The Benefits of an Advisory Council

Advisory councils benefit clients, grantees, and federal agencies and play an important role in helping an applicant to win and implement a federal grant. How federal agencies view advisory councils Advisory councils have two important roles in federal grant programs. First, membership on the council can include representatives of the client service population thus assuring […]

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Expand Opportunities to Apply for Federal Grants

Federal grant eligibility is open to individuals, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, small businesses, educational institutions, public housing, for-profit organizations, and others. Each grant announcement specifically addresses applicant eligibility since it varies by federal grant program. There are two ways an organization, referred to Agency A below, can expand its opportunities to apply for grants when […]

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The Role of Politics in Federal Grants

The federal grant application process is not immune from politics. Even though the emphasis in preparing a federal grant application is on scoring maximum points during the review process, politics can and does have a say in the process for awarding funds. Applicants are advised to involve their congressional representatives early on by contacting his/her […]

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Target Grant Writing to the Reviewers

Marketing the organization and its services to the buyer—in this case, the grant maker—is an integral part of successful grant writing. It pays to know about the individuals who will be reading the grant proposal and making the funding decisions so writers can feature relevant information in their proposals. For example, the reviewers of federal […]

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Sample Letters: Support for Matching Funds

Foundation and federal grant writers can learn more about what a grant maker is looking for in letters of financial support by examining sample letters from the Department of Education. Foundation grant makers and governmental agencies may require applicants to submit letters of support along with their proposals to demonstrate that applicants have secured the […]

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Components of a Winning Federal Grant

The components of a successful federal grant are identified by the “three P’s:” 1. Project 2. Project Director 3. Program Officer 1.Project ​Hands down, the most important factor for the success of a federal grant proposal is the proposed project. Reviewers will determine how closely the proposed project aligns with the request for proposal (RFP) […]

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Can a Federal Agency Cancel a Grant Program?

The Department of Education has canceled 19 previously scheduled discretionary grant programs for the current fiscal year, FY 2011 — programs totaling $124.69 million. This is sad news for the organizations and grant writers who have invested time preparing applications for the programs. Can federal agencies do this—cancel a program after it has been officially […]

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Reading an RFP

Federal agencies call their grant announcements by different names: RFP- Request for Proposals; RFA-Request for Applications; FOA- Funding Opportunity Announcement; or NOFA- Notice of Funding Availability. It is important for applicants to read between the lines and let the criteria presented in a federal agency’s grant announcement guide the development of a federal grant application. […]

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A Change in Grant Applications

One of the more interesting changes in grant writing is the amount of information grant makers require in applications. Government and foundation grant makers alike ask for similar information, but application requirements give us less and less space to present it. With the passage of the Paperwork Reduction Act in 1980, grant writers saw federal […]

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Should I Establish an Indirect Cost Rate

Grant Writing: Should I Establish an Indirect Cost Rate? Foundations do not particularly like to fund indirect costs, and yet they are a standard budget line item in federal grant applications. Has your organization established an indirect cost rate? Are you questioning if it is really necessary to establish one? Definitions “Indirect cost” is an […]

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