Grants 101 from the Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), has launched a new web page OJP Grants 101 to help applicants learn about the grants process. The page offers an overview on OJP funding opportunities and information on how to find grants, the grant life cycle, what applicants need to know before getting started, the peer review process and the award process. It also offers grant writing tips.
To make a good case, include the following in your proposal:
- The nature of the project and its goals, needs, and anticipated outcomes.
- How the project will be conducted.
- A list of proposed deliverables.
- A timetable for completion.
- How best to evaluate the results (performance measures).
- Staffing needs, including the use of existing staff and new hires or volunteers.
- A preliminary budget, covering expenses and financial requirements, to determine what funding levels to seek.
Other tips that we were able to gather:
- Look for partners from the academic, political, professional, community/faith-based realms that may be able to support the proposal in writing.
- OJP will sometimes look favorably on non-cash contributions that you cite in your proposal. This should reduce the amount you are requesting.
Agreements to share resources should be in writing before you submit your proposal.
Visit the website for more information: http://ojp.gov/grants101/index.htm