Federal grant applicants should address DEIAB in their proposals because the federal government is committed to advancing DEIAB in all aspects of its work, including government grants. The Executive Order on Further Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through The Federal Government requires agencies to consider these factors when awarding grants, partner with organizations that are working toward advancement, and collect and report on related data in their grant programs.
Addressing this aspect in grant proposals can help applicants demonstrate that they are aligned with the federal government’s priorities and that their programs and activities will benefit all Americans, including underserved communities. Additionally, it can help applicants strengthen their proposals by making them more competitive and by increasing their chances of success.
Here are some specific ways that federal grant applicants can address this in their proposals:
- Articulate how their programs and activities will promote DEIAB. This could include describing how the programs and activities will serve underserved populations, how they will promote accessibility and inclusion, and how they will address workplace harassment and discrimination.
- Demonstrate their commitment by describing their organization’s initiatives and accomplishments. This could include describing the organization’s policies and procedures, its DEIAB training programs, and its efforts to recruit and retain a diverse workforce.
- Partner with organizations that are working to advance DEIAB. This could involve collaborating with other nonprofits, community organizations, or businesses that are working to create a more inclusive and equitable society.
- Collect and report on data in their programs and activities. This data can be used to track the progress of the programs and activities in promoting DEIAB, and to identify areas where improvement is needed.
The benefit to applicants
By addressing DEIAB in their grant proposals, federal grant applicants can demonstrate their commitment to creating a more inclusive and equitable workplace and society. This can help them strengthen their proposals and increase their chances of success.
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