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Increase Grant Application Success

Enhance your organization's grant writing process.

  • Writing grants has not been prioritized by the organization.
  • Your organization is unable to start, finish, and/or continue priority projects or initiatives as it does not have sufficient funds.
  • Grants are applied to in an ad hoc manner by employees who do not have sufficient time and resources to dedicate to the process.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

There are three critical components to the grant application process:

  • Being strategic about the grant opportunities your organization chooses to pursue.
  • Dedicating sufficient time and resources to writing a competitive grant application.
  • Ensuring your organization will be able to adhere to the grant parameters if awarded the funding.

Impact and Result

  • By leveraging Info-Tech’s methodology, your organization will strategically select, write, and submit competitive grant applications, securing additional funding sources to support the organization and the communities you serve.
  • This research can enhance the grant writing capabilities of the organization and ensure that every grant chosen aligns with your organizational priorities.
  • This blueprint will drive consensus on which grant applications should be prioritized by the organization, ensuring resourcing, feasibility, and significance are considered.

Increase Grant Application Success

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should enhance your organization's grant application lifecycle and how you can increase the number of grants your organization is awarded. Review Info-Tech’s methodology and understand the four ways Info-Tech can support you in completing this project.

1. Identify Opportunities

Identify grant funding opportunities that align with your organization's priorities. Ensure the programs, services, projects, and initiatives that align with these priorities can be financially supported by grant funding.

At this step, plan to leverage Info-Tech's reference architectures to identify your organization's various capabilities and ways in which IT can support these capabilities. Identify grants that align with your organization's capabilities to increase your grant application success. Reference architectures are available for several industries.

2. Grant Prioritization

Prioritize applying for the grant opportunities that your organization identified. Be sure to consider the feasibility of implementing the project or initiative if your organization is awarded the grant.

3. Write the Grant Application

Write a competitive grant application that has been strategically developed and actively critiqued by various internal and external reviewers.

4. Submit the Grant Application

Submit an exemplary grant application that meets the guidelines and expectations of the granting agency prior to the due date.


Onsite Workshop: Increase Grant Application Success

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Module 1: Determine Your Organization's Priorities

The Purpose

Determine the key priorities of your organization and identify grant funding opportunities that align with those priorities.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Prevents duplicate grant applications from being submitted
  • Ensures the grant and the organization's priorities are aligned
  • Increases the success rate of grant applications

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Discuss grant funding opportunities and their importance to the organization.

  • An understanding of why grants are important to your organization
1.2

Identify organizational priorities.

  • A list of priorities being pursued by your organization

Module 2: Prioritize Grant Funding Opportunities

The Purpose

Identify potential grant funding opportunities that align with the projects/initiatives the organization would like to pursue. Prioritize these funding opportunities and identify which should take precedent based on resourcing, importance, likelihood of success, and feasibility.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Generate a list of potential funding opportunities that can be revisited when resources allow
  • Obtain consensus from your working group on which grants should be pursued based on how they have been prioritized

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Develop a list of potential grant funding opportunities.

  • A list of potential grant funding opportunities
2.2

Define the resource capacity your organization has to support the granting writing process.

  • Realistic expectations of your organization's capacity to undertake the grant writing lifecycle
2.3

Discuss and prioritize grant opportunities

  • Notes and priorities from your discussion on grant opportunities

Module 3: Sketch a Grant Application

The Purpose

Take the grant that was given top priority in the last section and sketch out a draft of what that application will look like. Think critically about the sketch and determine if there are opportunities to further clarify and demonstrate the goals of the grant application.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A sketch ready to be developed into a grant application
  • A critique of the sketch to ensure that the application will be well understood by the reviewers of your submission

Activities

Outputs

3.1

Sketch the grant application.

  • A sketched version of the grant application ready to be drafted
3.2

Perform a SWOT analysis of the grant sketch.

  • A SWOT analysis that critically examines the sketch and offers opportunities to enhance the application

Module 4: Prepare to Submit the Grant Application

The Purpose

Have the grant application actively critiqued by various internal and external individuals. This will increase the grant application's quality and generate understanding of the application submission and post-submission process.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A list of individuals (internal and external) that can potentially review the application prior to submission
  • Preparation for the submission process
  • An understanding of why the opportunity to learn how to improve future grant applications is so important

Activities

Outputs

4.1

Identify potential individuals who will review the draft of your grant application.

  • A list of potential individuals who can be asked to review and critique the grant application
4.2

Discuss next steps around the grant submission.

  • An understanding of what the next steps in the process will be
4.3

Review grant writing best practices.

  • Knowledge of grant writing best practices

About Info-Tech

Info-Tech Research Group is the world’s fastest-growing information technology research and advisory company, proudly serving over 30,000 IT professionals.

We produce unbiased and highly relevant research to help CIOs and IT leaders make strategic, timely, and well-informed decisions. We partner closely with IT teams to provide everything they need, from actionable tools to analyst guidance, ensuring they deliver measurable results for their organizations.

What Is a Blueprint?

A blueprint is designed to be a roadmap, containing a methodology and the tools and templates you need to solve your IT problems.

Each blueprint can be accompanied by a Guided Implementation that provides you access to our world-class analysts to help you get through the project.

Enhance your organization's grant writing process.

Need Extra Help?
Try Our Guided Implementations

Get the help you need in this 4-phase advisory process. You'll receive 8 touchpoints with our researchers, all included in your membership.

Guided Implementation #1 - Identify Opportunities
  • Call #1 - Discuss your organization's current grant writing capabilities and be introduced to the methodology.​​

Guided Implementation #2 - Grant Prioritization
  • Call #1 - Input information about grants and identify which grants will be prioritized.
  • Call #2 - Discuss the prioritized list with your working group and pursue funding opportunities selected.

Guided Implementation #3 - Write the Grant Application
  • Call #1 - Sketch out your grant application.
  • Call #2 - Conduct a SWOT analysis to critically assess the draft for improvement.
  • Call #3 - Solicit feedback on the draft from internal and external reviewers.

Guided Implementation #4 - Submit the Grant Application
  • Call #1 - Submit the application. Follow up with the grant agency and/or program officer once you’ve been notified of the grant outcome. Ask for feedback.
  • Call #2 - Have a retrospective meeting to discuss the feedback to improve future grant endeavors.

Author(s)

Brittany Lutes

Larry Fretz

Contributors

  • Jack Greenshields, Sales Development, Foundant Technologies
  • Regina Begay, Court Administrator, Tohajiilee/Alamo District Court
  • Stephanie Henning, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary – Management U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Jean Rice, Senior Program (Broadband) Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce's NTIA Federal Communications Commission
  • Wayne Smith, Hospitality Department Chair and Professor, College of Charleston
  • Six anonymous contributors
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