FAQ

Got questions? Great!! We knew you would. Compiled below are some of the more common answers to questions clients ask us regarding our industry and how we do business.

If you have a question and do not see it answered here, please feel free to reach out us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Cost of Evaluation Services

Cost of Evaluation Services

What percentage of a budget should be allocated for evaluation? The answer to that question depends upon a number of factors. #evaluation #federalfunding #foundationfunding #smallbusiness 👀📙 ...
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What You Need To Know About Department of Education Pre-Award Costs

What You Need To Know About Department of Education Pre-Award Costs

What are the Department of Education's (#DoED) guidelines surrounding pre-award costs? What is allowable and what is not?🤔 ...
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What You Need to Know About NSF Pre-Award Costs

What You Need to Know About NSF Pre-Award Costs

When applying for NSF funding, it is critical to read and understand the policy guidelines surrounding pre-award costs. Those that fail to comply may face legal consequences for misappropriation! 😱 ...
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Grant Professional Association Code of Ethics

Grant Professional Association Code of Ethics

The Grant Professional Association (#GPA) is an association of grant writing professionals that are bound by a strict code of ethics and conduct. If you think values are important, find your next grant writing professional through GPA 😇 ...
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What You Need to Know about USDA Pre-Award Costs

What You Need to Know about USDA Pre-Award Costs

Do you know the policies surrounding pre-award costs set forth by the USDA for all applicants of their SBIR? Read on to learn what is an allowable cost vs. what is not🚜‎‍🌾 ...
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GAAP-What it is and why it matters.

GAAP-What it is and why it matters.

GAAP sets the standards for how publicly traded business publish their finances. GAAP protects investors and holds businesses accountable for honesty and transparency. ☝ ...
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What you need to know about NIH and pre-award costs.

What you need to know about NIH and pre-award costs.

Looking into #NIH #SBIR #funding? Here is what you need to know about #NIH pre-award costs.⚠ ...
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How To Select An Evaluator

How To Select An Evaluator

Learn best practices for finding an #evaluator that fits program needs. #Evaluation is an important and sometimes overlooked component of any #federal or #foundation funded program ...
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Misappropriation of Funds: How to Avoid it.

Misappropriation of Funds: How to Avoid it.

Misappropriation of funds does not always happen on purpose. Learn to protect yourself and your company from making these mistakes. 🚨 ...
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The Question You Should be Asking Every Grant professional You Interview

The Question You Should be Asking Every Grant professional You Interview

The question of ethics is often overlooked when screening a new candidate for hire. If you plan on working with a grant professional, this is one question you should definitely be asking.🚦 ...
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Legislation of Government Dollars: What Your Consultant Should Know

Legislation of Government Dollars: What Your Consultant Should Know

Knowledgeable consultants help protect their clients by understanding the legislation surrounding the utilization of public dollars. Does your consult know how public #dollars (e.g. federal or state #grants) can be utilized? 🏛️ ...
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Federal Agencies CAN'T Refer or Recommend Consultants.

Federal Agencies CAN’T Refer or Recommend Consultants.

Did you know it breaks ethical and conduct codes for a #federal agency representative to offer program participants referrals or recommendations regarding consultant services? 🙊 ...
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How To Write Your Evaluator Into Your Proposals

How To Write Your Evaluator Into Your Proposals

Did you know many #funding opportunities mandate or strongly encourage the utilization of an Independent External #Evaluator? 📜🔬 ...
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Success rate or success ratio is a bad measure

Success rate or success ratio is a bad measure

Why "Success Rate" is a bad measure and the answer is not as straightforward as you would like with SBIR/STTR funding and Win Rate or Success Rate or Success Ratio is a misnomer and a misconception ...
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Why we choose to be industry agnostic

Why we choose to be industry agnostic

Many of our clients have a common goal to develop, fund, and implement innovative solutions to various social, cultural, or environmental issues and are the reason that drives us at E.B. Howard Consulting to do what we do. However, once in a while, we are asked about our industry focus. The truth... we do not have one; nor do we want one. We are Industry Agnostic; meaning we do not specialize in a specific industry. Rather we ...
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The Contingency Fee and Grant Writing

The Contingency Fee and Grant Writing

The Contingency Fee and why you should avoid it. This is a really simple and great way to explain why you should not take Contingency Fee based projects for development. Fund restrictions trump any question of ethics. If something is not an allowable expense, that's a legal contract.   ...
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Free Money. HA!

Free Money. HA!

We’ve all seen the late night TV commercials targeted at entrepreneurs touting “free money from Uncle Sam”. Unfortunately, for the most part, there is no such thing. I say “for the most part” because government grants for small businesses do exist, but the opportunity to secure one is limited to a narrow field of candidates.   Small Business Grants: The Facts and The Fiction - Bplans Blog ...
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You Just Write #Grants

You Just Write #Grants

I have had this conversation many a time with colleagues. I prefer #Grant Professional or Development Professional as I would like to think that the services I offer are much more than funding preparation. Why I am Not a Grantwriter (And Why You Shouldn't Be One Either) ...
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Can I just pay for grant writing services out of the awarded grant?

Can I just pay for grant writing services out of the awarded grant?

No, funding agencies do not allow for grant money to be used to pay for services rendered prior to an award.  Therefore, legitimate grant writing firms will not place their clients at risk of fraud by charging for grant writing - contingent upon a grant being funded.  Clients must pay for grant writing services at the time of service, not upon award. Things to know... Contingency payment for services rendered before the grant award is ...
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What is the likelihood that you will be able to help my agency get #funding?

What is the likelihood that you will be able to help my agency get #funding?

Grant writing is a highly competitive process.  While I will provide advice, coordinate #grant preparation, development of the narrative along with the goals and objectives, it is impossible to guarantee the #funding of an individual grant proposal. However, my experience of #grant preparation and obtaining grants, offers your agency the best chance to get #funding.   Have questions about #grant writing and #evaluation? Call me at  (716) 939-1601 ...
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