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Entries from July 2008

Reformers Come and Go, But HUD Abides

July 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Sudhir Venkatesh*, a Columbia University Sociologist, wrote To Fight Poverty, Tear Down HUD for the New York Times, and in it he suggests imploding HUD like the infamous Pruitt-Igoe Housing Project to increase regional collaboration. Having just finished a HUD proposal, it made me think about HUD’s evolution and my experience with previous attempts to [...]

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Every Proposal Needs Six Elements: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How. The Rest is Mere Commentary.

July 21st, 2008 · 10 Comments

(This is an expanded version of an article that originally appeared at In writing a grant that describes a program, you are actually telling a story you want readers to believe. To do so, you need to make it as complete as possible. Journalists know that an effective lead paragraph in a news story [...]

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High Noon at the Grant Writing Corral: Staring Down Deadlines

July 13th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Jake gave me a DVD edition of High Noon for Father’s Day, in which Gary Cooper’s Marshall Will Kane must face Frank Miller and his henchmen at exactly noon when their train arrives.* Tension builds as Marshall Kane realizes that none of the town folk will help him and that he must stand alone in [...]

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Adventures in Bureaucracy and the Long Tale of Deciphering Eligibility: A Farce Featuring the Department of Education’s Erin Pfeltz

July 9th, 2008 · 7 Comments

There are numerous good reasons why we often make fun of the Department of Education. One recently appeared in the Seliger Funding Report. Subscribers saw the “Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grants to Non-State Educational Agencies for Planning, Program Design, and Implementation and for Dissemination” program in the June 16 newsletter. The eligibility criteria for it, [...]

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