Federal Grant Writing Resources
Did you know that there are a host of free online resources designed to assist you in federal grant writing? Websites like Grants.gov, the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, and the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance each contain helpful tips and tutorials for beginning grant writers.
Grants.gov is the clearinghouse for all federal grants. You can find grants and submit your agency’s grant application using this site. Many of the grants applicable to Spillman customers can be found by going to the Browse by Agency category of the Find Grant Opportunities page, then searching under “Department of Homeland Security” or “Department of Justice”. Spillman also tracks grants for public safety software on its Grant Opportunities Web page. If you have registered with Spillman’s free Grant Assistance Program, you can access more information on registering with Grants.gov under the “Tips” section of Spillman’s Grant Assistance Program.
The CFDA is a database of all federal programs available to agencies, local governments, states, federally-recognized tribal governments, individuals, and private and non-profit organizations. Although you can’t apply for grants using the CFDA, you can use the site to find detailed information about grants, including when the grant was authorized, what the objective is, and information about the grant’s uses and restrictions.
Each year, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) offers technology grants for public safety agencies. By clicking the Grantee Resources tab at the top of the Bureau of Justice Assistance home page, you can access contact information for BJA staff, a link to the Grantee Toolbox page that answers common questions about BJA programs, the BJA Grant Writing and Management Academy and a list of upcoming law enforcement conferences. The BJA has also published in an online Guide to Grants manual that explains how the BJA is organized, analyzes trends in funding, and lists grant-finding resources. It contains tips on how to develop proposal ideas, create a project budget, practice “strategic planning”, submit a grant application to the BJA, and more.