Short RFPs are easy to read and interpret. However, some RFPs are 30-40 pages long and are harder to analyze and interpret. Ask the following questions to focus on key aspects of the RFP that will help you decide whether your project is a good fit for the grant. Once you've answered the questions, ask yourself if any of the answers are problematic or would interfere with your project. If so, the RFP may not be a good fit.
- What group does the RFP want to serve?
- What problem does the RFP want to solve?
- What does the funding agency want to accomplish?
- Who is eligible to apply for funding?
- Are there any restrictions placed on submitting organizations?
- How much funding is available?
- What is the average size of the award?
- How many awards are typically given?
- Do the funding amount meet your needs?
- Does the sponsor require matching funds?
- When should projects begin if they are accepted?
- Is the award for one-year or multi-year projects?
- Can you apply for repeat or extended funding?
- Are there any restrictions placed on the funding?
- Do specific proposal sections or types of information need to be included in your proposal?
- Is there a word or page limit?
- Are there any special forms you need to submit along with your proposal?
- Are there any formatting guidelines?
- When is the deadline?
- Who will review incoming proposals?
- What criteria will be used to evaluate proposals?
- Is there a contact person available to answer questions?
- Is there a preferred contact method?
- Identify 10-15 keywords the sponsor uses in the RFP.
- Do the keywords they use to describe the problem match your keywords and approaches?