Chapter 9

Assessing Federal Grant Opportunities for Your Agency

In This Chapter

arrow Reviewing federal government grant-funding opportunity announcements

arrow Drilling down to the actual review criteria for funding consideration

arrow Hooking up with partners to support your federal government grant application

Most grant writers start out their grant writing endeavors by writing proposals for foundation and corporate grants. This is definitely the easier route for most grant writers, new or veteran. However, sooner or later you’ll need to start exploring bigger pots of money. These bigger pots are typically found in grant-funding opportunities at the federal level, which means you need to get comfortable reading a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), searching for and highlighting the technical requirements for your grant application, and rounding up the right crew of potential partners to support your grant application’s submission.

All federal funding agencies publish guidelines that spell out the type of grant or cooperative agreement application that they expect grant seekers to submit (the NOFA language). The guidelines and the review points assigned to each section of the grant or cooperative ...

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