Organizations with no, or minimal, experience with federal grants often have unrealistic expectations re: how quickly they’ll receive funding. The feds operate on their own timetable. You can’t go from zero to “millions” in less than a year. The process doesn’t work that way. Federal grants are a long-term play, not a quick fix. If […]
Here’s a simple truth: The more you write grant proposals, the better you get at developing them. For new proposal writers, there isn’t a magic bullet, or a secret formula, that helps you master the craft. You just have to do it over and over and over again. Repetition increases your speed and it improves […]
Before you go after a grant, you need to have a well-developed idea (or a plan) for what you want to accomplish and how you’re going to do it—especially if you’re hiring a consultant to help prepare the application. If you start from a blank sheet of paper and group brainstorming, you’ll rack up a […]
Here’s a tip to improve your federal grant applications: always get a copy of the reviewers’ scores and comments for the proposals you submit. Use their feedback to improve future applications.
People like to talk new ideas to death. To hell with that. Less talk, more action. Make it happen!
There have been a number of controversies with administration officials flying on private or charter flights while conducting government business. Don’t try this with your federal grants. If you want to fly on chartered aircraft, you can BUT your grant cannot pay for the entire cost. You can charge your grant up to the price […]
Equipment for your federal grant might not be what you think it is. “Equipment” is defined by the Feds as “tangible personal property (including information technology systems) having a useful life of more than one year and a per-unit acquisition cost which equals or exceeds the lesser of the capitalization level established by the non-Federal […]