Grant Program Support

ERG has provided multifaceted support to grant programs for almost 30 years. During that time, we have helped organizations create, launch, administer, and evaluate dozens of grant programs, including programs focused on community engagement and environmental justice concerns. Our clients include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, state agencies, foundations, and nonprofits. We tailor our approach to the project needs and offer innovative ideas and solutions to foster program success. During development, we provide strategic planning support to help decisionmakers structure new grant programs consistent with statutory requirements and organizational goals. We also research potential applicants and implement effective strategies to engage them—including listening sessions to obtain stakeholder and partner feedback about program design. As the grant program produces a request for proposals and accepts and evaluates applications, we help develop the needed materials and keep information organized and flowing throughout the review process. Following grants award, our specialists provide technical assistance to help grantees effectively carry out their grants, and we collect and review data documenting performance, publicize success stories and lessons learned, and develop accomplishments reports. From start to finish, ERG’s IT experts are available to support clients, applicants, and grantees by developing technology tools tailored to the program’s specific needs for applications, awards, and ongoing processes.

Program Design
  • Strategic planning
  • Feasibility and needs assessments
  • Landscape assessments
  • Workgroup support
  • Stakeholder and partner feedback sessions
  • Requests for information and request for proposal development
  • Prioritization support
Administrative Support
  • Application form and template design
  • Due diligence
  • Peer and committee review management
  • Pre-award application tracking
  • Metrics dashboards
  • Briefing support
Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Helpline support
  • Grantee technical assistance
  • Applicant and informational webinars
  • Listserv messages
  • FAQ documents
  • Web pages
  • Outreach flyers
  • Success stories and lessons learned
  • Case studies
Performance Measurement
  • Metrics development
  • Reporting form design
  • Information collection request (ICR) support
  • Program accomplishments reports
  • Grant program evaluation
Information Technology Support
  • System integration support to ensure applications share data with each other and reuse existing components from other systems when available
  • Database design
  • Mapping of facilities with environmental justice concerns
  • Calculators and tools


Service Area Leads

Shanika Amarakoon

As an immigrant, issues of race, equity, and inclusion have always been central to my lived experience and values. As an environmental engineer and policy analyst, I feel grateful to align my convictions with my experience and to lead ERG’s environmental and climate justice solutions practice.

Shanika Amarakoon

Monika Chandra

I am inspired every day by my work with clients and colleagues dedicated to improving our environment—and by our shared goal of developing superior, technically sound solutions to some of our nation’s most challenging environmental issues.

Monika Chandra

Photo of Craig Cheney

After 30 years of consulting to federal agencies and departments I care passionately about, I have come to appreciate how important new data and application-sharing tools are to achieving environmental and energy goals. I am grateful that, as this stage of my career, I can bring a highly diverse combination of insights, perspectives, and skill sets to help my clients achieve their goals.

Craig Cheney

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I believe that everyone is entitled to safe, reliable, and affordable drinking water.

Janet Cherry

Carolyn Gillette

I have dedicated my career to helping clients develop practical, incremental solutions to environmental challenges that can sometimes feel overwhelming. It is a privilege to work with colleagues and clients who are devoted to building a better world, on the foundations of science, information, and communication.

Carolyn Gillette

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ERG’s commitment to respect, kindness, and compassion has given me an incredible foundation to serve our clients and help preserve the environment to the best of my abilities.

Laura Harwood

Jennifer Lam

The most rewarding part of my work is being able to help our clients and communities from behind the scenes, reflect on their impact, and find ways to become more effective and accessible in improving community conditions for all.

Jennifer Lam

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I am driven to apply pragmatic, preventive approaches to preserve and protect our environment for the next generation. I enjoy seeing project results that lead to improved worker health and safety and a cleaner environment.

Joy Onasch