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Entries from October 2011

Teaching the Teacher: What I Learned From Technical Writing

October 23rd, 2011 · 5 Comments

We’re skeptics on the subject of grant writing training as such, but this summer I taught a “Technical Writing” course for juniors and seniors at the University of Arizona. The original course design wasn’t very challenging, so I decided to make it more nutritious by building a unit around grant writing; in a fit of [...]

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Tags: Advice · Education · Grants · How-to · Nonprofits

Seliger’s Believe it or Not Tales from the World of Grant Writing: Recovery Act Weatherization Training Centers and TAACCT

October 16th, 2011 · 4 Comments

As a kid, I loved reading Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Who knew if these fantastic stores were true, but they were true enough to capture my imagination when I was about ten. Today, I experience lots of hard-to-believe tales as a grant writer, and I thought I would share a few. Faithful readers may [...]

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Tags: Grants · Stories

HUD Issues the FY ’12 Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) NOFA Not Long After the FY ’11 NOFA

October 11th, 2011 · 1 Comment

HUD just issued the FY ’12 Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) NOFA (Notice of Funding Availability, which is HUD-speak for RFP). There’s about $61 million available for federally recognized Tribes, Alaskan Native Villages and selected Native American organizations. This is a great opportunity for eligible Native American applicants to fund housing, economic development and [...]

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Tags: Advice · Budgets · Government · Grants · Nonprofits · Programs

Federal Pass-Through Programs Illustrated: California Issues RFAs for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers – Elementary & Middle Schools and High School ASSETs Programs

October 10th, 2011 · 5 Comments

Grant writing is inherently confusing—particularly when it comes to federal “pass-through” grant programs. A pass-through program is one in which the federal government passes grant funds to state or large local jurisdictions based on an allocation formula of some sort. Let’s take a look at one such program, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC). [...]

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Tags: Education · Government · Grants · Programs

September 2011 Links: Understanding Expenses, the Freelance Revolution, Skirt Length, College Life, Schools, Software, and More

October 9th, 2011 · 2 Comments

* The Tyranny of Silly Expense Control Rules; notice the comment from yours truly. * The Freelance Surge Is the Industrial Revolution of Our Time. People are, in other words, repurposing their jobs. A lot of academics in the humanities appear to be completely missing this. In addition, you might want to emphasize this fact [...]

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Tags: Links

Seliger’s Quick Guide to Developing Foundation Grant Budgets

October 2nd, 2011 · 1 Comment

Faithful readers will remember our post “Seliger’s Quick Guide to Developing Federal Grant Budgets.” This is a companion post for developing foundation budgets. Unlike federal budgets, foundations rarely provide budget forms, or, if they do, the form is usually fairly simple and most grant writers, even novices, should be able to figure out how to [...]

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Tags: Budgets · How-to