Doug Bedell — October 18, 2021, 3:14 pm

Learning What Goes Into Winning Federal Grants


Looking toward the federal government as a source of grant money? Well, the Security Industry Association (SIA) “is launching the first-ever industry training program designed to help security businesses take advantage of government funding opportunities.”

The SIA website explains: “From identifying applicable grant programs and completing application forms to managing grant awards and ensuring compliance with program requirements, pursuing federal grant funding requires skillful planning and time-sensitive execution. For companies who wish to help their customers apply for and win grant awards that can be used to help finance security projects, there is much to know about basic grant application requirements, proposal writing and vertical-specific programs that can increase the likelihood of success in securing federal funding.

“This self-paced e-learning course includes three modules:

“1. Grants 101: In this module, you’ll learn grant essentials like funding mechanisms, terminology, common application elements and federal grant opportunities. Gain insights on preplanning and application development, as well as post-award obligations and reporting requirements.

“2. Vertical Market Grant Programs: This module provides an overview of where to find agency logic models and how to tie to them. It will specifically focus on applicable grant programs in education, transportation and critical infrastructure sectors as identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“3. Writing Winning Grant Proposals: This hybrid module covers key program elements, budgets and timelines and offers participants the opportunity to consult with a professional grant writing firm to discuss and receive feedback on their grant proposals.

“This course will be available as an on-demand training starting in November. Registration opens for our early-bird pricing on Nov. 1; stay tuned for more details!”

Looks like an opportunity worth checking out.

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