Government Grants

The staff of Writing Grants is proud of the successes they have had helping business, community and government organizations achieve their goals. Many worthwhile initiatives have been realized through the hard work of these organizations and the funding support received from Federal, State, County, and municipal government entities.

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Millions of dollars in government grants are available to support an incredible range of activities!

Federal

At the Federal level, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health fund "Research Education Grants in Drug Abuse and Addiction". The U.S. Department of Education supports "High School Equivalency Program" grants and "Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program" grants. The National Endowment for the Humanities allocates grants for the "Stabilization of Humanities Collections". The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offers "HUD Urban Scholars Fellowship Programs" and "HOPE VI Revitalization of Severely Distressed Public Housing" grants.

State

State government also provides an incredible array of grant programs. The New Jersey Department of Education, for example, provides: "21st Century Community Learning Center Grants" and "Students Using Technology to Achieve Reading-Writing Grants". The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation offer grants for "Parks Programs", "Historic Preservation Programs", and "Heritage Areas Programs". The NYS Office of Children and Family Services provides funds for "Advantage After School" programs and "Early Childhood Development Programs".

In a similar way, County and Municipal governmental agencies provide grants for training and employment, home ownership, community development, youth programs, and other areas of priority interests.

The Competitive Grant

Although there are thousands of grants, the key is to learn about the grant application process, which begins with an understanding of the "competitive" grant process.

A competitive grant provides funds based upon a Request for Proposal or RFP, which identifies the exact requirements for submitting a grant proposal. Once a proposal is submitted, the proposal will be reviewed according to a systematic evaluation process and one or more proposals will be selected to receive funds.

Proposal Requirements

Most competitive government grant RFPs will include the following requirements:

1. Identify the types of applicants eligible to apply for the grant. Some grants will state that "only non-profit" agencies or only "Local Education Agencies (LEA)" are eligible to apply for funds.

2. A deadline for submission. Some grants will also include a notification date for informing applicants of the grant award.

3. A grant award range or a specified amount of funds an applicant may request.

4. A set of requirements, either in outline and/or "question" form, for preparing the proposal narrative. The proposal narrative will typically ask the applicant to present the following:

  • A statement and/or analysis of need. For example, if one is requesting funds to provide an after school program focused on middle school math, the statement of need should describe why this project (the proposed after school math program) is of critical necessity. The project might be needed because middle school student performance in math in poor or there could be a lack of effective after school math programs in a given area. Often the statement of need will require the applicant to support the request with statistical data.
  • Statement of objectives. What are the key objectives, which will be achieved through the implementation of the proposed project?
  • A plan of action: activities; key dates; responsibilities.
  • An evaluation plan for determining if the objectives of the project were reached.

5. Standards and rules to follow for formatting and submitting the proposal.

6. Forms, which must be completed, and typically require original signatures of the Chief Executive Officer of the institution or agency applying for the grant.

In addition, some competitive government grants will include:

Preferences. An RFP might identify special preferences or requirements that provide an applicant with additional rating points if the requirement is met. For example, the grant RFP might state that preference will be given to proposals that address high priority areas or a specific type of population.

Preliminary Proposal. An RFP might require that a preliminary proposal, typically an overview of the project, first be submitted for evaluation. If the preliminary proposal is approved by the governmental agency, then the applicant will be invited to submit a complete proposal.

In-kind Resources. Many RFPs require the applicant to provide funding, material resources, and human resources as a “match”, or whose value is equal to, the amount of grants funds to be requested.

Pre-Proposal Submission Conference. Some RFPs will require potential applications to first attend a pre-proposal meeting (either optional or mandatory) during which the goals, priorities, eligibility factors, requirements, submission process, and evaluation processes are discussed.

As a general guiding rule, an applicant should carefully read and dissect the RFP and comply with all requirements.

 

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