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Entries from February 2009

Grant Writing Acronyms Explained and a Bonus in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill

February 24th, 2009 · No Comments

We’ve added a link to “Acronyms” in Grant Writing Confidential’s header. The new page defines and explains many of the fun acronyms used by grant writers, so if you ever read in an RFP or elsewhere that “a CBO has been dispatched for BBQ to IHEs and the DOL ASAP,” you’ll know that “a community-based [...]

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Blast Bureaucrats for Inept Interpretations of Federal Regulations*

February 22nd, 2009 · 3 Comments

Jake received an email response to “FEMA and Together at Last” from a firefighter who is working on a Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) proposal who seems to have been given a bum steer by AFG Program Officer and Jake’s nemesis, Tom Harrington (for background, see “FEMA Tardiness,, and Dealing with Recalcitrant Bureaucrats” and [...]

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Stimulus Bill Passes: Time for Fast and Furious Grant Writing

February 16th, 2009 · 4 Comments

The passage of the Stimulus Bill corresponded almost perfectly with Valentine’s Day, a perhaps unintended but still humorous outcome. While I have not had time to dig through the 1,100 page bill, I know that funding for enough grant programs, new and old, survived to keep grant writers busy, busy, busy. But my topic today [...]

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FEMA and Together at Last

February 8th, 2009 · No Comments

Last week I complained that FEMA still hadn’t posted the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program 2008 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants to, which particularly rankled after last year’s fiasco. My post went up on February 1, and lo! on February 2, the FY2008 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants program appeared on And [...]

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Looking at the Stimulus Bill from a Grant Writer’s Perspective

February 4th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Since last I wrote about the Stimulus Bill in Brush the Dirt Off Your Shoulders: What to Do While Waiting, the House has passed its version and the bill is staggering through the Senate. It’s amusing to watch various senators say, like Captain Renault in my favorite movie, Casablanca, that they are “shocked, shocked to [...]

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FEMA Fails to Learn New Tricks With the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program

February 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment

Last year I railed about the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s inability to post the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program RFP on in a timely fashion in “FEMA Tardiness,, and Dealing with Recalcitrant Bureaucrats.” In addition, I sent a nastygram to FEMA about this failure, which someone named “R. David Paulison” responded to seven [...]

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