A couple things grant seekers fail to consider before they start working on their federal application: First, how is your program different from other organizations addressing the same issue? Let’s say you’re applying for a high school dropout prevention grant. You don’t want to propose something that’s the flavor of the month. Think of it from the reviewer’s perspective. It’s difficult to score applications when you’re reading the same thing over and over again. Be different than the rest. Think of a unique, innovative solution so you stand out from the pack. Second, Think big. How could your program potentially be scaled nationally if it’s successful? Most applicants keep their attention focused locally but the federal funding agencies are increasingly asking grantees to explain how they could scale up their programs so keep that in mind when you’re in program development mode.