Funding Opportunities

Federal Funding RFP’s

Written by Alex Dunn

Hi, I’m Alex Dunn, the Millionaire Grant Lady. I have 15 years of grant writing experience and over $103 million in awards under my belt. I’m excited to share with the audience some tips, tricks and opportunities in Federal Funding.

Federal funding can be a great way to grow and support your organization’s services. The organizations that win the most federal funding have two things in common:

  1. They apply to every opportunity they are a good fit for. This gives them multiple chances to win.
  2. They decide quickly whether or not to apply. The average organization spends between 150-300 hours preparing a federal grant application. Deciding quickly allows them to spend the maximum amount of time developing a competitive application.

Here are two of the latest Federal RFP’s:

Up to $2M in funding for youth mentoring

  • FUNDER: Department of Justice–Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention
  • AWARD AMOUNT: Up to $2 million
  • Estimated # of Awards: 14
  • DEADLINE TO APPLY: May 21, 2024
  • Who Can Apply: Organizations that have been in existence for at least three years at time of application and have been directly delivering a structured mentoring program model
  • Match Funding Required? Yes

SUMMARY: With this solicitation, OJJDP seeks to enhance and expand mentoring services for children and youth impacted by opioids and other substance misuse. This program supports mentoring programs to reduce juvenile delinquency, substance misuse, and problem and high-risk behaviors such as truancy.

For more information and full eligibility and submission requirements, read the full RFP here.

Up to $4M in funding for violence prevention

  • FUNDER: Department of Justice–Bureau of Justice Assistance
  • AWARD AMOUNT: Up to $4 million
  • Estimated # of Awards: 32
  • DEADLINE TO APPLY: May 30, 2024
  • Who Can Apply: Nonprofits, for profit organizations, small businesses, and city, state, county, and tribal governments
  • Match Funding Required? No

SUMMARY: With this solicitation, OJP seeks to prevent and reduce violent crime in communities by supporting comprehensive, evidence-based community-based violence intervention and prevention programs. These programs include efforts to address gang and gun violence, based on partnerships among community residents, local government agencies, victim service providers, community-based organizations, law enforcement, hospitals, researchers, and other community stakeholders. 

For more information and full eligibility and submission requirements, read the full RFP here.

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About the author

Alex Dunn

Alex Dunn is the Millionaire Grant Lady and a social worker. Alex is passionate about behavioral health, education, family and social services and helping organizations to help others. With 15 years of experience in grants and $103 million in grant funding, Alex wants your organization to be able to use grants to meet your mission.

She is the creator of the Area of Focus™ and Core Cultivation™ strategies and the Attractiveness Quotient™ survey for nonprofits. Alex has used these strategies to multiply grant funding for organizations, with a total of $103 million in grant funding to date.

Alex is the author of numerous reports, including “Three Ways Mental Health Organizations Can Increase Their Grant Funding” and “Three Mistakes Well Meaning Organizations Make in Grant Funding”. She is a long-time board member and current president of the Grant Professionals Association North Texas chapter.