FY 2010 Funding: Calls to
Officials During Slow Grant Times Crucial
Federal grant solicitations tend to dwindle in the latter part of a year, but FAM Editor Ray Sweeney says
nonprofits shouldn't become complacent.
Sweeney, who has years of grant submission and management experience, recommends nonprofits use
the slow federal grant time to get up-to-date on the funding process for FY 2010.
Solicitations are dwindling now through the end of December because the FY 2009 funds are depleted
and the FY 2010 funding process is just getting underway in many cases, Sweeney says.
The best way for a nonprofit to get up-to-speed on its funding programs is to pick up the phone and call
the program manager.
"Calling the program manager should always be the first step," Sweeney says. "This time of year is good,
because they are more likely to be available for discussion. These discussions are crucial in getting a
sense how grants will be run under the Obama Administration."
For example, Sweeney contacted the program official for the Advanced Placement (AP) Test Program
(CFDA Number: 84.330B) at the Education Dept. in early September. The program provides grants to
states to enable them to pay AP test fees for low-income students.
In FY 2009, the grant solicitation process began in January, with a deadline in the spring. Through the
call to the program official, Sweeney uncovered that the grant solicitation would be moved up to September
this fiscal year "to better align with the start of the new school year." The FY 2010 deadline is several
months ahead of schedule, with grants due Nov. 10.
Sweeney also learned the call that the Obama Administration's Education Dept (DoEd) doesn't seem as
worried about updating DoEd's Funding Forecast as previous administrations have been. The AP program
official didn't even know who is responsible for updating the site. He directed Sweeney to the program
website, which included the program guidance. Under previous administrations, DoEd's forecast
was crucial. The forecast provided the grant guidance, and the program page may or may not have had a
link to the guidance.
"This is a new administration and with a new White House occupant, come new rules," Sweeney says. "It
seems from the calls I have made that each agency is setting its own method, which focuses more and
more on posting grant guidance on the program's particular section on the larger agency site. This isn't a
given, though, and calls to officials can clear up the situation up and provide other insights."
Info: Sweeney, 301/588-6380, ext. 175; for more on the AP program, please visit
http://tinyurl.com/y9ypzm4; for DoEd's Funding Forecast, please visit
FY 2010 Funding | Environmental Education
| Conservation Programs Science and Mathematics
| Literacy and Education |
Nonfiction Publishing | Classroom-Based Research
| Spencer Foundation | Solid Waste Management
| Cancer Outreach | Student Support Services
| Film Projects | Welfare, Education,
Environment | Partner University Fund |
Mathematics Education Trust |
American Political Science |
Multi-Country Research |
Congressional Research |
Robert H. Michel Special Project |
Advanced Language Training |
America's Media Makers |
Innovative Technology |