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Entries from October 2010

The October 2010 Blog Carnival: Tell Us About Your Tools

October 28th, 2010 · No Comments

The October Nonprofit Blog Carnival is setting up camp at Grant Writing Confidential. A couple of thoughts for future writers before we get started: Read Paul Graham’s The List of N Things, because many of the submissions are like wannabe magazine submissions: “Seven Ways to Beat Fat Now!!!!” (The number seven occurs disproportionately). The world [...]

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Tags: Blogging · Links

Google Faster than Grants.Gov — Finding the Capital Fund Education and Training Community Facilities Program and the FY 2011 Recovery Implementation Fund

October 24th, 2010 · 4 Comments

While researching this week’s e-mail Grant Alert newsletter, I needed to find out more about the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) FY 2011 Recovery Implementation Fund. I searched for it on, which kept hanging instead of returning information. But there’s a way around this: you can restrict Google searches to a single domain. If [...]

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Tags: Government · · How-to

Yet Another Note on Grant Writing Training, Seminars, and Workshops

October 23rd, 2010 · 2 Comments

Most of the people who send us angry e-mails regarding our posts on the uselessness of grant writing credentials, workshops, and the like do so because they teach those workshops and are unhappy when prospective students send links to our work. We got another such e-mail recently, which starts with a rhetorical question we’ve answered [...]

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Tags: Advice

Be Nice to Your Program Officer: Reprogrammed / Unobligated Federal Funds Mean Christmas May Come Early and Often This Year

October 18th, 2010 · 3 Comments

I hope faithful readers who are also federal grantees have been nice to their Program Officers, because this could be the year that Christmas comes early and often. I recently wrote about the unfolding FY 2011 federal budget fiasco. While cruising in the droptop to Palm Spring this weekend to visit relatives, I got to [...]

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Tags: Budgets · Government · Nonprofits

How to Write About Grant Writing and How to Learn About Grant Writing Via Blogging

October 10th, 2010 · 2 Comments

In “Twentysomething: Making time for a blog and a full-time job,” Ryan Healy says that one should create deadlines, skip days when necessary, and remember why one blogs. It’s good advice, and we try to follow it. Grant Writing Confidential has one big advantage over similar blogs: we’re extremely specific about programs, RFPs, problems, and [...]

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Tags: Advice · Blogging

I’m in a New York City Recession State of Mind: Quick, Hand Me a Burger and Fries

October 5th, 2010 · 3 Comments

As I write this, K and I are flying back from a 12-day vacation in New York City, AKA the Big Apple and the City so great they named it twice. I knew from New York, New York, it’s “a hellava Town, the Bronx is up and the Battery’s down,” so getting around was not [...]

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Tags: Travel