Are you an organization that is considering applying for your first federal grant?
Do you think you are a “grant ready ” organization?
You are likely part of an organization that is ready to have grant revenue in your budget; I would agree with that.
The big million dollar question, though, is if you are a grant ready organization and if you will be competitive in the federal grant seeking process.
How can you tell if you are a grant ready organization? How can you tell if your organization which has been successful with private foundations, or maybe with state agencies, or better yet both private foundations and state agencies, will be competitive with federal agencies?
You should begin by looking at three key areas to determine your overall readiness:
Type of Eligible Organization – Is your organization an eligible organization for the specific funding opportunity or specific federal agency you are interested in pursuing? Do you need to collaborate with an eligible lead applicant instead?
Documentation and Capacity – Do you have a strategic plan? Do you have an existing diversified operating budget? Do you have sufficient grant management capacity?
Registration, Policies & Procedures – Do you have your organization’s required registrations completed/updated? Have you reviewed your federal grant management policies and procedures, and are they OMB Uniform Grant Guidance and DATA Act compliant? Have you assembled your grant team?
Looking for more detailed advice about getting started with federal grants? Join us for the live premium webinar of Federal Grants 101: Securing Millions for Your Organization, or if more convenient for your schedule, join us for the on-demand tutorial of Federal Grants 101: Securing Millions for Your Organization here.
If you have questions about how to:
- Be “grant ready” to be a federal grantee;
- Identify potential federal grant opportunities prior to a NOFA/FOA being released to allow for pre-planning;
- Structure and conduct your pre-planning and application development process; or
- Create and submit a competitive federal funding application
You don’t want to miss Federal Grants 101!