Seeking and Pursuing Federal Grants: Developing a Competitive Proposal


How can North Carolina state agencies and their partners access more of this discretionary funding? What does it take to write a strong grant proposal?

Each year, 26 federal agencies award billions of dollars to states through hundreds of grantmaking programs. Though many of these federal dollars flow through block grants based on formulas and other rules governing grantmaking to states, a significant amount is available through competitive grant programs. 

On Friday, February 16, the North Carolina Office of Strategic Partnerships (OSP) will host a virtual program on seeking and pursuing federal grants. We have invited successful grant seekers from the state government, nonprofit, and research sectors to share tips and strategies for developing competitive grant proposals. Experts from NC Department of Public Safety, the NC Rural Center, NC State University, and RTI will describe the activities underlying a competitive application, including planning, partnering, and writing processes, and the components of a strong application, including budgeting, program design, and measurable performance goals.  

This program will be particularly useful to state agencies and organizations positioned to partner with state government on programs that federal grants may support but registration is open to all. Seats are limited so interested participants are encouraged to register quickly.


  • Joe Edney, Director, Corporate Strategy, RTI
  • Misty Herget, Chief Program Officer, NC Rural Center
  • Juli Kim (moderator), Philanthropy Liaison, NC Office of Strategic Partnerships
  • Christy Sandy, Proposal Development Manager, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU
  • Nicole Sullivan, Director, Reentry Services, Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, NC Department of Public Safety
  • Caroline Valand, Deputy Secretary, Partnership Engagement, NC Department of Public Safety