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Entries from December 2009

Why Seliger + Associates Never Responds to RFPs/RFQs for Grant Writing Services

December 27th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Faithful readers will note that we regularly discuss RFPs, NOFAs, FOAs, SGAs—or whatever other acronym funders might dream up to denote that grant funds are available. Jake in particular likes to fulminate about bizarre RRPs, as he does in “Deconstructing the Question: How to Parse a Confused RFP” and “Adventures in The Broadband Initiatives Program.” [...]

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Acronym Confusion at the Department of Education: Does i3 Mean “Innovation through Institutional Integration” or “Investing in Innovation Fund?”

December 16th, 2009 · 2 Comments

(EDIT: Note that the i3 RFP discussed below has finally been released, as discussed at the link.) The “Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program” program solicitation says that it’s part of the “Institutional Integration (I3)” program, which immediately made me think of the i3 programs that Isaac wrote about here. I sent him an e-mail saying, [...]

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When It Comes To Applying for Grants, Size Doesn’t Matter (Usually)

December 13th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Faithful readers will know that I’m very fond of what used to be called “B movies,” so it should be no surprise that I also love movie trailers. The otherwise forgettable 1998 remake of Godzilla featured one of the best theatrical trailers I’ve ever seen: old guys are fishing off an East River pier in [...]

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So, How Much Grant Money Should I Ask For? And Who’s the Competition?

December 8th, 2009 · 2 Comments

One question clients often ask is how much money they should apply for in a given grant request. Our standard answer: ask for the maximum because zeroes are cheap. As with many aspects of grant writing, there is no right answer to this question. It’s impossible to know. But all other things being equal, you [...]

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