Getting Funded

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The grant announcement, RFP, or RFA, may include information about the timeframes for grant review and announcement. This information may or may not be provided, depending on the agency or program. If it is provided, it is usually stated in general terms. The grant review and notice of award process is very difficult to predict with accuracy. Therefore, organizations should not depend on grant funding to be available by a specific time.

Use your tracking number to check the status of your application.

When submitting an application using Grants.gov, you can easily use your tracking number to learn the status of your application using the “Track my Application” page found at https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/checkApplStatus.faces.  To learn more about potential statuses you might encounter after submitting your proposal, access Grant.gov’s guide Tracking your Grant Application Package: What to Expect After Submission at http://www07.grants.gov/assets/TrackingYourApplicationPackage.pdf.

If not notified by email, notice of grant awards are often provided in writing to the grant recipients, and recipients are listed in Federal agency announcements and on their websites.

Follow up with the grant provider if you are not funded.

If your proposal is not funded, try to find out why you did not receive funding and how you could improve a future application. The program officer from the funding announcement can probably provide you with information about your application, or at least tell you who to contact to get additional feedback about your proposal. In some cases, written comments on your proposal may be available. Again, you may also be able to get copies of successful proposals to guide future efforts.

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Learn from those who were successful applying for the award.

Visit USAspending.gov to learn more about successful grant applicants.

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