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Entries from November 2009

Health Care Reform Means Green Grass & High Tides for Grant Writers

November 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments

One of the great ’70s arena anthem songs was the Outlaws’ Green Grass & High Tides, or as it was often misheard, “Green Grass & High Times Forever.” It seems that whichever health care reform bill staggers across the Congressional finish line will make it Green Grass & High Tides for grant writers, since all [...]

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Tags: Government · Grants · Stimulus

November 2009 Links: Governments, Foundations, Data, Broadband, Cities, and More

November 28th, 2009 · No Comments

* US charities expecting lean holiday. This makes writing proposals even more important, as Isaac explained way back during 2008 in “Market Tanks, Donors Disappear, Corporate Givers Vanish: Not to Worry, This is a Great Time to Write Proposals.” * How government policy defeats itself, with California as an example. That’s my title for the [...]

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Tags: Links

PSST! Listen, Do You Want to Know a Secret? Do you Promise Not to Tell?* Here’s How to Write Foundation Proposals

November 22nd, 2009 · 4 Comments

Hey you!! That’s right, you! The nonprofit Executive Director lurking in the back. Confused about how to write foundation proposals? I shouldn’t really do this, but, just between me and you, and if you promise not to tell anyone, I’ll let you in on some of the secrets of writing foundation proposals. Many nonprofit folks, [...]

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Tags: Advice · Grants · How-to · Technical

Adventures in The Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP), Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), and Figuring Out Where to Start the Narrative

November 13th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Although this might not seem like it should be a problem, figuring out where to start the narrative section of a proposal can sometimes be difficult: do you write to the evaluation criteria, to something labeled “narrative,” or to a series of text boxes? Federal programs are particularly fond of hiding the salami, as anyone [...]

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Tags: Government · Grants · How-to

Same As It Ever Was: Investing in Innovation Fund (i3), Student Support Services (SSS), TRIO, and More to Come

November 8th, 2009 · 2 Comments

(EDIT: Note that the i3 RFP discussed below has finally been released, as discussed at the link.) As grant writers, we usually don’t pay much attention to new grant programs as they move through the regulation writing process, since we are focused on writing proposals, not the policy minutia of federal regs. A caller last [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Grants · Stimulus

I Was Right: Seliger + Associates Writes a $2.5 Million Funded Department of Energy (DOE) Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) Proposal

November 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

A $2.5 million Department of Energy Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) proposal we wrote for an electric utility company was funded last week. While we write lots of funded proposals, this one was especially gratifying. Faithful readers will remember that last April I wrote No Experience, No Problem: Why Writing a Department of Energy (DOE) [...]

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Tags: Clients · Grants · Stimulus · Stories

The Latest Outfit Promising Something for Nothing: Aimfar

November 1st, 2009 · No Comments

You might think that, given our tendency to mock various scams and time wasters in the grant world (see, for example, here and here), people would stop sending us spam with outlandish promises in it. Alas, that’s not the case, since we recently received a message from Jacqueline Ruth Turco of “Aimfar,” which says, “Let [...]

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Tags: Advice · Stories