Believe it or not, the fall funding season is fast approaching! In July and August many funders post updated calls for proposals and eligibility guidelines; online application portals often open around this same time.
Once application portals open up, create a login and view as much of the application as possible. With deadlines for many awards in October or November, you may not be ready to start the proposal narrative just yet. Creating an account is a low-stakes way to begin the application process and may provide access to additional information not posted on the public website or register you to receive newsletters or other updates via email.
Look for webinars or other informational sessions offered by the funder. These provide valuable information on both technical aspects of the application (e.g. formatting, budget, letters of recommendation) as well as tips on how to frame your application for that funder’s mission.
After you gather specific information from your target funders create application to-do lists and outline a writing schedule. Once the semester starts you will likely find yourself facing more tasks than you have time for; use your time now to minimize your stress later!