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Entries from May 2012

Thoughts on the DOL YouthBuild 2012 SGA: Quirks, Lessons, and, as Always, Changes

May 20th, 2012 · 4 Comments

YouthBuild season recently ended, at least for those of us lucky enough to be writing the proposals and preparing the application packages. 1. I’ve warned against the “Perils of Perfectionism” for grant writers, but it appears that RFP writers have also heeded this advice—too well. Page 23 of the original YouthBuild RFP* says, “These attachments [...]

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Tags: Government · Grants · Programs · RFPs

A Day in the Life of a Participant is Overrated: Focus on Data in the Neighborhood

May 13th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I’ve seen a lot of proposals from clients and amateur grant writers that include something like, “A day in the life of Anthony” in their needs assessments. This is almost always a mistake, because almost anyone can include a hard-knocks anecdote, and they convey virtually no information about why your hard-knock area is different from [...]

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Tags: Advice · How-to · Writing

Making it Easy to Understand Who’s Eligible for HRSA’s School-Based Health Center Capital Program

May 11th, 2012 · 3 Comments

The Affordable Care Act has made it especially hard to figure out who’s eligible for a program. This week, the “Affordable Care Act: Grants for School-Based Health Center Capital Program” is our star. The announcement says that eligible applicants must “Be a school-based health center or a sponsoring facility of a school-based health center as [...]

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Tags: Grants · How-to · Programs · RFPs

Why does the Seliger Funding Report Sometimes Lack Key Data? Examples from the Small, Rural School Achievement Program and the Portable Assistance Program

May 6th, 2012 · 3 Comments

Readers occasionally ask why our e-mail newsletter lacks key data about funding, like the maximum size of a grant or the amount of money available. We always have the same answer: we present whatever information we can find from the funding source. When we write “N.A.,” it’s not because we’re trying to hide data—it’s because [...]

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Tags: Advice · Grants · RFPs