Recently, The Grant Advisors uncovered a helpful PowerPoint presentation created by federal funding officials at the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), an office of the Health & Human Services Department.
HRSA is the primary federal agency for funding to improve access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable.
The presentation, called Tips for Writing & Submitting Good Grant Proposals, offers several insights, including the following top 10 “to do’s” to submit a quality application:
1. Read the funding opportunity announcement completely.
2. Have a conversation with other stakeholders (persons involved with the project), look at your organization, and ask if the capacity exists in your organization to accomplish your potential proposal. (Can you really do what is being asked?)
3. Evaluate whether this is worth your effort? Not the need, but your group’s ability.
4. Look at your fiscal house. Do you have the fiscal infrastructure and/or capacity?
5. Go to the mirror, your Board and your team and ask if and how will you not only submit a quality proposal but what will and how will you gauge the quality of your work?
6. Get a full understanding of the sponsor’s request?
7. Ask questions of the funder. The contact information is there for your assistance. HRSA proposals would normally include Program contact information and Grants Management contact information.
8. Make yourself available for any Technical Assistance opportunities presented by the funder.
9. Review your proposal prior to submission. Have someone read the potential proposal
10. Re-read & amend the proposal.
Those seeking additional grant writing guidance can contact Grant Advisors Ray Sweeney and Frank Klimko by phone at (410) 934-7652 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org