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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

A Report from the Front: Close Reading This Year’s DOL YouthBuild Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA)

March 24th, 2014 · No Comments

We wrote the very first funded YouthBuild grant for a Southern California client in 1994 and have written funded YouthBuild proposals for virtually every funding round since, which means that we have an unusually nuanced perspective on changes over time.* We’ve noticed two big changes and one minor change in this year’s SGA: market labor [...]

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Tags: Government · Grants · HUD · Programs

FY ’15 YouthBuild SGA Issued by the DOL As Predicted—But With A Twist

February 23rd, 2014 · 2 Comments

Faithful readers will know that we recently predicted that the Department of Labor (DOL) would soon issue the FY ’15 YouthBuild SGA. The SGA was in fact published February 18. I still don’t know why DOL feels like it has to keep upcoming SGAs secret, unless it’s to make sure that their own staffers don’t [...]

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Tags: Government · Grants

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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Why Do the Feds Keep RFP Issuance Dates a Secret? The Upcoming FY ’14 GEAR UP and YouthBuild RFP Illustrate the Obvious

January 26th, 2014 · 1 Comment

An oddity of the Federal grant making process is that projected RFP issuance dates are usually kept secret.* Two cases in point illustrate how this works: the FY ’14 Department of Education GEAR-UP and Department of Labor YouthBuild competitions. Last week, former clients contacted us about both programs. Both clients are well-connected with the respective [...]

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Tags: Government · Grants · Housing · RFPs

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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