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    Applyingforfederalfunding:tipsforTJ

    programsJune,2011

    ManyfederalfundingopportunitiesforTransitionalJobstaketheformofcompetitivegrants

    madedirectlytoTransitionalJobsproviders.InordertohelpTJproviderswithpreparingfederal

    fundingapplications,theNationalTransitionalJobsNetworkoffersthesetipsforrespondingto

    federalsolicitations.

    Beforeyouprepareyourapplication Identifyyourpotentialpartnersnowmanyfederalsolicitationsinvolveabroadscopeofworkthatmaybebeyondthecapacityofoneorganizationtodeliver.Some

    solicitationsevenrequirethatapplicantsformgroupswithmultiplepartner

    organizationsinordertobeeligibletoapply. InthecaseofTJ,lookcloselyatthecore

    elementsandbestpracticesanddeterminewhereapartnershipwouldbebeneficialto

    fullydeliveringthatelement.

    Registerwithgrants.govearlyinordertosubmityouapplicationonline.Registrationprocesstakeslongerthanyoumightexpect,andsomesolicitationsnowacceptonly

    onlineapplications.Getregisteredhere:

    http://www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp

    MakesureyourorganizationhasbeenassignedaDUNSnumber.Allapplicantsforfederal

    grants

    need

    to

    have

    one.

    Apply

    for

    a

    DUNS

    number

    by

    visiting

    http://fedgov.dnb.com

    Grants.govhasaguidetorequestingaDUNSnumber:

    http://www.grants.gov/applicants/request_duns_number.jsp

    Readthesolicitationcarefullyimportantrequirementsandinstructionsareoftenburiedwithinsomewhatdensetext.Multipleclosereadingsareusuallynecessaryto

    fullyunderstandapplicationrequirements.

    Participateinbiddersconferencecallsorwebinars.Thisisyourbestandsometimesonly

    chance

    to

    get

    clarification

    on

    the

    solicitation.

    Be

    sure

    to

    have

    carefully

    read

    the

    solicitationfirsttomakesureyouhaveallyourquestionsready.Ifyoumissthecall,they

    aretypicallypostedonlineafterwardsinrecordedand/ortranscribedform.

    Preparingtowriteyournarrative Constructatimetableforwhensectionsofyourproposalshouldbecompleted.Allowampletimeforrevisions.

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    Additionally,yourstate,countyormunicipalitymayalsoprovidedataforthelocallevel

    ontopicslikeeducationalattainmentandworkforceskilllevels,aswellasfigureson

    unemployment,prisonerreentry,andreceiptofpublicassistance.

    IfyourorganizationisalreadyprovidingTransitionalJobs,youcanalsouseinternaldata

    todemonstrateanincreaseindemandforthoseservices. Howmanyrequestsor

    referralshaveyouhadtoturnawayduetolimitedcapacityorinadequatestaffing?How

    doesyourannualcapacitytoprovidetransitionalemploymentcomparetothenumber

    ofpeopleinthetargetpopulationinyourregion?Forexample,ifyourprogramserves

    100formerlyincarceratedpeopleannuallyinacitywhere10,000peoplereturnfrom

    prisoneveryyear,youcanmakeastrongcaseforlocalneedforadditionalTransitional

    Jobsservices.

    Youwillbeexpectedtosubmitadetailedbudget;itisagoodideatodeterminefirsthowmanyparticipantsyouwanttoserve,andbuildyourbudgetfromthere.Forhelp

    withestimatingbudgetamounts,consulttheNTJNsbudgetestimationtool.

    MoreresourcesTheDepartmentofLaborEmploymentandTrainingAdministrationoffersaguidetoDOLETA

    grantapplicationshere:http://www.doleta.gov/grants/applyinggrants.cfm

    ProposaldevelopmentguidefromtheCatalogofFederalDomesticAssistance:

    http://njms.umdnj.edu/research/orsp/DevelopingAndWritingGrantProposals.htm

    Grants.govapplicantresources:http://www.grants.gov/applicants/resources.jsp

    Grantwriting

    tips

    from

    the

    National

    Institutes

    of

    Health:

    http://grants.nih.gov/grants/grant_tips.htm

    AguidetograntapplicationsfromtheSubstanceAbuse&MentalHealthServices

    Administration(SAMSHA):http://www.samhsa.gov/grants/ta/index.aspx

    InformationonfederalfundingandgrantsfromtheAppalachianRegionalCommission:

    http://www.arc.gov/funding/GeneralInformationAboutGrantsandFunding.asp

    Formoreinformationortorequesttechnicalassistance,pleasecontactChrisWarlandatcwarland@heartlandalliance.org

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