Applications for EHS Expansion and EHS-CCP Round 4 funding are due in 10 days, on September 21, 2020. This is anticipated to be the most competitive round of funding yet, and high quality applications will stand out. Here are five tips to keep in mind as you finalize your application and get ready to submit.

1. Double check start up needs. Ask for what you need to successfully implement the proposed program. Have you budgeted for items such as classroom supplies, renovations, or equipment? And for staff support, like recruitment and training? You might also consider programmatic assistance, for example, a start up planner/consultant to help with fiscal management planning or establishing oversight and monitoring systems.

2. Make sure you have lease documentation. The FOA requires that applicants identify proposed properties as either leased, owned, or intent to lease. Lease documentation is required, but is not part of the application page limit. Identify if each lease is “arms-length” or “less-than-arms-length.”

3. Prepare your Appendix file now. Building the appendix is tedious work and, if you haven’t already, we recommend you compile your appendix into a single document. Use placeholders for items you’re waiting on and swap them in, as they are available. If you have space, consider using a table of contents.

4. Number your pages. Begin with your proposal narrative, and number the pages in your appendix to align. For example, if your narrative ends on page 79 then start the page numbering in the appendix file at page 80. This will help for ease of review. Be mindful of the 150-page limit between the first file (narrative) and second file (appendix).

5. Complete data entry, and submit early. Begin data entry for any information that is ready. Remember that you’ll need 9-digit zip codes for proposed sites. On September 21, EHS-CCP applications are due as well as applications for Head Start/Early Head Start Expansion. Submit your proposal early to avoid the rush and any potential technological hiccups.

Best of luck to all programs submitting a proposal! If your program needs help determining start up needs, please be in touch. Foundations for Families offers a variety of Consulting Services, including start up support, to assist programs to successfully launch a new grant. Contact us to learn more.

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