What Is a Grant Program?

Resource Government
May 17, 2012 — 883 views  
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Submitting grant applications is a challenge many government agencies encounter, so understanding the process is immensely helpful. Not only will possessing basic knowledge prove valuable during the process, but it could help you with future applications.

Planning

You typically obtain grant funding by planning, writing and submitting a proposal. This endeavor might require a significant amount of time and effort, so devoting additional attention to planning is important when completing the entire process. Planning involves collecting information about the grant and reviewing internal deadlines.

Begin on your own before you consult with other members of your organization. Doing so will help you establish what you hope to accomplish with the grant funds, complete preliminary research and present a basic strategy to your co-workers.

Once you've completed initial planning, you'll need to convince your peers that this grant is a worthwhile opportunity for your agency. Consult with other agency employees to receive insight on completing your application, which can improve your chances of receiving grant funds.

Developing a timeline with your institution could prove especially helpful. Meet with experienced staff to receive assistance in this area. Additionally, longtime workers might deliver insight into the grant process based on previous submissions - the more people you consult, the better. The planning process is far from perfect, and some might struggle to follow schedules. Give yourself extra time to account for issues that may arise during the grant process.

Writing

Hundreds of local and state government agencies may write proposals for grant funds, so take the time necessary to make sure your proposal is unique. Think about how an application recipient might evaluate your idea as you write. This could help you perfect your idea as you explain why your proposal deserves financial support.

Be sure to proofread your writing. It's particularly helpful to have at least one other person check out the proposal, and the more people you consult during the writing process, the better. 

Submitting

After you've completed the planning and writing, you'll be ready to submit your application. Double check all applicable submission criteria and deadlines before you complete this process. Some organizations might prefer paper submissions, while others may like electronic ones and some accept both. Understand exactly what an organization is looking for before you submit an application, and of course, don't be afraid to ask questions if you're unsure.

Verify your submission to ensure the organization has received all of your paperwork. Ideally, you'll want to do this within a week of submission. This gives an organization an opportunity to receive your application and review its contents, and also allows it to provide you with details of what information, if any, is missing. 

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