Every day that we have interactions with our clients and readers there are new questions about grant funding. Below are some questions that have been posed to us lately, with responses. We hope this information will give you some insight on the grant world as well as our company.
If a proposal is well-written, most of the mechanics in managing a grant consist of doing what you said you’d do in the proposal. These tend to be fairly obvious: Perform the activities proposed. Collect data as promised in your evaluation plan. Provide mandatory reports on time. Notify the funding office of any significant changes from the proposed plan. Meet any additional requirements mandated by the funding agency.
It is a harsh truth of today’s world – scams surround us. Unfortunately, the world of grants is not devoid of individuals who try to take advantage of others. In fact, we recently fielded some questions from individuals who wanted to know whether or not a particular grant they had “been awarded” was legitimate. One of our Grant Helpers even got a scam call! As he recounts, "The caller announced that I had been selected to receive a $9,000 grant from the government as a result of paying my taxes on time. I had to provide a 'security deposit' of $250 to receive the grant." The caller even said he was with Health and Human Services and gave their address in Washington, D.C.