Frustrations of the Profession

Robin Wenger is a grant writer for the City of Elkhart, Indiana. As a veteran writer, Wenger recently shared a list of frustrations – his top ten, to be exact– describing the challenges of grant writing. In introducing the list, Wenger begins with this statement: “I have been equally frustrated by the feds [federal agencies] […]

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Grants in Motion: Writing Tips That Raise the Bar

Join Glenda O’Neal, administrator of Grant-Writing-Proposal.com, for an upcoming presentation during the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Biennial Conference, September 14, 2012, in St. Louis, Missouri. Workshop Description Calling all grant writers – brush up your writing skills in this workshop filled with tips for improving foundation and federal grant writing. Pulling from articles on her […]

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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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Grant Applications Need Follow-Up

An applicant submits a grant proposal, and the waiting begins. What, if any, action can a grant writer take while the proposal is under review? Federal agencies limit an applicant’s opportunities to conduct follow-up activities. They do the follow-up essentially by acknowledging receipt of the proposal and confirming an on-time submission with applicants. Once they […]

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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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