Planning for Grant Season
In these modules you will learn how to plan for grant season, become familiar with some of the court-centered funding opportunities from FY 2020, and how use Grants.gov to search for funding opportunities that match your identified needs.
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Signing up For a Grants.gov Account
Before we get started with this course, you will need a Grants.gov account. It takes upwards of 6 weeks to get registered in Grants.gov so PLEASE make sure you initiate the process of setting up an account as soon as possible.
If your agency already has a Grants.gov account, that is wonderful! Please check the expiration date and make sure your agency’s account will not expire before July 1, 2021. It’s free to update your account so if your account is set to expire before July 1, go ahead and update it now.
Grants.gov accounts are free and anyone can sign up for one. However, you will need a specific type of authorization if you will be the person uploading the grant. More on this in future modules. For now, let’s get you started with an account!
Federal Grants and Foundation Funding
This module will review the basic differences between foundation funding versus federal grant funding.
Identifying Your Funding Needs
One of the biggest mistakes new grant writers make is not starting the grant season with a clear vision, supported by leadership, of their funding needs and priorities. The time that you invest on the front end, setting realistic goals will pay dividends throughout the rest of the process.
Determining Which Funding Opportunity to Pursue
It’s easy to get overly ambitious as grant season begins. Knowing which opportunities to explore and which solicitations are not a good fit for you is an essential skill. This module will provide some key questions to ask yourself as your read a funding announcement to determine “fit” for your agency.
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Introduction to BJA Funding
This module focuses on funding opportunities that have historically been offered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).
Introduction to OVC Funding
This module focuses on funding opportunities that have historically been offered by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
Introduction to OJJDP Funding
This module focuses on funding opportunities that have historically been offered by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Introduction to SJI Funding
This module focuses on funding opportunities available from the State Justice Institute (SJI)