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Entries from January 2013

January Links: Giving, California’s Failures, Colleges, Foundations, Neighborhoods, Prostitutes in Brazil Learning English, Strippers in North Dakota, Riots in Detroit, and More

January 29th, 2013 · No Comments

* “The story of GiveDirectly;” I generally favor direct action donations more than intermediary donations. * “The Great California Exodus:” How the 20th Century’s most successful state’s bad policies have made it a net exporter of native-born citizens. * From the “perverse incentives department:” “Colleges Rise as They Reject: Schools Invite More Applications, Then Use [...]

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Tags: Links

DOL Issues FY ’13 YouthBuild SGA—If You’re A Current Grantee, Here’s How to Beat the Eligibility Restriction

January 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

The Department of Labor just issued the FY ’13 YouthBuild SGA (“Solicitation for Grant Applications,” which is DOL-speak for RFP), and $75,000,000 is available with 75 grants! We’ve written at least 20 funded YouthBuild proposals over the years, including two in the last funding round, so we’re more than a little familiar with this program, [...]

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Tags: Advice · Budgets · Government · Grants · Nonprofits

Language Choices in Grant Writing Present Pitfalls for the Unwary or Inexperienced

January 21st, 2013 · 2 Comments

In his recent post on potential grant funds embedded in President Obama’s just announced gun violence prevention policy statement, Jake noted that grant writing language is a good topic for a post of its own. He’s right. Like all forms of the written word, grant writing has its own language conventions and wisdom. Faithful readers [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Grants

President Obama Announces That “Now is the Time to Stop Gun Violence.” But Looking Closely Shows That it is Time for School Districts, Police Departments, and Nonprofits to Start Writing Grants

January 16th, 2013 · 1 Comment

In response to the recent Sandy Hook massacre, the Obama Administration has launched a marketing and legislative campaign called “Now is the time—to do something about gun violence” (if the website doesn’t load quickly or properly, download the .pdf from us), but the most interesting parts of the plan for nonprofit and public agencies are [...]

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Tags: Government · Grants · Media · Stimulus

Gun Violence and Grants: Echos of Sandy Hook in Philadelphia and Chicago

January 13th, 2013 · 1 Comment

I recently wrote about the likely impact of the tragic Sandy Hook shooting on grant making and seeking, which is why this CNN piece about ongoing gun violence in inner-city Philadelphia and Chicago in the context of Sandy Hook resonated with me. Unlike the sudden impact of Sandy Hook, which captured the nation’s attention and [...]

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Tags: Advice · Foundations · Media · Nonprofits · Programs

Sequestration Still Looms Over the Grant World: Two Months and Counting

January 12th, 2013 · 1 Comment

I wrote about the potential impacts of the then-looming fiscal cliff a few weeks ago. At the last minute—actually, about a day after the last minute—Congress and President Obama awoke from their torpor and passed legislation, which what’s left of our media immediately hailed as “preventing the nation from going off the fiscal cliff.” Well, [...]

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Tags: Budgets · Government · Nonprofits

RFPs for “National Nonprofits,” like the Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants, are Effectively Wired

January 6th, 2013 · 1 Comment

It’s barely worth writing this post, but we hope to save someone from the danger of applying for a program that for which they’re probably not a competitive applicant—even if they’re nominally eligible. Subscribers to our e-mail grant newsletter recently saw an RFP for the “Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants” [...]

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Tags: Advice · Grants · RFPs