Applying for federal funding for the first time can feel like a daunting task.

You may ask yourself, what ARE the steps necessary to be “grant ready” as a potential federal grantee?

A few key pieces you need to focus on:

1 – Ensure all required registrations are complete and up to date.

2 – Identify funding opportunities prior to their formal NOFA/FOA release.

3- Conduct pre-planning to ensure strong program/application design.  We will also look at how to create and submit a competitive application for submission once the formal application is released.

4 – Identify your natural partners and engage them in your pre-planning process.We will also look at how to create and submit a competitive application for submission once the formal application is released.

5 – Finally, create and submit a competitive application for submission once the formal application is released.

Simple? Maybe on paper. Skipping one step, or hurrying through one step can lead to a less competitive proposal which while technically maybe eligible, and technically maybe fundable, will not receive the scores necessary to secure the funds your organization needs to achieve its goals.

Looking for tools to help make the process easier? I have two different grant readiness capacity building tools specifically related to federal grant proposals for you to consider:

  • Federal Grants 101: How to be Successful Securing Federal Grants: A 90 minute webinar through Charity How To, presented by WSC’s very own, Diane H. Leonard, GPC. The next sessions are offered on January 21st at 1pm EST or January 27th at 3pm EST.
  • Download the WSC Federal Grant Workbook as a step by step guide to walk you through the pre-planning process and application/program design portion of the five grant readiness steps outlined above.

Do you have questions about either tool? Or about having external support to guide you through the grant readiness and pre-planning process? Reach out to the WSC team so that we can help ensure that you are grant ready for your federal grant applications!