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Federal Grants Short Course An Introduction. By Sally Hintz, office of Senator Maria Cantwell. Federal Grants Short Course Goals. To provide information and advice on searching and applying for competitive federal grants.

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federal grants short course an introduction

Federal Grants Short CourseAn Introduction

By Sally Hintz,

office of Senator Maria Cantwell

federal grants short course goals
Federal Grants Short Course Goals
  • To provide information and advice on searching and applying for competitive federal grants.
  • To educate constituents on the Congressional Delegation’s role in obtaining federal funding.
grants staff from the offices of senators murray and cantwell
Grants staff from the offices of Senators Murray and Cantwell
  • Sheila Babb, Grants and Appropriations Coordinator

(206) 553-5545

Sheila_Babb@murray.senate.gov

  • Melanie Mihara, Grants Coordinator

(206) 220-6400

Melanie_Mihara@cantwell.senate.gov

nw regional staff from the offices of senators murray and cantwell
NW Regional Staff from the offices of Senators Murray and Cantwell
  • Rita Beal, NW Washington Director

Office of Senator Patty Murray

(425) 259-6515

Rita_Beal@Murray.Senate.gov

  • Sally Hintz, NW Washington Director
  • Office of Senator Maria Cantwell

(425) 404-0114

Sally_Hintz@Cantwell.Senate.gov

senator cantwell s committee assignments
Senator Cantwell’s Committee Assignments
  • Commerce, Science and Transportation
    • Chair, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Finance
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Indian Affairs
researching grants
Researching Grants
  • www.grants.gov
    • Search for current funding opportunities
    • Apply for grants online
    • Receive electronic updates
catalogue of federal domestic assistance
Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance
  • www.cfda.gov
    • Comprehensive list of all federal programs including technical assistance and equipment.
how to read a cfda announcement
How to read a CFDA Announcement
  • Objectives
  • Types of Assistance
  • Use and Use Restrictions
  • Applicant Eligibility
  • Obligations
  • Range and Average of Financial Assistance
  • Related Programs
senator murray s grants gateway
Senator Murray’s Grants Gateway

http://murray.senate.gov/grants/

non profit and philanthropy resource center www kcls org philanthropy
Non-Profit and Philanthropy Resource Centerwww.kcls.org/philanthropy/
ways a congressional office can be of assistance
Ways a Congressional Office Can Be of Assistance
  • Letters of Support
    • Two weeks notice
    • Summary or Abstract of proposal
    • Who we should address letter to at federal agency
    • How we should get the letter to you (e-mail, hard copy)

Note: Some agencies prefer letters to arrive with the grant, some prefer letters be sent to the agency’s Congressional Liaison.

ways a congressional office can be of assistance cont
Ways a Congressional Office Can Be of Assistance (Cont.)
  • Information Gathering
    • Identify agency contacts
    • Reiterate support
    • Check status of review process
    • Peer reviewer’s notes
    • Appeals process
    • Funding notifications
three grant dealbreakers
Three Grant Dealbreakers
  • The application came in late.
  • The application was longer than the agency guidelines.
  • The dollar amount requested was over the award ceiling.

Failure to comply with any of these three rules means the proposal will not even be read.

four grant myths
Four Grant Myths
  • Anyone can get a federal grant
  • Members of Congress decide who gets a grant and can review applications.
  • If you get a grant, it will take care of everything.
  • It’s easy to get grants—it’s free money.
tips for a successful application
Tips for a Successful Application
  • Agencies like to fund partnerships
  • Get partnerships and in-kind donations in writing
  • Don’t duplicate services already in a community
  • Don’t stretch what your organization is actually capable of
  • Follow grant instructions precisely
  • You are responsible for the actions of your grant writers, consultants and partners– you will be audited.
if your application is not successful
If your application is not successful…
  • Learn from your mistakes. Review denied applications with agency staff
  • Consider other funding sources available, including loans, equipment and technical assistance
  • Consider attending an agency workshop on the program or online course.
conclusions
Conclusions
  • Planning and patience are necessary when applying for federal funding.
  • Information on federal funding is readily available.
  • You must have realistic expectations.