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The Curse of Knowledge in the Proposal World

January 19th, 2015 · No Comments

Being too knowledgeable can actually hurt your proposal. At first glance that seems wrong: Isn’t knowing more better than knowing less? Does anyone want to hire a web developer who says he doesn’t know how databases work? In most situations these questions have obvious answers, but in writing knowing too much can be a hindrance [...]

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Tags: Advice · Grants · Writing

Trying to Give Away Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) or Early Head Start (EHS)

January 11th, 2015 · No Comments

We worked on a bunch of New York City Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) and federal Early Head Start (EHS) proposals last year, so we read with interest Katie Taylor’s NYT story “In First Year of Pre-K Expansion, a Rush to Beat the School Bell.” New York is apparently having a tough time giving away valuable free [...]

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Tags: Advice · Education · Grants · Media

Don’t Piss Off Local Gatekeepers Who Stand Between You and Federal Grants

January 5th, 2015 · No Comments

While most federal grant proposals are submitted directly to the federal agency funding source, some require the blessing of a local gatekeeper. It pays to play nice with such gatekeepers. We’ve seen a number of local gatekeepers evolve over the years: Continuum of Care (CoC): As we’ve written before, CoCs are the gatekeepers to most [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Grants

The Department of Education’s Student Support Services (SSS) is Here, and We’ve Already Written the Post

December 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

A month ago we published “Department of Education Grants Are All About Going to College and Completing A Four-Year Degree,” and last week the Department of Education obliged by publishing the Student Support Services (SSS) RFP. This is one of the TRIO programs, which we’ve also written about before. These programs are explicitly about getting [...]

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Tags: Education · Grants · Programs

The Department of Labor’s “American Apprenticeship Initiative” (AAI) Shows Some Forward Thinking by the Feds

December 16th, 2014 · 1 Comment

We’re interested in the Department of Labor’s “American Apprenticeship Initiative” (AAI) because it uses a word that rarely appears in the education media, federal grants, or foundation priorities: “apprenticeship.” Apprenticeship has the ring of an out-of-circulation word, like “aesthete” or “monocle.”* Apprenticeships were common until the 20th Century, when either formal education or industrial blue-collar [...]

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Tags: Education · Foundations · Government · Grants

Cultural Sensitivity, Cultural Insensitivity, and the “Big Bootie” Problem in Grant Writing

December 1st, 2014 · 2 Comments

This post is going to start in an incredibly boring fashion and then twist: Virtually every human and social service proposal, regardless of the target population, should at least nod to cultural sensitivity and related matters. Many RFPs specifically require applicants to address how project staff will be trained in cultural sensitivity and diversity to [...]

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Tags: Advice · Grants · Writing

Grant Writing Confidential Goes to the Movies 4: Titanic Edition and Sink-the-Ship mistakes

November 24th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Titanic is not actually one of my favorite movies, but I’m going to use it to illustrate a critical aspect of grant writing: you’ve got to know when you’re about to commit a sink the ship mistake. We’ve written about aspects of this before (see here, here, or here), but the issue is worth emphasizing [...]

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Tags: Advice · Grants

Seliger’s Quick Guide to the Concept of “Program Income” in Developing Federal Grant Budgets

November 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Almost all federal budgets require applicants to complete the ever-popular SF-424, which has been the cover page for federal grant applications since the Carter administration. The “SF” stands for “Standard Form,” but at the link you’ll find many variants of this “standard” form (don’t ask why). Regardless of the version, the SF-424 includes sub-forms, including [...]

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Tags: Budgets · Government · Grants

Another (and Exhaustively Named) Insider RFP: CMS Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI), Support and Alignment Network (SAN)

October 26th, 2014 · No Comments

We may be seeing an increase in “insider” RFPs. By “insider” RFPs, we mean RFPs that don’t allow any random nonprofit to compete. HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) program (explained at the link) is an example: a nonprofit already has to be a CoC member to get a Cut of the Cash (which is another [...]

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Tags: Grants · Programs

We’re Not Taking Sides: We’re Describing How Grant Programs, Like Those Related to Domestic Violence, Get Funded

September 30th, 2014 · 2 Comments

In Isaac’s post about the NFL spurring new interest in domestic violence, he points out the likely public response to the issue: more grant money. He’s showing what is likely to happen, and he is tracing the formation of a new grant wave—as we have done before. We want to clarify one point: we aren’t [...]

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Tags: Clients · Foundations · Grants