The new Nonprofit Migrant Industrial Complex takes advantage of the US border crisis
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by Isaac Seliger
1w ago
If I hopped into the Time Tunnel to go back 15 years or more, I’d find that Seliger + Associates was writing a fair number of proposals for nonprofits providing services to refugees and immigrants—the term migrants was not yet in vogue and, depending on the client, we’d still sometimes use illegal alien rather than the softer undocumented person now de rigueur in polite society (to quote an old English writer of some note from Romeo & Juliet, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”). Still, not only have we not written any grants for this target population* in at least 10 year ..read more
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Los Angeles tries to overcome Urban Doom Loop with new Hollywood Boulevard streetscape: this approach almost never works
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by Isaac Seliger
4M ago
The City of Los Angeles recently announced plans to “renovate” the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the world-famous 1.3-mile section of Hollywood Boulevard centered on the Chinese Theater. Pretty much every tourist who first visits Los Angeles walks along Hollywood Boulevard trying to figure out who Charles Bickford was (hint: great character actor with two stars, one for movies and one for TV, but largely forgotten except for folks like me who love classic films and Turner Classic Movies). And all stop in the Chinese Theater Courtyard to measure their shoes against John Wayne’s boot prints (surp ..read more
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Don’t Believe Everything You See On TV or Government Websites: The FY ’24 HRSA NAP NOFO Shows Why Forecasted RFPs Aren’t A Sure Thing
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by Liz Rego
4M ago
Note: this is the first post written by our new Associate, Liz Rego (erego@seliger.com). Some federal agencies, like the Department of Education and the Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA), but not all, publish forecasts of when certain funding opportunities will be issued, usually before the start of the federal fiscal year on October 1. Case in point: Last July 3, HRSA published a forecast on grants.gov that the FY 2024 New Access Points (NAP) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO, which is HRSA-speak for RFP), would be published on December 12 with a February 2024 deadlin ..read more
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2023 Grant Writing Post-Mortem: The Rise of DEIA and Department of Energy Community Benefit Plans
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by Isaac Seliger
5M ago
As 2023 has stumbled to a close, a grant writing post-mortem is in order. Having written grant proposals since dinosaurs walked the earth (mid-70s, but close enough), the process remains relatively the same, except now we use computers instead of a legal pad* and the Internet instead of endless trips to the library. So, like the Talking Heads song Once in a Lifetime, it’s the “same as it ever was.” This is because very little has changed in how human services are delivered, how capital projects get built, etc.—outreach and case planning are still conducted in the same ways and site control and ..read more
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Good news for FQHCs and Look-Alikes: HRSA will issue the first New Access Points (NAP) NOFO in years on Dec. 12!
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by Isaac Seliger
8M ago
It’s been 2016 since the Health Resources and Services Administration issued a New Access Points (NAP) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). That’s a long dry spell for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and their Look-Alike brethren, but fear not, the FY ’24 New Access Points will be published on December 12.* There will be $150M up for grabs, with 230 $650K/year grants for five years to be made and the deadline will be February 12. I have no idea why HRSA has not issued any NAP NOFOs for years, but, if your organization is an FQCH, LookAlike, or want to become an FQHC, I’d get o ..read more
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Urban doom loops mean that a new “Grant Wave” is forming
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by Isaac Seliger
10M ago
Many nonprofit and local government executives think that federal and foundation grant funding priorities are relatively static, but they’re not—we’ve written about grant waves before, and a massive new grant wave is forming just over the horizon. Unlike sudden funding shifts due to unanticipated disasters such as COVID, or a major hurricane like Katrina, grant waves develop over time as the legislative and executive branches react to emerging challenges. The new and building grant wave is one I’ll call the “Urban Doom Loom Grant Wave.” The media is filled with Urban Doom Loop stories like “Th ..read more
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Links: Peculiar HUD programs, hydrogen energy, breakthrough therapies, and more!
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by Jake Seliger
11M ago
* I spotted an interesting HUD program that covers a topic I’ve never or rarely seen the feds touch: “Increasing the Supply of Affordable Housing through Off-Site Construction and Pro-Housing Reforms Research Grant Program Pre and Full Application.” Four million dollars are available, with grants of $500,000 and five estimated awards. (Five times $500,000 is $2.5 million, not $4 million: feel free to ask HUD about the discrepancy). Still, the “Increasing the Supply of Affordable Housing” offers funding for research to “build the evidence base to accelerate the adoption of effective practices a ..read more
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Bad nonprofits: An unfortunate reality of charitable giving in America
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by Isaac Seliger
11M ago
I recently saw an article about “The WORST charities in America? These are the organizations giving over 90 PERCENT of donations to their fatcat executives – while ignoring their causes.” Anyone who’s worked with nonprofit organizations over time knows that, while most are reasonably honest and at least try to perform needed services, some aren’t. Since 1993, we’re written grants for somewhere between 600 and 1,000 nonprofits across America. When a prospective nonprofit client calls for a fee quote, I can usually tell within a couple of minutes if the caller is a true believer (about 10%) or a ..read more
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Writers for the HUD “Community Development Block Grant Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages” (ICDBG) program
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by Jake Seliger
11M ago
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the “Community Development Block Grant Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages” (ICDBG) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) on June 22, and the program is interesting to grant writers who work with Indian Tribes and/or Alaskan Native Villages in part because of how much money is available: $75 million for 80 grants of up to five million each. That’s enough to fund a substantial eligible project, including affordable housing. Like its cousin, the basic “Community Development Block Grant Program” (CDBG), ICDBG grants c ..read more
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How grant writers can use HRSA’s Uniform Data System (UDS) Mapper system: a post in honor of Service Area Competition (SAC) season
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by Jake Seliger
11M ago
HRSA’s Uniform Data System (UDS) Mapper is powerful but also incredibly hard to use, and I suspect most people get stymied by its clunky user interface—and give up. The difficulty of using the UDS Mapper inspires me to write a guide describing how we tend to use it. “Giving up” is a legitimate reaction to software with a poor user experience and user interface, but giving up won’t help a HRSA needs assessment get done, and it won’t move your organization closer to being funded. Healthcare organizations like Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in particular need to use the UDS Mapper. Ho ..read more
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