Tips for Applying

The Round 5 Notice of Funding Availability will be issued April 29, 2024. Applications will be due June  21, 2024 at Noon. 

These helpful tips can help you meet the deadline:

1. Start early: Read the Notice of Funding Availability for your Round. Review the posted FAQ document. Start the application process as soon as possible. It’s the best way to collect all the information and documentation you need, write answers, accurately complete the application form, and meet the deadline. 
2. Make a plan: Spell out the work that needs to be done, determine who is responsible for what, and monitor progress. Be sure to prioritize items that may take weeks to obtain.
3. Download: Download the items in the right-hand column, read them, and take notes. They describe the program and the information you’ll need to provide when you apply. Download the Word document version of the application to work on your draft.
4. Attend training: Sign up for our webinar to better understand the grant, its requirements, and how to submit your application and attachments.
5. Ask questions: We’ll have time to answer some questions during the webinar. You can also schedule a One-on-One 15-minute virtual meeting with staff between Rounds, a 30-minute virtual meeting with us during open grant periods, or send us questions.
6. Be prepared: Compile your answers and documentation early in the provided Word versions of the CIF applications so you can copy them into the online application form. We encourage you to provide concise, specific, and easy-to-understand responses.
7. Be thorough: Complete your application early and take time to review it. Make sure your answers are complete and accurate, and all required documents are uploaded to your SharePoint folder. 
8. Finish early: We encourage you to complete and submit your application “early” to smooth the process.


CIF Important Dates:

The CIF Board will meet to make Round 4 Project Recommendations on March 12, 2024.
CIF Round 5 will open April 29 and close at Noon on June 21, 2024.