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Writing Stellar Grant Proposals...Tips from CFDA

The Grant Advisors are always perusing the internet to find hidden grant tips from foundations, federal agencies and associations. Recently, they uncovered a helpful section of the CFDA website focusing on writing stellar proposals.

CFDA or the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance is a government-wide compendium of Federal programs, projects, services and activities providing assistance or benefits to the American public. It contains financial and non-financial assistance programs administered by departments and establishments of the federal government.

The handy online information is broken into two parts: (1) Developing a Grant Proposal; and (2) Writing the Grant Proposal. The Grant Advisors found some interesting tidbits.

A good example is CFDA’s following recommendation:

Individuals without prior grant proposal writing experience may find it useful to attend a grantsmanship workshop. A workshop can amplify the basic information presented here. Applicants interested in additional readings on grantsmanship and proposal development should consult the references listed at the end of this section and explore other library resources.

The key term in this recommendation is “grantsmanship workshop.” This is a unique way to describe technical assistance programs at the federal level, which is never used in the actual solicitation. A Google search for the term turns up several upcoming and existing workshops at various federal agencies including:

  • Nat’l Institute of Nursing Research at the Nat’l Institutes of Health (Health & Human Services Department)
  • Nat’l Institute of Food Agriculture at the Food & Nutrition Service (Agriculture Department

Those interested in finding hidden technical assistance for their favorite funding programs can contact Grant Advisors at (410) 934-7652 or

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