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Entries from December 2008

The Worse it is, the Better it is: Your Grant Story Needs to Get the Money

December 21st, 2008 · 7 Comments

A client recently said that she was moved by a description Isaac wrote of her target area in the needs assessment of her proposal, but she asked if we could make it more hopeful. Isaac strongly discouraged her—not as a way of disparaging her neighborhood, but because describing an area as terribly depressed makes the [...]

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The Secrets of Matching Funds Exposed: Release the Hounds and Let the Scavenger Hunt Begin

December 16th, 2008 · 5 Comments

This is YouthBuild season at Seliger + Associates, so I spent most of the weekend slaving over a hot YouthBuild proposal. YouthBuild has a curious take on the somewhat mysterious concept of “matching funds.” Newly minted grant writers will soon learn that there are two basic types of matching funds: in-kind and cash. The former [...]

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‘Tis the Season for Government Folly, Fa La La La La La La La L.A.!

December 8th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Christmas comes but once a year, but there is no end to misguided federal efforts to solve the crisis of the day. Leaving aside the collapsing financial sector, doomed US car industry, etc., the crisis de jure is the housing meltdown.* Lost in the current hysteria is the $4 billion Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) passed [...]

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