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Entries from April 2009

No More Ball of Confusion: The Reality of the Grant Making Process is Really Simple and I’m the Guy to Explain It to You

April 26th, 2009 · 2 Comments

In the April 20, 2009 Wall Street Journal, Elizabeth Williamson wrote “Stimulus Confusion Frustrates Business,” in which she states “Confusion over how to go after money allocated to various stimulus programs appears to be clouding corporate efforts to plan ahead . . .” In the April 12, 2009 New York Times, Kirk Johnson wrote “Waving [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Grants · Stimulus

From the Department of “No Kidding:” Grants.gov Warns of Outages at High Service Period

April 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Those of you who are working feverishly to finish Federal proposals by Monday should stop surfing the Internet and get back to your assignment, because Grants.gov has finally figured out (or admitted) what Seliger + Associates did five years ago. According to the post “High Submission Volume” from the Grants.gov blog, which is written with [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Grants · Grants.gov

Reading “Arugulance” and then Writing It

April 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

After reading the first draft of “One of the Open Secrets of Grant Writing and Grant Writers: Reading,” I suggested that Jake lay down for a while, as he seemed to have worked himself into a frenzy over the subject of no reading versus some reading versus close reading versus . . . well, you’ve [...]

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Tags: Clients · Grants · Stories

One of the Open Secrets of Grant Writing and Grant Writers: Reading

April 16th, 2009 · 8 Comments

Good writing is inextricably linked to reading, and this is true not only of grant writing, but of virtually any genre. Most of what you pick up through reading is subliminal: you’re not consciously studying ideas, or rhythms, or structure, or vocabulary,* but you absorb them through osmosis regardless of your intention. You learn words [...]

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Tags: Advice · Grants · How-to

No Experience, No Problem: Why Writing a Department of Energy (DOE) Proposal Is Not Hard For A Good Grant Writer

April 5th, 2009 · 8 Comments

The Stimulus Bill deluge has begun, and we’ve been getting lots of calls from for-profit companies interested in Department of Energy “Funding Opportunity Announcements” (FOA is DOE-speak for RFP). Usually the caller will say something along the lines of, “So, how many funded proposals for Dilithium Crystal research have you written?” This leads me to [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Grants · Stories

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Offender Reentry Program and Prisoner Re-entry Initiative

April 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

In an August 24 blog post, we wrote: Today, an organization that once worked solely on homeless issues might expand its area of expertise to related areas, like affordable housing, prisoner reentry, or foster care emancipation. The latter problem has gained some traction in recent years as various levels of government have come to realize [...]

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Tags: Government · Grants

If You Want Free Samples, Go To Costco; If You Actually Want Proposal Writing, Go To A Grant Writer

April 1st, 2009 · 2 Comments

People regularly discover Grant Writing Confidential by searching for template proposals. For example, two recent searches that turned up in our query logs include “carol m. white pep sample proposal” and “free grant writing samples.” At least the former person is more likely to find something useful than the latter, since a generic proposal is [...]

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