A word to the wise: If you need help with your federal grant or your annual report, contact your program officer this week before everyone goes on vacation. DC turns into a ghost town in December. At the very least, ask if they’re taking time off so you can plan around their schedule.
Own everything you do—all of it: good and bad.
I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s worth repeating. Follow every RFP/NOFO guideline and requirement: page limits, margins, font type, font size, line spacing (including line spacing of tables, headers and footers), information that should (and should not) be included in the appendices, what can (and can not) be included in the budget and so on. […]
Feels a little different in 2020.
Optimism > Pessimism
Here’s an idea very few grant seekers take advantage of: look at other organizations’ proposals. Many federal agencies post successful proposals online (they’re public documents after all). Visit the federal websites with the grants you’re interested in and download a few proposals from previous cycles. Take a look at everything: see how they’re formatted, how […]
Here’s a simple fact: talking doesn’t get things done. People love to talk new ideas to death. To Hell with that. Less talk, more action. Make it happen.
Explain everything in sufficient detail so even a layperson can understand your proposal. Nine times out of ten, the federal reviewers will be reasonably well versed (if not experts) in your field, but don’t assume that. Assume the people reviewing your proposal are the one in ten that aren’t 100% familiar with your industry. Spell […]