Webinar: Federal Grants 101

Are you interested in learning the basics of federal grants and federal grant writing? Log in with AFI Systems (www.afisystems.com) and listen to the webinar presentation of Glenda O’Neal, administrator, Grant-Writing-Proposals.com, titled “Federal Grants 101.” The 90-minute program is available in the GrantNavigator Community Section of the AFI Systems’ website @ http://grantnavigator.afisystems.com/login. The webinar presents […]

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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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Tis the Season for Year-End Grant Requests

As the end of the calendar year approaches, it is time for fundraisers to implement annual appeal campaigns to solicit year-end contributions. “Tis the season” also for grant writers to revisit prospect lists to identify grant makers, especially foundations and corporations, open to making year-end grants. Procedurally, the business of grant making slows during the […]

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Factors Influencing a Grant Writer’s Success Rate

One of the first questions an interviewer asks of a grant-writing candidate is, “What is your success rate?” While a response giving a percentage or ratio of success is expected, it is not always as simple as that. A number of factors that are beyond his control can affect a grant writer’s success rate. Selection […]

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Audit Findings and Grant Reviews

Why do foundations ask to see an audit report? What are they looking for in the report? What can an organization do when it does not have an audit report to send? It is standard procedure for foundations to request a copy of an organization’s most recent annual audit report as part of the grant […]

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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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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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Foundation 990 Reports

Foundation 990 Reports Assist Grant Writers Grant writers often state that one of the most difficult decisions they have to make when preparing a grant application is determining how much to request from the foundation for their project. The foundation’s Form 990, filed annually with the IRS, can guide organizations in making their requests as […]

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Grant Writing Assumptions to Avoid

Grant-Writing-Proposasl.com cautions grant writers to avoid making these assumptions about their organizations and programs when writing foundation and government grants: Assumption #1: Reviewers will read the proposal in its entirety. Overall, foundations prefer brevity in proposal writing for the simple reason many reviewers do not have a lot of time to devote to the task. […]

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