Navigating the Uncertainty and Stress of Federal Grants
Learning, understanding, and feeling confident, not just informed about federal grants is a significant undertaking for a grant seeking organization. Mix in the occasional federal government shut down or the shifts in policy goals and funding priorities when there are changes in leadership in the government, and the federal grant funding landscape can feel stressful and uncertain.
As a result, I thought I would pull together some resources that will help you feel more confident in understanding federal grant funding and more competitive when you go to click submit in Workspace.gov on your next application.
Here are a few broad resources to help you feel more comfortable with federal grants:
- I wrote a blog post for CharityHowTo recently about federal grants: Learning if Federal Grants Are a Fit for Your Organization…and if a Fit…How to be Competitive
- Fundraising HayDay (read: a great grant writing focused podcast) has an episode on public funding
- Writing to Win Federal Grants (both a book and a workbook) by Cheryl Kester and Karen Cassidy
What are some of the current conversations that are happening about how the government shutdown is impacting the grant field:
- Christine E. Howard wrote a piece about how SBIR funding is being impacted by the shutdown: Government Shutdown and Federal Funding
- eCivis wrote these 5 FAQs last year, but are still very relevant to the current shutdown: Grants and the Federal Shutdown
Here are also a few recent articles about nonprofits/philanthropy and the current government shutdown:
- Communities Hold Together Programs with Duct Tape – Nonprofit Quarterly
- Shutdown Leaves Law Students Externs Potentially Available to Nonprofits – Nonprofit Quarterly
- Members of Congress Opening Wallets During Closed Government – The Nonprofit Times
- Federal Shutdown Has Nonprofits Opening Services – The Nonprofit Times
What questions do you have about how to feel more confident about seeking federal grants? Let us know in the questions box or by contacting us so that we can help you feel more confident.