I came across the first of these posts by Lisa Hannett just before Christmas and have been waiting for her to put up the third and final one.
Applying for grants is one of those incredibly frustrating things that writers do in an effort to be able to spend serious uninterrupted time on completing a project. It doesn't matter if you are an established author or a beginner, to have the luxury of a set amount of money actually coming into your bank account so you can concentrate on what you want to be doing - getting that story that's roiling in your mind down on the page - without having to worry about other mundanities like generating a regular income is a wonderful relief. The trouble is the pot of money is small and the number of applicants is large so anything that might improve your chances is worth paying attention to.
For those who haven't read some of her amazing fiction, Lisa Hannett has a long list of short story publications including The February Dragon co-written with Angela Slatter which won Best Fantasy Short Story in the 2010 Aurealis Awards and received an Honourable Mention in the 2010 Year's Best Horror (edited by Ellen Datlow). Her first collection of short stories Bluegrass Symphony was published by Ticonderoga Publications in 2011.
She has recently successfully applied for a grant from the South Australian Government and has documented what she has culled from the experience. Here are the links to her posts.
On Applying for Grants Part One, Part Two and Part Three