Federal Grant Writing Boot Camp

What We Cover in Federal Grant Writing Boot Camp

Grant Writing Boot Camp gives you a broad overview of the grant process, from accessing grant readiness to conducting federal grant research and collaborating with partners to developing budgets and work plans.

We cover:

  • Getting started with federal grants
    • Overview of federal grants, including the grant application lifecycle
    • Assessing federal grant readiness for your organization
    • Pre-award requirements for grant recipients
  • Researching federal awards
    • How to research current and future opportunities for federal funding
    • Search tools for effective grant seeking
    • The myths and truths of federal grant seeking
  • Preplanning for federal funding
    • What you can do in advance of receiving funding to position your organization for success
  • Engaging collaborative partners and subcontractors-Best practices and requirements
    • Subrecipient vs. contractor determinations
    • Managing partner risk
    • Recognizing and avoiding conflicts of interest
    • Expectation setting and other hard lessons that can cost you big
  • Developing a needs statement
    • Understanding the different parts of a well-constructed needs statement
    • Why misunderstanding needs can put your program in jeopardy
  • The power of logic models
    • Proper care and use of logic models with federal projects
    • How strong logic models support strong program outcomes
    • Who else benefits from logic models
  • SMART Objectives
    • Basics of  SMART objectives development
  • Mastering the evaluation process
    • What’s required by your desired funder?
    • How evaluation is the beginning and not the end
    • Common misconceptions about program evaluation
  • Staffing for success
    • Determining who you need for your program and when you to add them. Common reasons grant recipients get audit findings and how to avoid them
  • Organizational capacity planning in the real-world
    • What’s included in organizational capacity-best practices and pitfalls
    • Common types of capacity needs?
  • Budgets that work
    • How to layout a budget that minimizes future revisions
    • Best practices for budgeting that funders love

And more…