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More on Using the Critical Path Method (CPM) in Grant Writing

July 26th, 2015 · 1 Comment

This post expands on an issue raised in “No Calls, No Bother: ‘Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule’ and the Grant Writer’s Work.” Specifically, the critical path method (CPM), which is a jargon-sounding acronym that actually conveys useful information. CPM has been around for decades and is commonly used in construction, software development, and manufacturing. CPM can [...]

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Tags: Advice · Grants · Technical · Writing

Be “Experienced” and “Innovative” at the Same Time

July 15th, 2015 · No Comments

Certain buzzwords and buzz-ideas take over the grant world (and the larger world) at various times. “Innovation” is one concept everyone loves. According to Google’s Ngram viewer, “innovation” has appeared to triple in popularity over the last two centuries. Way back in 2010 we wrote “Change for Change’s Sake in Grant Proposals: When in Doubt, [...]

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Tags: Grants · Writing

Use Microsoft Word (Until Further Notice)

June 21st, 2015 · 1 Comment

You should use Microsoft Word to write your proposals. There are many other fine word processors out there—I’m personally fond of Scrivener for some tasks—and online tools like Google Docs are becoming more popular. But in the grant world everyone—especially funders—have standardized on Word and remain using Word, because of path dependence. The last couple [...]

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Tags: Advice · Clients · Grants · 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

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

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

One Way You Know a Grant Maximum is Too Low: HRSA and “‘Now is the Time’ Project AWARE-Community”

March 6th, 2015 · No Comments

In 2014 HRSA released a program melodiously called “‘Now is the Time’ Project AWARE-Community,” and the program had almost 100 awards available for an eight-figure pot of money—but the individual maximum grant was only $50,000. Last week, HRSA released the same RFP, but with different funding parameters: 70 awards are available with a maximum grant [...]

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Tags: Grants · Programs

When All Else Fails, Use Common Sense In Writing Proposals and Developing Budgets

February 15th, 2015 · No Comments

As we’ve written before, it’s important to carefully follow RFP directions when writing any proposal. Still, many RFPs are poorly written, repetitive, and often contradictory. If one finds a significant issue in the RFP, the only recourse is to contact the Program Officer listed in the RFP and ask for clarification in writing. If you [...]

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Tags: Budgets · Clients · Grants

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 · 3 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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