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.

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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5 reasons you are NOT ready for a grant

5 reasons you are NOT ready for a grant

If you are part of an organization that is a start-up, that is the organization is in the first three to five years of operation, it is likely that you could always use more funding. We all could ...
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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. Need more FAQ's? Check out our other FAQ blog post here. https://www.ebhoward.com/faq/?v=7516fd43adaa ...
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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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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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Can you guarantee that the grant proposal will be funded?

Can you guarantee that the grant proposal will be funded?

Q: Does E.B. Howard Consulting guarantee that the grant proposal will be funded? A: No, I am not aware of any legitimate grant-writing firm that can make and keep such a guarantee. As the final decision is in the hands of the reviewers, there is no possible way for a grant preparation professional to guarantee that the grant proposal will be funded. There is always a risk involved in pursuing grant funding – regardless of ...
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I need a grant to pay for a new home or to remodel my home; are there home-owner grants for these types of endeavors?

I need a grant to pay for a new home or to remodel my home; are there home-owner grants for these types of endeavors?

No! Whoever told you that doesn't know what they are talking about or they are trying to scam you. There are very few home-owner grants available for buying or remodeling homes unless you plan to use the facility to provide shelter or housing solutions for the disabled, elderly, and/or impoverished children and families. There are, however, local and state programs (not direct home-owner grants) available to support low-income families in purchasing their first homes through ...
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Are there grants to pay off personal debt?

Are there grants to pay off personal debt?

Are there grants to pay off personal debt? ...
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