Why do you want a grant? It’s not a simple question. Seriously, why do you want a federal grant? Does your organization not have any money and you’re chasing dollars OR are you being advised by someone that federal grants are they way to go OR do you have a strategy with this federal grant? Do you want to use it to expand a successful program to the next level—and to leverage it to attract additional funding from state and private sources? Have a strategy. “We have an idea and we need money” is not a strategy. That’s coming from a place of defense and desperation. Be proactive and have a plan.