I am new to grant writing. As I search for grant opportunities, how do I decide if I should apply? Some of the grants seem very competitive.

There are several questions you should answer to determine the “fit” of the grant opportunity for your court.  These initial questions include:

  • Does the funding opportunity align with your needs?
  • Is your agency and your project eligible for the grant?
  • Can your agency meet the mandatory requirements?
  • When is the grant application due?  Do you have enough time to put forward a quality application?
  • What percentage of applications will be funded? If you are new to grant writing, you should primarily be looking for funding opportunities where the expected number of awards exceeds 20.