Writing a federal government grant can be a huge project, one that often involves a team of people working closely together under great duress. You can decrease that stress by taking a few steps to prepare, including these tips for federal grant writing:
- Completing this five-step grant registration process as early as possible
- Setting — and sticking to — deadlines for completing drafts
- Alerting partnering organizations that MOUs are needed, ASAP
- Read the review criteria to get ideas on what aspects of the application are most important
- Review this thorough list of applicant resources and tools put together by Grants.gov
The first federal government grant is always the hardest — after you’ve got one under your belt, it gets easier!
In addition to these tips, we have more! Click here for even more tips on writing — and managing — a federal grant. Here’s the rub: Even after you write and receive the grant, the work doesn’t stop. There’s often a slew of compliance guidelines you’ll have to meet. You may also have reporting requirements you’ll need to adhere to.
If all of this still seems overwhelming, and if your organization is just too stretched to handle all the details, it may be time to hire a grant writing consultant. They’ll make sure your organization fits the grant requirements. They can look over your materials for grant readiness. They’ll also help develop the proposal, ensuring it meets the guidelines. They can likely even help with submission, which is a lengthy process that involves preparing numerous attachments and uploading a slew of documents. If they’re experienced, they’ll guide the process seamlessly. Many professional grant writers can also assist with the grants management process after you receive the award, too.