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President Obama Announces That “Now is the Time to Stop Gun Violence.” But Looking Closely Shows That it is Time for School Districts, Police Departments, and Nonprofits to Start Writing Grants

January 16th, 2013 · 1 Comment

In response to the recent Sandy Hook massacre, the Obama Administration has launched a marketing and legislative campaign called “Now is the time—to do something about gun violence” (if the website doesn’t load quickly or properly, download the .pdf from us), but the most interesting parts of the plan for nonprofit and public agencies are [...]

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Tags: Government · Grants · Media · Stimulus

Cliff Diving: Sequestration and A New Year’s Resolution for Nonprofits and Local Public Agencies Worried About the Fiscal Cliff and Grants

December 31st, 2012 · 2 Comments

EDIT: It looks like we’re not going over the supposed cliff. But much of the analysis below will remain relevant in the coming years, as political fights about debt, spending, and taxation continue. EDIT 2: The analysis below has been augmented with “Sequestration Still Looms Over the Grant World: Two Months and Counting.” I find [...]

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Tags: Advice · Budgets · Government · Nonprofits · Stimulus

Why Did the City of Los Angeles Really Lose Out on Stimulus Money?

February 28th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I find it grimly hilarious, in a Catch-22 way, the City of Los Angeles’ City Controller, Wendy Greuel, realized that a “lack of oversight” cost the City an estimated $125,000,000 in stimulus money because the City failed to pursue all the funding it was eligible to receive. This isn’t a surprise to Seliger + Associates, [...]

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Tags: Government · Grants · Stimulus

A WSJ Article Illustrates the Program Officer Problem

March 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

I just posted “Where Have All the RFPs Gone?,” in which I speculated that the lateness of federal RFPs this fiscal year is probably due to the fact that overworked program officers are still chewing through last year’s proposals. Imagine my surprise when I read “Staffing Woes Hinder Job-Boosting Program” by Michael Aneiro in this [...]

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Tags: Government · Grants · Stimulus

Where Have All the RFPs Gone?

February 28th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Subscribers to our Free Grant Alerts will probably have noticed relatively few large federal RFPs so far in this fiscal year, which began October 1. To paraphrase Peter, Paul & Mary, Where Have All The RFPs Gone?. I assume this dearth is because federal program officers are still churning through the tidal wave of Stimulus [...]

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Health Care Reform Means Green Grass & High Tides for Grant Writers

November 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments

One of the great ’70s arena anthem songs was the Outlaws’ Green Grass & High Tides, or as it was often misheard, “Green Grass & High Times Forever.” It seems that whichever health care reform bill staggers across the Congressional finish line will make it Green Grass & High Tides for grant writers, since all [...]

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Tags: Government · Grants · Stimulus

Same As It Ever Was: Investing in Innovation Fund (i3), Student Support Services (SSS), TRIO, and More to Come

November 8th, 2009 · 2 Comments

(EDIT: Note that the i3 RFP discussed below has finally been released, as discussed at the link.) As grant writers, we usually don’t pay much attention to new grant programs as they move through the regulation writing process, since we are focused on writing proposals, not the policy minutia of federal regs. A caller last [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Grants · Stimulus

I Was Right: Seliger + Associates Writes a $2.5 Million Funded Department of Energy (DOE) Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) Proposal

November 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

A $2.5 million Department of Energy Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) proposal we wrote for an electric utility company was funded last week. While we write lots of funded proposals, this one was especially gratifying. Faithful readers will remember that last April I wrote No Experience, No Problem: Why Writing a Department of Energy (DOE) [...]

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Tags: Clients · Grants · Stimulus · Stories

There’s Something Happening Here, But You Don’t Know What It Is, Do You Mr. Jones?*

October 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I felt like I was living Dylan’s Ballad of a Thin Man as I read the following news stories this week: Thousands mob Detroit center in hopes of free cash. The City of Detroit has a $15 million Stimulus Bill grant to “prevent homelessness” and cluelessly announced that people could come to the Downtown Coho [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Grants · Links · Stimulus

On the Subject of Crystal Balls and Magic Beans in Writing FIP, SGIG, BTOP and Other Fun-Filled Proposals

July 12th, 2009 · No Comments

I’ve noticed a not-too-subtle change in RFPs lately—largely, I think, due to the Stimulus Bill—that requires us to drag out our trusty Crystal Ball, which is an essential tool of grant writing. Like Bullwinkle J. Moose, we gaze into our Crystal Ball and say,”Eenie meenie chili beanie, the spirits are about to speak,” as we [...]

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