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Entries from August 2012

Time Banks, Barter, Community Gardens and More: Economic Misery Provides Opportunities for Nimble Nonprofits

August 28th, 2012 · 1 Comment

As we’ve written about before in “What Budget Cuts? The RFPs Continue to Pour Out,” “One, Two, Three* Easy Steps to Start-Up a Nonprofit Upstart,” and “Grant Writing from Recession to Recession: This is a Great Time to Start a New Nonprofit,” the Great Recession and continuing economic malaise present tremendous grant opportunities for nonprofits—provided [...]

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Tags: Advice · Foundations

August Grant Writing Links: Abstinence and Comprehensive Sex Education, the Stimulus Bill, Charter Schools, Entitlements, and More

August 19th, 2012 · No Comments

* Parents Just Don’t Understand: A sociologist says American moms and dads are in denial about their kids’ sexual lives. See also: Why Have Teen Pregnancy Rates Dropped? A new study shows how to reduce them even more. Both could fit in your next Competitive Abstinence Education Grant Program proposal. Notice especially this, from the [...]

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Tags: Links

Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) is Finally Here

August 13th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Back in June, we got excited about the imminent announcement for the Department of Education’s Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) Program. Then we waited. And waited. And waited some more. Today, however, two months and a day after our post, the Department of Education finally released the complete application package. Some of the highlights include [...]

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Tags: Deadlines · Education · Government · Grants · Programs

How I track needs assessments and other grant proposal research

August 12th, 2012 · No Comments

Bear with me. I’m about to discuss a topic that might recall horrific memories from high school history or college English, but I promise that, this time, I’m discussing research methods that are a) simple and b) relevant to your life as a grant writer in a nonprofit or other setting. The single best way [...]

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Tags: Advice · Grants · How-to · Technical · Writing

Job Training Grant Programs: An Enigma Wrapped in a Riddle

August 5th, 2012 · 5 Comments

Two Wall Street Journal articles on job training grant programs caught my eye. The first, “U.S. Faces Uphill Battle in Retraining the Jobless,” recounts that sad tale of a hapless unemployed worker who got caught up in a job training program only to end up pushing a broom in a supermarket. The authors, Ianthe Dugan [...]

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Tags: Government · Links · Programs