Program establishment is one of the most important stages in administering federal funds because it is the foundational step from which all the other processes will follow. Creating a well-structured and financed administering agency with defined roles and responsibilities, either through executive order or statute, will be critical for success. As well, the agency must be knowledgeable about the federal laws, terms and conditions which govern the various grant programs which it will apply for and administer. And, it will need leaders and staff that understand those laws and conditions, as well as the needs, priorities and objectives of the applicant(s), in order to translate those into a well-designed application.
Developing the Application
Concept Paper and Staffing