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Entries from November 2012

Teams Don’t Write Grants: Individual Writers Do, One Word At a Time

November 30th, 2012 · 8 Comments

Teams don’t write proposals. If you hear about a team that is writing a proposal, that translates roughly to “lots meetings are being held, but no one is actually working on the proposal.” We sometimes hear people at nonprofit and public agencies talk about how they’ve assembled a “team” to write a proposal. For some [...]

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Tags: Advice · Clients · Grants · How-to · Nonprofits · Stories · Writing

HUD’s Confusing Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Explained

November 11th, 2012 · 4 Comments

HUD just released the FY ’13 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program NOFA, with $1.6 billion available for an array of housing and related services for the homeless. But the process of trying to access that money is deliberately confusing. We’re going to explain how it works in this post, mostly for our own amusement but [...]

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Tags: Government · Grants · HUD · Programs · RFPs

December Links: Dubious Education Policies, FEMA, Writing, School Reform, Manufacturers, Quiet, Dan Savage, the Security Ratchet, and More!

November 11th, 2012 · No Comments

* This is not an Onion story: “Florida’s plan to measure students by race riles education experts.” * From an interview with Michael Bloomberg: If every time you want to do something, they demand the final results, when you’re just sort of feeling your way and trying to evolve, it’s hard to govern. When we [...]

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Tags: Government · Grants · Links

The Bizarre RTTT-D RFP Competition Lurches to the Finish

November 4th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Feeling like exhausted runners at the finish of the now-cancelled New York City Marathon, we recently met the then-deadline for a couple of Department of Education Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) proposals we’ve been slaving over for the last few weeks. To say this RFP was complex is to not do justice to the word, [...]

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Tags: Education · Government · Grants · Programs

Hurricane Sandy and the Election Combine to Blow Away the RFPs

November 3rd, 2012 · 2 Comments

Dedicated readers of our e-mail grant newsletter have probably noticed how slender it’s been over the last four weeks. The newsletter isn’t slender because we’re reluctant to share grant opportunities with you—it’s slender because federal and state governments haven’t been issuing very many RFPs, and they’ve been issuing even fewer interesting RFPs of the sort [...]

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Tags: Deadlines · Government · RFPs