Tips for Seeking Government Grant Monies for Technology and Beyond!

Money!The bad news? Following the sequester, cuts went into place that reduced funding for state grants by $5.1 billion.

The good news? The result was higher grant funding (in some states) where grants in 2013 actually surpassed that of 2012—and there are still a significant amount of subsidies left!

The Center for Digital Government (CDG) estimates $93.1 billion will be spent on IT-related purchases in state and local government in 2014, and your organization can get a piece of this pie. Here’s how.

Tips for Seeking Government Grant Monies:

  1. Know what grants are out there for the taking. CDW-G has a list of technology grants available for local government agencies. See what exists and which grants your organization can apply for here.
  2. Search for appropriate grants. There are a number of grants for all areas of government including: Health and Human Services, Transportation, Homeland Security, Justice and Public Safety, Energy and Environment, Agriculture, Labor and Employee agencies, as well as other government agencies. Look for grants that apply to your organization, paying special attention to the granting agency, grant type, funding level, fund duration, objective, and criteria.
  3. Don’t get discourage. Now the hard part–applying for the grant. Because there are usually multiple contenders for a grant, the application process can be tedious, and highly competitive. Don’t let this discourage you! Remember that grantors are given this money by Congress and tasked to spend it, so they are eager to find applicants that meet their requirements.
  4. Assemble a proposal. A clear proposal designed to help multiple agencies is highly desirable in the grant review process. Take your time executing a clear and thorough proposal.
  5. Clearly identify the need for the grant money and the impact the funding would have on the public. If the grant would result in increased public safety, say so! If it’s necessary to protect the public against potential compromise of information, make it known! The review committee will only take your application as seriously as you inform them, so make a compelling case for why your organization needs this money.
  6. Be selective. The grant process can be extremely tedious, so don’t waste time applying for grants that you loosely qualify for. The grant is designed with a particular goal in mind, and the review committee has an obligation to spend the money on organizations and needs that match the purpose of the grant.
  7. The buck doesn’t stop with the application. Attach any additional information and documents to application that might help set your organization apart from the rest. If your organization is a trailblazer among its kind, be sure to mention it. Remember that reviewers are trying to understand what makes your agency stand out from the rest. That’s a lot easier to do if you show them exactly what makes your organization, people, or project special.

Obtaining a grant for technology can be financially rewarding, but the process can be taxing. Going into the process knowing what sets your organization apart from the rest is the first step in pursuing your grant seeking goals.

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