Grant Research & Development

Extensive research is required when identifying state or federal funding for sector specific projects. This effort should be tracked, prioritized and any contact with the agency should be recorded. There are many importantsteps an applicant should take both before submitting an application, during the application process and following the submission of a proposal.

  • You need to determine what you seek funding for and is it a fundable activity?
  • You need to determine which state or federal agency has responsibility for the funding you seek?
  • You need to research appropriate funding programs within each of the funding agencies.
  • You need to identify potential funding partners.

Once you have done this you need to:

  • Spend some time getting to know the agency staff, their directives, the legislation that funds or mandates the funding. Review all guideance documents and clearly understand how the funding they offer is to be used.
  • Determine an approach, scope of work that is appropriate for each funder.
  • Once an Request For Proposal is released provide funding organization with a well-written proposal
  • Provide clear objectives that meet the needs of each funding opportunity and sets forth a scope, schedule and budget for your activities.
  • Don’t expect to receive money on the first try and certainly not right away. Funding organizations often take many months to review and process grant applications.