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Entries from May 2010

Tough Times for Folks Means More Grant Writing for Nonprofits

May 31st, 2010 · 2 Comments

This morning’s New York Times brought a depressing tale: “Blacks in Memphis Lose Decades of Economic Gains.” No matter what macro economic metrics indicate, it is clear that the Great Recession continues to rage across America and, as Van Morrison put it, it remains Hard Nose the Highway in the hardscrabble neighborhoods where Seliger + [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Grants

May 2010 Links: The Promise Neighborhoods Program, Federal Budgets, Upward Bound, Centers for Independent Living (CLI), the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), Restricting Fun Too Expensive, and more

May 19th, 2010 · No Comments

* Federal programs never get delayed, unless they do. One of our clients received a letter from the Department of Education announcing that the Upward Bound program, which encourages at-risk youth to complete high school and go on to college, is being delayed until fiscal year 2012. This indicates that, as Isaac wrote in “Where [...]

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The Census During Hard Times: A Gift That Keeps On Giving

May 9th, 2010 · No Comments

One of the best things that can happen to a grant writer is to have the Census roll around during a time of economic crisis, because decennial Census data hangs around for about ten years. It takes the Census Bureau around two years or so to publish the latest data, which then gets used until [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Grants · How-to · Research

Federal Naming Conventions, EDA’s i6 Challenge, the Future of Innovation, and the Ministry of Silly Walks

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments

Carefully study this screenshot of EDA’s website for the i6 Challenge: Bear in mind that the purpose of the i6 program is “to support groundbreaking ideas in science and technology,” and ideally to fund really innovative stuff (in this respect it’s like i3 or any number of federal programs). But you might notice something funny [...]

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Tags: Government · Grants · Tools

Change for Change’s Sake in Grant Proposals: When in Doubt, Claim Your Program is Innovative

May 2nd, 2010 · 3 Comments

Federal grant programs are constantly demanding “innovative” projects, even when the specific requirements of the program prevent any deviation from narrowly defined activities. Take two examples regarding how project services can be delivered: No matter what the RFP for any human services program requires, there are only two basic ways to deliver human services: you [...]

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