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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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Don’t Trust What You Read in Personnel Development To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities

February 9th, 2014 · No Comments

This week’s e-mail grant newsletter includes an RFP called “Personnel Development To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities–Personnel Preparation in Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services.” Click the link and you’ll notice that there are nine grants available and $250,000 in “Estimated Total Program Funding;” those of us who can do simple [...]

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Don’t Trust Grants.Gov, Which Makes a $200,000,000 Mistake: An Example from the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program

November 3rd, 2013 · 2 Comments

I’m preparing our weekly e-mail grant newsletter and see the Affordable Care Act – Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program, which, according to, has $20,250,000 available. Twenty million: that’s not bad but isn’t spectacular either. Good enough to include in the newsletter, especially since it appears that community health centers (CHCs) and [...]

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Build an App for the Animals, but First the Feds should get to Work as well as Amazon

September 19th, 2013 · No Comments has undergone another re-design that, like its previous re-designs, makes it slightly more functional and slightly less functional. It’s more functional in the sense that new grant opportunities are conveniently listed on the front page. It’s less functional for two reasons: getting a firm, permanent URL is difficult, and the new design breaks every [...]

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Tags: Government · Dies Again: The Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) Competition Eschews the Feds’s Main Grant Portal

September 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

Last year, Isaac noted this about the vaunted Race to the Top-District competition: Perhaps the strangest aspect of this oddball RFP process were the submission requirements. For reasons obscured by the fog of government ineptitude, the Department of Education chose not to use its G5 system, which recently replaced their “eGrants” digital submission portal, or [...]

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Tags: Advice · Education · Government · Grants · · Programs · Technical

Always Finish Early: You Never Really Know What’s Going To Happen With a Proposal Deadline

February 17th, 2013 · 3 Comments

We always tell our clients the same thing: the real deadline for any Federal proposal is 48 hours before the stated deadline. The is true for online and hard copy submissions. Most federal proposals these days are submitted through what has become our old friend, takes 48 hours to spit out confirmation e-mails [...]

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$700,000,000 in the Affordable Care Act Capital Development Fund: Building Capacity and Immediate Facility Improvements Programs — See, I Told You The Feds Weren’t Broke

September 11th, 2011 · 1 Comment

HRSA just issued two Funding Opportunity Announcements (“FOAs”) for the Affordable Care Act Capital Development: Building Capacity Grant Program and the Affordable Care Act Capital Development: Immediate Facility Improvements Program”. The first program has $600,000,000 available and the second has $100,000,000. These are significant grant opportunities for existing Section 330 grantees, which include Community Health [...]

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I’ve Got Those End of the Year,, Don’t Work So Good Subterranean Homesick Blues Again

December 27th, 2010 · 3 Comments

As 2010 proposals slide into the archives, I find myself reflecting on the inadequacy of and other federal electronic grant submission portals. After about seven years of electronic submissions, why is the federal government so incredibly incompetent at this? After all, can take hundreds of thousands of orders a day and Apple can [...]

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Google Faster than Grants.Gov — Finding the Capital Fund Education and Training Community Facilities Program and the FY 2011 Recovery Implementation Fund

October 24th, 2010 · 4 Comments

While researching this week’s e-mail Grant Alert newsletter, I needed to find out more about the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) FY 2011 Recovery Implementation Fund. I searched for it on, which kept hanging instead of returning information. But there’s a way around this: you can restrict Google searches to a single domain. If [...]

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Late August Links: Unintended Consequences, Multitasking, Government, Stimulus Madness, and More

August 30th, 2009 · No Comments

* Isaac predicted that YouthBuild will run a new competition rather than use earlier grants; it looks like other parts of the federal government have done the same in response to the Stimulus Bill, with the Teacher Quality Partnership Grants Program Recovery Act (ARRA) coming for another round of action. * Speaking of schools, Steven [...]

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