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Entries from March 2010

Late March Links: Middle America, Phony Grant Writers, Federal Spending, and More

March 28th, 2010 · No Comments

* The decline of Middle America and the problem of meritocracy has some observations about small towns similar to what Isaac wrote in “Blue Highways: Reflections of a Grant Writer Retracing His Steps 35 Years Later.” * Deficit Hawk Turns Dove at Home: Mr. Conrad’s career shows how hard it is to trim spending, even [...]

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Tags: Links

Rock Chalk, Collapse: Another Grant Writing Lesson from Basketball as Seen in the Investing in Innovation (i3) and Administration for Native Americans Social and Economic Development Strategies (ANA SEDS) Programs

March 21st, 2010 · No Comments

For KU basketball fans, the unthinkable happened yesterday. Our beloved Jayhawks, pre-season Number One and end-of-season Number One in the polls, winner of the Big 12 regular season and tournament and picked by the Bracketologist-in-Chief, President Obama, to win the NCAA championship, lost in the second round to the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). Despite [...]

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Tags: Advice · Clients · Grants · Questions · Stories

Grant Notes: Foundation Funders Find Us and the Helping Organizations and Programs Expand (HOPE III)

March 20th, 2010 · No Comments

Something unusual happened recently. Actually, it’s not just unusual, but unprecedented. In the 12 years we’ve been sending out our e-mail grant newsletter, no funder has written to point out their RFP or program. Last week, not just one, but two of them did. It would be more accurate to say that some kind of [...]

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The Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) Notice Inviting Applications Finally Appears

March 15th, 2010 · 3 Comments

NOTE: The Notices Inviting Applications (NIA) for Fiscal Year 2011 are now available. It took the Department of Education a year and three months to issue the second round, but I suppose that’s better than never. Subscribers to our e-mail grant newsletter saw that the Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) RFP was (finally) released on [...]

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Tags: Advice · Education · Government · Grants

How Not to Get a Grant

March 7th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Usually I write posts about how to get grants. Today I thought I would give some surefire ways to not get a grant . . . Call/email/meet with a field deputy in the office of your senator, congressperson, governor, mayor, or city councilperson. Regardless of the project idea, the field deputy will be polite, encouraging, [...]

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Tags: Advice · Grants · How-to

A WSJ Article Illustrates the Program Officer Problem

March 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

I just posted “Where Have All the RFPs Gone?,” in which I speculated that the lateness of federal RFPs this fiscal year is probably due to the fact that overworked program officers are still chewing through last year’s proposals. Imagine my surprise when I read “Staffing Woes Hinder Job-Boosting Program” by Michael Aneiro in this [...]

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Tags: Government · Grants · Stimulus