Grant Applications Tips from a Federal Acquisition & Assistance Specialist


Need a grant? US Federal Contractor Registration is here to help. With our team of experts, we’ll get you properly registered and help you write an effective proposal. Watch the YouTube clip below to hear grant application tips from Acquisition and Assistance Specialist Esteban Enriquez.

Helping You Write Grant Proposals

Esteban Enriquez offers USFCR clients his 17 years of experience in federal grants and contracts. For 8 of them, he served the U.S. Department of State as a Procurement Agent for the embassy in Quito, Ecuador. There, he mentored and supported both American and Ecuadorian staff members in procurement procedures.

Throughout his experience, he has coached, supervised, and trained teams of specialists in grants as well as contracts. His background in evaluating proposals, developing cost analyses, and leading post-award orientations gives USFCR clients a perspective from within the government. Not only will he help you in writing grant proposals, but he is fluent in both English and Spanish, offering his help across potential language barriers.

Here are your main takeaways from this clip with Esteban Enriquez:

  • Make your Budget & Technical Proposal Match
  • Read the Solicitation Completely
  • Understand Eligibility Clauses
  • Recognize the Power of Being Small
  • Past Performance is Good as Gold
  • Leave Yourself Enough Time
  • Register Accurately in SAM

An Overview of Grants

Grants and contracts have different purposes but there are many similarities. Grants are generally meant to fund initiatives for the public good. They can be used to fund research, community development, universities, and applicable nonprofits. The purpose of a contract is to provide the government with a product or service to help it do its job. A grant simply isn’t “free money.”

In general government grants…

  • Are meant to fund a specific goal or undertaking
  • Provide funding for a short-term or one-time opportunity
  • Require accountability of the awardee
  • Need a compelling proposal

Again, in order to receive grants from the federal government, you will need an active and updated System for Award Managment (SAM) registration. If you’re an organization or company, you will also need a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number. Writing a grant proposal takes a lot of time and effort. Don’t throw all of that away. USFCR is here to make sure your registration requirements are met, and our team is standing by to help draft your next grant proposal.