Can You See What a Winning Application Looks Like?
Yes. Under the a law called The Freedom of Information Act, as a taxpayer, you have a right to see how the government is spending your money. This is your money they are handing out. Our democracy allows you to see applications from people who already received money under any program.
The office handing out the money may not be completely cooperative in helping you get copies of successful applications. They may look at it as a paperwork burden and will try to discourage you. If this happens ask to speak to someone in their Freedom Of Information Act Office. Every government department and agency has such an office and they can tell you the procedures for requesting exactly what you need. This is like getting the test ahead of time. But it’s legal.