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Vaporware, the Media, and the Dept. of Labor’s “Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training” (TAACCCT) Grant Program

April 16th, 2014 · No Comments

The Associated Press is bringing vaporware, an annoying feature of the tech world, to grants: in “Obama, Biden announce $600M for competitive job grants,” an anonymous AP reporter manages to spend 746 words blathering on about job training grants (a topic almost as dear to our hearts as shocking celebrity nudes is to Us Weekly), [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Grants · Job Training

Don’t Overmatch: You Need to Look Like You Need the Money

April 13th, 2014 · No Comments

As you no doubt know, many grant programs require matching funds, and we’ve exposed the secrets of matching funds. But in that post we didn’t mention one other key aspect of matching funds: don’t overmatch. If there’s a 10% match, get a 10% match—and no more. There’s a signaling hazard: If you come up with [...]

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Tags: Advice · Clients · Government · Grants

Guest Post: Tales of the Grant Manager

April 4th, 2014 · No Comments

This guest post was inspired by “Grant Writer Vs. Grant Management: Two Essential Nonprofit Job Functions Separated by a Common Word” and describes what a Grant Manager does and how that differs from what grant writers do. Like many of our guest posts, it is published anonymously to protect the guilty and the innocent. I’ve [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Grants · Nonprofits · Questions

Yet Another Grant Writing Lesson from KU Basketball: Don’t Expect a Savior

March 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Faithful readers will know that I’m a KU Jayhawks basketball fan and that I’ve written a few posts, like this one, relating KU’s basketball fortunes to grant writing. This year, the Jayhawks were bounced from the NCAA tournament last weekend in the round of 32. A disappointing and inglorious end to an altogether lackluster season, [...]

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Tags: Advice · Grants

Counting the OJJDP Second Chance Act Chances

March 29th, 2014 · No Comments

There are a lot of second chances in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) Second Chance Act programs. The latest to the hit the street is the Comprehensive Statewide Juvenile Reentry Systems Reform Planning Program, which proves that OJJDP doesn’t just inflict unwieldy acronyms on itself but also brands its programs the [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Grants · Programs

Grant Writer Vs. Grant Management: Two Essential Nonprofit Job Functions Separated by a Common Word

March 9th, 2014 · 4 Comments

George Bernard Shaw or Oscar Wilde allegedly said, “England and America are two nations separated by a common language.” “Grant Writer” and “Grant Manager” are two allegedly related functions separated by a common word: grant. Many nonprofits and public agencies combine the functions of Grant Writer and Grant Manager into a single position, often called [...]

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Tags: Advice · Nonprofits · Questions

Sometimes Technology Makes Things Harder: Foundation Proposal Submission Edition

February 21st, 2014 · 4 Comments

In ye olden days when dragons flew the sky and grain was still milled with water wheels, most foundations only accepted paper submissions. Most also had relatively straightforward instructions that were reasonably simple; since the submissions were done through paper, applicants could create an attractive, well-formatted submission document. Today things are different. Amazon delivery drones [...]

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Tags: Advice · Foundations · Stories

Job Training Grants are the Church of What’s Happening Now: State of the Union and CA Career Pathways

February 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Although I gave up watching State of the Union speeches about 20 years ago—they’re always boring and bombastic—this year’s rendition included a hearty endorsement of federal job training efforts. President Obama observed that, with more than 30 existing discretionary federal job training programs, the subject is bit confusing, and he detailed Uncle Joe Biden to [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Grants · Programs

The Narrative Should Use the Headers the Funder Says It Should Use: HRSA’s Health Start Initiative (HSI)

January 20th, 2014 · 2 Comments

A few days ago I was describing some of the weirder sections in HRSA’s Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health (HSI) program to my fiancée, and between the time I started and the time she fell asleep I mentioned that a proposal’s disjointedness often comes not from the writer but from the RFP. [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Grants · Nonprofits · Programs

The Unsolvable Standardized Data Problem and the Needs Assessment Monster

December 30th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Needs assessments tend to come in two flavors: one basically instructs the applicant to “Describe the target area and its needs,” and the applicant chooses whatever data it can come up with. For most applicants that’ll be some combination of Census data, local Consolidated Plan, data gathered by the applicant in the course of providing [...]

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