As we get closer to the release of DRS Round 8 Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) additional grants continue to be forecasted. On Friday, August 16, four more DRS grant competitions appeared on, three for Head Start/Early Head Start grants and one for EHS Expansion and EHS-CCP. There are now 172 grant competitions forecasted.

The newly added forecasts have the same estimated posting date for the Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) and application due date as most of the other forecasted DRS grants – September 4, 2019 and November 4, 2019. Check out our earlier blog post about what to expect if your agency is part of DRS.

We’re now just over 2 weeks away from the estimated posting date. Earlier this month, we discussed strategies for communicating about DRS. This is also a good time to start gathering information to inform your proposal. Here are a few ways you can get the ball rolling to help ease the burden of the DRS application period.

  1. Start requesting letters of support.
  2. Compile your program’s MOUs. If any MOUs need to be updated, start that process now.
  3. Gather some of the “easy” appendix items such as proof of non-profit status, key leadership team member resumes, and list of board members (note: this is based on the DRS Round 7 FOA).
  4. Sketch out your program design and begin budget development.
  5. Make sure you are set up with an active SAM registration and credentials for

If your program is competing for funds as part of DRS Round 8, remember to sign up for alerts from to let you know when the FOA goes live. FOAs don’t always go live on the day they are forecasted to post – sometimes its sooner, sometimes its later. We will also post an update here as soon as we see DRS FOAs go up.

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