Why wait for press releases or media reports to tell you what’s happening in DC? Go straight to the source. Congress.gov is an amazing resource to keep tabs on pending bills and your elected officials.
For your consideration: a few of the issues that trip up new federal grant seekers. In no particular order. Starting too late. Most federal grants have an application window of 30-45 days and you’ll need all of it to prepare a competitive proposal. If you start too late—either because you took too long to decide […]
Federal grant applications, and the funding process, can be overwhelming—even for veteran grants professionals. Take a deep breath, focus on the things you can control and your proposals should be pretty darn competitive. Let’s start with the short list… Things you can’t control Amount of funds appropriated by Congress. This is related to the program(s) […]
Is your organization at the point where you want to formalize your grant seeking efforts with a dedicated full-time employee? Wonderful! You can only get so far with someone going after grants in addition to their other responsibilities. If you want to take grants to the next level, you need to start a grants department—even […]
Local governments (i.e., counties, cities, towns, school districts, water districts, etc.) are not always eligible to apply for private grants. Many local government employees believe they work for a nonprofit organization. Sort of—but not really. Local governments are a special animal; they’re political subdivisions of their states. When private/corporate foundations say they accept proposals from […]
Don’t be afraid to apply for funds outside of your primary field. That is, if you’re a housing agency, it’s okay to apply for Department of Justice funds or Education funds (or whatever) so long as the funding’s purpose is a match with your mission. As we get deeper into our professional life, we get […]
Organizations with no, or minimal, experience with federal grants often have completely unrealistic expectations re: how quickly they’ll receive funding. The feds operate on their own timetable; that will never change. It might take six months or more before you receive a decision on the first application you submit. And the solution isn’t to adopt […]
The Grant Doctors is attending the global technology event, CES, January 7-10, 2020. We’ll be representing our grant-funded clients in education, local government, healthcare and public safety. If you’re unable to attend, we would love to be your organization’s eyes and ears. Our representation service includes: A pre-event call to discuss your current and anticipated […]