Shine Assist partners often begin their work during the grant application process, when agencies have an opportunity to either re-imagine or fully build out their desired programmatic model. Our Shine Early Learning grant development team has had tremendous success in applying for federal funding over the past decade, including applications through replacement grants and the Designation Renewal System (DRS). Since the launch of DRS grant competitions in 2012, we have helped partners successfully apply for and retain more than $400 million in federal funds for Head Start, Early Head Start, and Migrant/Seasonal programs.
RFP/Application support is tailored to individual programs, based on their needs.
Elements of our RFP/Application process often include:
Joint development of RFP strategy and approach
End-to-end project management for application development
Community needs analysis; identifying and understanding diverse community stakeholder needs from a competitive perspective
Regular status meetings with and team
Drafting, editing and review of all RFP documents, including criteria-focused and strategic levels of review
Budget scenario modeling to support quality improvements
Templates for supporting materials, including sample letters of support
Top-level commitment to doing whatever is necessary to ensure successful application submission