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Entries from June 2011

Unicorn Spotted in the LA Times: A Large Nonprofit Gives Back Huge Federal Grants

June 26th, 2011 · 1 Comment

In the 280 or so years I’ve spent grant writing (grant writing years should be considered as dog years because of endless deadlines and dumb RFPs), I don’t believe I’ve ever come across a nonprofit that voluntarily gave back significant federal grants. Faithful readers will know that I use the term “unicorn” for anything I [...]

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Tags: Advice · Grants · Media · Nonprofits · Stories

Project GEESE is Project NUTRIA At a Table Near You. Also, HRSA’s Service Area Competition (SAC) FOA is out

June 19th, 2011 · 4 Comments

According to the New York Times, “the city’s too fertile and apparently pesky geese will soon face a grim fate, but will not go to waste: They will go to feed hungry Pennsylvanians.” I’m not making this up. The idea might sound familiar to Grant Writing Confidential readers. Isaac wrote a post called “Project NUTRIA: [...]

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Tags: Government · Grants · Programs

Processes and Outcomes: The Shape of Another Grant Wave, featuring HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative

June 18th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Social and human service proposals are usually geared toward outcomes: you’re going to get a grant to provide after school services to at-risk youth, which will reduce the number of them who drop out of high school or get unfortunate tattoos they’ll later regret by 25%. To apply, you’re going to write a proposal based [...]

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Tags: Grants

Grant Seeking Dinosaurs Look Up — The Bright Light In the Sky is an Astroid, and Don’t Be a Winklevi

June 12th, 2011 · 4 Comments

For reasons not clear to me, I am on the (usually) happy-talk email distribution list of Dorothy Stoneman, doyenne of YouthBuild USA, the trade group for the 273 or so YouthBuild providers across America. I’ve never met Dorothy, who is generally affable in her emails and is a tireless advocate and change agent (note: the [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Grants

Surfs Up: Seliger + Associates Is Back Where We Started From (More or Less): California

June 1st, 2011 · No Comments

A guilty pleasure during the mid-2000s was watching The O.C. with our then-high-school-age twins. Between the typical nighttime soap opera plot twists, the series produced occasional insights, had appealing actors and perpetuated the “endless summer” mythology of Southern California that we mine with good effect in counterpoint when writing needs assessments for LA-area clients. But [...]

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Tags: Travel

A Question for Talmudists and Lawyers Regarding HUD’s Healthy Homes NOFA

June 1st, 2011 · 4 Comments

I’m working on a HUD Healthy Homes proposal, and sections b and c of “Rating Factor 1: Capacity of the Applicant and Relevant Organizational Experience” requires responses to these sentences: Relevant Organization Experience (6 points). Describe your recent, relevant, and successfully demonstrated experience in undertaking eligible program activities. and: Past Performance of the Organization (6 [...]

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Tags: Grants · Questions · RFPs