What Grantees Wish Grantmakers Knew about RFPs

  • Get feedback from the community before you launch an RFP or competition — don’t create your plan in a vacuum.
  • Be clear up front about what you are looking for, and make the application simple.
  • Don’t raise expectations that can’t be filled. Provide a ballpark grant amount.
  • Be realistic about requirements for collaboration with other organizations.
  • Provide technical assistance to help applicants respond to the RFP.
  • Keep applicants informed throughout the process and let applicants know why they are turned down.

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This takeaway was derived from Using Competitions & RFPs.