It is a good idea to identify the agencies that fund the type of work you are interested in and learn as much as possible about their programs and the types of organizations they fund. Access their websites, research their programs, and monitor their press releases, notices, program announcements, and request for proposals (RFP) or request for applications (RFA). Federal, state, and local agencies also often offer technical assistance workshop opportunities to talk to program staff directly. At these workshops, funding agencies generally offer information about eligibility, program goals and objectives, administrative requirements, and compliance. Attending a technical assistance workshop can be a critical step in preparing your organization to apply for assistance. Announcements of workshops are included in grant notices, press releases, newspaper advertisements, and RFPs. If a technical assistance workshop is offered for a grant program you are interested in, attend if possible, or at least request the workshop materials so that you can review them.