The CFA allows applicants to be considered for multiple sources of funding for a project by filling out just one application. To apply for a grant, you must first register and identify the project for which funds are sought On the registration page, enter an e-mail address, organization name, and project name. Prior to selecting “Register New Application,” you must answer the security question at the bottom of the page.
The CFA allows potential applicants options for beginning an application. The “Program Wizard” option is the traditional CFA process, where applicants that may not be aware of all the resources can choose categories and project types that align with the scope of their project. Returning applicants may know exactly which programs they want to apply for and can use the “Program List” button to easily choose the programs they want.
You have the ability to navigate forward and backward through the application using the navigator at the top of every screen. To go to a specific section of the application, you hover over a section. The topics associated with the section will appear.
You must answer one or more Threshold Questions to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the programs you have selected.
A “Scoring Tips” button appears under many of the Threshold Questions. Selecting “Scoring Tips” will provide a detailed explanation or instructions relating to the question.
Once you answer all the questions on your application, select the Save and Proceed button at the bottom of the screen. If you did not answer required questions, a red circle will display next to the questions section. You must go back and complete the required questions before you can finalize and submit your application.
To finalize and submit your application, you should click the dark blue button labeled “By Clicking here….” at the bottom of the screen. After you finalize and submit your application, it cannot be modified or amended.
After you submit your application, you will receive a thank you message as well as an e-mail message that acknowledges receipt of your application. You will still be able to login using your registered e-mail address and token to review your finalized application, print, or start a new application for a new project.