Developing a proofreading strategy can greatly improve the quality of your federal grant application. Here are some tips from grant-making offices across the government that you can use for developing this strategy.
1. Enlist content proofreaders early in the process.
“Request that your colleagues or mentors review a first draft of your specific aims early in the process,” advises NIH.
Consider asking your early proofreaders to focus on macro issues, such as the organization of narrative sections or the logical flow within your application narrative. Even if your proposal is not completely ready, you can still have your designated proofreaders review some sections of the proposal. An Office of Justice Programs resource concurs, stating that early proofreading will allow for “sufficient time to deal with missing information,” as well as other common issues.
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Grants.gov has long been attentive to the needs of applicants like Leo. One of the key benefits of the Grants.gov Workspace platform is that it can serve a range of applicant needs, including those applicants who must work on forms offline due to slow or intermittent access to internet.
Continue reading User Story: Applying for Federal Grants When Internet Connectivity Is Limited
Whether you are writing an email, blog post, or lengthy proposal, you need to consider the question, “Who is my audience?” In the grants world, your audience will usually be the agency awarding funds and the people reviewing your application.
The process of learning about a grant-making agency is closely related to evaluating mission alignment, so this next installment of the Grant Writing Basics series assumes that (1) your organization’s mission aligns with that of the grant-making agency and that (2) you are actively preparing to write a grant application.
Why Is It Important to Understand Your Audience?
Continue reading Grant Writing Basics: Understand the Funder before Writing
Over the last few weeks, we have begun featuring user scenarios from across the Grants.gov user experience. Click the User Story tag for all the posts in the series.
Now that Susan is up to speed on the phases of the federal grant lifecycle, she feels better equipped to begin scouring Grants.gov for grant opportunities that hold promise for her organization. To complicate things a bit, Susan’s university is looking for grants across a range of different categories.
So for each grouping of opportunities, she will need to use a different combination of keywords and search parameters. Of course, it would be great to be able to save these different search queries and receive emails when a grant comes up in them.
Let’s look at a three-part strategy Susan has designed for finding opportunities that may help you find the grants you are looking for.
Continue reading User Story: Designing a Strategy for Finding Federal Grants
As with many projects in life, it is best to begin your planning and writing as early as you can. When applying for federal grants, the OMB Uniform Guidance sets forth a 30 to 60 day range for federal funding opportunities to be open:
“(b) The Federal awarding agency must generally make all funding opportunities available for application for at least 60 calendar days. The Federal awarding agency may make a determination to have a less than 60 calendar day availability period but no funding opportunity should be available for less than 30 calendar days unless exigent circumstances require as determined by the Federal awarding agency head or delegate.” §200.203(b)
A reasonable follow-up question to this is what to do if you would like to begin working on a grant application more than two months in advance.
Continue reading Grant Writing Basics: How to Start Working on Future Funding Opportunities
You’ve probably been in Susan’s circumstance at some point in your career. You’re starting a new job, and it has something to do with grants but don’t know exactly what that means. Now you need to quickly learn about federals grants so that you can get one and manage it.
How Can Susan Learn about Grants?
Continue reading New Hire to a University – The Beginning of Susan’s Applicant Story
As our blog name suggests, we are all about connecting and supporting the federal grants community. On May 1st, we had a great time during the weekly #GrantChat on Twitter. In the #GrantChat Highlights 5-part series, we will recap key questions and share your contributions to the community.
What is the “grants community”? What does it mean to you?
We refer to the grants community often, so it’s important to reflect on and define what we – and other members of the community – mean:
Continue reading The Grants Community | #GrantChat Highlights Part 1
It is easy to be intimidated when you first encounter a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on Grants.gov.
There are the four tabs of content. The technical language culled from industry and government programs. Application forms, some of which may require file attachments. And, of course, there is the shiver-inducing closing date.
Continue reading Demystifying Funding Opportunity Announcements on Grants.gov—Grant Writing Basics
In October we shared 5 Key Competencies for Aspiring Federal Grants Management Pros based on the U.S. Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Council’s Financial Assistance Management Career Roadmap. Today, we are continuing with 4 more important elements to your career progression.
For all grant pros, these competencies represent important concepts and responsibilities to know and practice along your career path.
Continue reading 4 (More) Key Competencies for Grant Professionals
If you are a grant professional with the federal government, or if you are involved in the grant-making process, then this conference is for you. With the focus of “Pathways to Grant Success,” this training conference by HHS’ Office of Grants and Acquisition Policy and Accountability (OGAPA) will cover the following areas:
Continue reading Register for the HHS Grants Management Conference on January 9, 2018