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Entries from August 2008

Surfing the Grant Waves: How to Deal with Social and Funding Wind Shifts

August 24th, 2008 · 13 Comments

In Mordecai Richler’s hilarious novel Barney’s Version, a discussion arises: “We’ve got a problem this year. There’s been a decline in the number of anti-Semitic outrages.” “Yeah. Isn’t that a shame,” I said. “Don’t get me wrong. I’m against anti-Semitism. But every time some asshole daubs a swastika on a synagogue wall or knocks over [...]

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That’ll Be The Day: Searching for Grant Writing Truths in Monument Valley

August 16th, 2008 · No Comments

Faithful readers know of my Blue Highways post about driving to LA with my daughter following her college graduation last spring. This is my year for road trips, as I recently drove with Jake from Seattle to his new life as a English Literature Ph. D. candidate at the University of Arizona in Tucson. I [...]

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Links for 8-13-08

August 13th, 2008 · No Comments

* Imagine our surprise at seeing a client on the front page of CNN: “AIDS in America today is a black disease,” says Phill Wilson, founder and CEO of the institute and himself HIV-positive for 20 years. “2006 CDC data tell us that about half of the just over 1 million Americans living with HIV [...]

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Tilting at Windmills and Fees: Why There is no Free Grant Writing Lunch and You Won’t Find Writers for Nothing

August 8th, 2008 · 6 Comments

People often find Grant Writing Confidential by searching for terms like “commission only grant writers,”* “free grant writers,” “free grant writing,” or variations on those themes. I see such queries in our blog stats every week, so I’ll address these anonymous multitudes now: in grant writing, you’re likely to get what you pay for. Caveat [...]

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