With application periods tightening, it’s essential to always be ready to apply for new grant opportunities. You should have a top 3 or a top 5 list of projects you want funded. Don’t wait until grants are announced to start planning. For each of your high-priority projects, you should already have a solid framework created so you’re not starting from square one. Define the needs for each project; do you have the data to support those needs? What would staffing look like for each project? Do you need any external partners? Do you have them in place or do you need to establish relationships? What resources do you need to bring these projects online (supplies, travel, consultants, and so on)? Maybe draft a couple budgets: one on the low-end assuming minimal funding and another on the high-end that provides maximum resources. The more contingency planning you can do, the better off you’ll be when grants are announced.