Many intermediaries view the subaward process as a training and technical assistance opportunity to help applicants further build their capacity in fundraising. They offer grant application workshops for this purpose.
A typical workshop agenda would include:
- Introductions (this can help build solidarity among local organizations)
- A program overview
- The purpose of the grants
- Eligibility criteria
- Review of the RFP instructions
- Review of the RFP sections
- Your decision-making process and timelines
- Overview of requirements and regulations regarding the use of Federal funds
- Time for questions and answers
- A writing exercise geared toward completing the proposal
To help foster cooperation and collaboration, consider asking each person who attends for permission to release their contact information to the others in attendance. Then, send the contact list to all that agree.
If your organization cannot or chooses not to provide formal training workshops or individualized technical assistance to support applicants, consider providing assistance online or by phone. Whether provided in person or remotely, any assistance could help to eliminate non-eligible applicants, make individual proposals stronger, and ensure accountability from your subawardees.