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Good Needs Assessments Tell Stories: Data is Cheap and Everyone Has It

May 26th, 2015 · No Comments

If you only include data in your needs assessment, you don’t stand out from dozens or hundreds of other needs assessments funders read for any given RFP competition. Good needs assessments tell stories: Data is cheap and everyone has it, and almost any data can be massaged to make a given target area look bad. [...]

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Tags: Advice · How-to · Writing

Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) is Out and It’s Topical for More Than Just Police Departments

May 18th, 2015 · No Comments

The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program is back, most notably via the COPS Hiring Program (CHP), which has $134.5 million available for local law-enforcement agencies. This Clinton-era program has been around for a while but has special resonance this year due to a spate of police shootings and the civil unrest in Baltimore. President [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Grants · Media · Programs

No Calls, No Bother: “Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule” and the Grant Writer’s Work

April 19th, 2015 · 2 Comments

In “Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule” Paul Graham writes There are two types of schedule, which I’ll call the manager’s schedule and the maker’s schedule. The manager’s schedule is for bosses. It’s embodied in the traditional appointment book, with each day cut into one hour intervals. You can block off several hours for a single task [...]

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Tags: Advice · Writing

Batch/Cohort Versus Continuous Training: A Problem with No Solution (and the DOL Training to Work 3-Adult Reentry Program)

March 29th, 2015 · No Comments

Job training programs, education programs, and related programs can work in two basic modes: batch/cohort (we’ll call it “batch” for this purpose) and continuous. Batch training happens the way most conventional schools function: the academic year starts at a particular time—usually in September—and if you don’t show up by September 5, you have to wait [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Grants · Programs

Parsing the Department of Education’s “Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions” (HSI) Program RFP–Which Colleges are Eligible?

March 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

As we’ve written before, parsing an RFP sometimes seems like deciphering the Talmud. The just-issued ED Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) RFP is a case in point. HSI is a venerable program that provides grants to Institutions of Higher Education (ED-speak for “two- and four-year colleges and universities”) deemed to be “Hispanic-Serving Institutions.” But what is [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · RFPs

Some Positive Changes in Federal Grant Grants.Gov Submission Requirements Emerge

March 15th, 2015 · No Comments

Faithful readers know that I’ve been writing federal grant proposals since the last ice age.* For most of the last four decades, federal grant writing has changed little, other than in obvious tech-related ways—computers, online databases, quick and reliable digital literature/data searches, easy access to applicant background info and so on. I recently realized that [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Grants.gov · Uncategorized

The HRSA Health Infrastructure Investment Program (HIIP) Illustrates Why It’s Hard to Handicap Chances of Getting a Grant

March 8th, 2015 · No Comments

Anyone who’s been to a race track or Vegas knows that the odds of a given race or sporting event are being constantly updated by pros who seem to know how to handicap future events. Prospective clients often ask me to handicap their chances of winning a grant competition (and we’ve written before about why [...]

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Tags: Advice · Grants · healthcare

Standard At-Risk Youth or Ex-Offender Empowerment Program: Improve Lives Through “X!”

February 22nd, 2015 · 3 Comments

A standard pitch for at-risk youth empowerment grant proposals is simple: We’ll give youth access to X, and through their love of or learning about X they’ll become better students / scholars / workers / people. “X” can be any number of things: To name a few of the projects we’ve worked on over the [...]

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Tags: Advice · Clients · Programs

Shorter Deadlines Are Sometimes Better for Organizations and Grant Writers

February 8th, 2015 · 1 Comment

It seems intuitive that having more time to complete a task would result in a better final product. But in grant writing—and other fields—that’s sometimes not the case. The reason is simple: more time sometimes allows organizations to edit their proposals into oblivion or let everyone contribute their “ideas,” no matter poorly conceived or how [...]

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Tags: Advice · Clients · Grants · Writing

On the Importance of Internal Consistency in Grant Proposals

February 1st, 2015 · 2 Comments

As we’ve written about before, grant writing, like most artistic pursuits, is essentially a solitary endeavor. No matter how many preliminary group-think planning meetings or discussions occur, eventually one person will face a blank monitor and contemplate an often cryptic, convoluted RFP.* As a consequence of being written by a single person, most proposal first [...]

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