Seliger’s Quick Guide to Writing Modern HIV Prevention and Education Grant Proposals
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by Jake Seliger
3w ago
Astute healthcare-related nonprofit and public agency managers who follow grant opportunities have probably noticed how many of those grant opportunities use specific, somewhat coded language to express whatever it is that they want (read a lot, and you’ll start to see patterns in RFP verbiage). We’ve written many modern HIV prevention and education grant-funded programs, and, consequently, we’ve gotten very good at designing how those programs should be pitched to funders—the most common being the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Still, HRSA Notices of Funding Opportunity ..read more
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Curious instructions in the DOL’s “Nursing Expansion Grant Program” FOA
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by Jake Seliger
2M ago
The Department of Labor’s (DOL) “Nursing Expansion Grant Program” funding Opportunity Announcement (or “FOA,” which is DOL-speak for “RFP”) has a peculiar instruction, which we, as grant writers, noticed right away: “NOTE: Full points will not be given for simply repeating the requirements stated below or elsewhere in the Announcement.” This is a humorous instruction because many FOAs tell applicants what to do, and the applicant’s main duty is to tell the funder that the applicant will in fact do whatever it is that the funder wants the applicant to do, and which the funder has specified alre ..read more
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Depressing NAEP math and reading assessments provide grant-writing opportunities for nimble nonprofits
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by Isaac Seliger
3M ago
Despite the media’s fascination with irrelevancies like the Kardashians and moment-by-moment interpersonal political drama, many outlets at least partially covered the disastrous recent National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Report on the 2022 4th and 8th Grade Math and Reading Assessments.* The Report says: Between January and March 2022, the NAEP mathematics and reading assessments were administered to representative samples of United States fourth- and eighth-grade students. [. . . ] Student academic achievement during the COVID-19 pandemic is compared to pre-pandemic performance ..read more
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Links: Peculiar training and capacity-building programs, the dangers of NEPA, manufacturing jobs strike back, and more!
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by Jake Seliger
3M ago
* There is a real federal program called “eSports and Game Development Skills Training and Capacity Building,” run through the Department of State’s (DoS) U.S. Mission to Saudi Arabia, and the program “requests proposals for projects aimed at increasing the knowledge, skills, abilities, and networks of Saudi youth in game development and STEAM fields.” There is only $45,000 available, however. I also spotted an RFP for “Strengthening Worker Engagement, Empowerment, and Trust in the Dominican Sugar Sector.” I’d not realized that the Dominican sugar sector is a priority for the DOL. * “The Case ..read more
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What counts as an eligible service area for SAMHSA’s “Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma” (ReCAST) program?
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by Jake Seliger
4M ago
Long ago, we wrote about what grant writers and applicants should do when confronted by a poorly organized RFP; because little external pressure pushes federal agencies to write RFPs that make sense, one finds too many RFPs that leave a lot of questions. SAMHSA’s “Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma” (ReCAST) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is a case in point: eligible applicants are those “communities that have recently faced civil unrest, community violence, and/or collective trauma within the past 24 months.” Okay: the NOFO will surely get more specific, right? But the Re ..read more
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Denver and Barcelona: A tale of two cities and the apparent decline of America’s downtowns
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by Isaac Seliger
4M ago
I’m writing this post at 39K feet over the Atlantic on my way home from eight days in Barcelona; Barcelona contrasts sharply with most American cities. For example, about one year ago I spent five days in downtown Denver, and, for one who’s worked on redevelopment and urban development in a variety of capacities for decades, the differences between Barcelona and Denver (or many cities like Denver) is depressing. The Barcelona city centre—as downtowns are called across the Pond—is alive and vibrant, while downtown Denver feels like it’s dying. Among other factors, many American cities are stuck ..read more
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Permitting is the big barrier to wind energy right now (beyond batteries and fundamental research)
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by Jake Seliger
5M ago
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) wrote and posted the 2022 Offshore Wind Market Report,* which contains an astounding table that in turn points to the way permitting—not research and development or manufacturing—is the big barrier to wind energy right now; although many of us assume that better batteries, and more fundamental research, are the main constraints for large-scale wind power deployment, it would appear that, no, permitting is actually the biggest barrier, which is blocking at least 442 times as much wind power as is presentl ..read more
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Job training and workforce development funding is sometimes found in strange places
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by Jake Seliger
5M ago
We keep an eye on as many parts of the federal grant-making system as we can,* which sometimes reveals peculiarities—the latest being from the Department of Energy (DOE), in its “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: Advancing Equity through Workforce Partnerships” Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Normally, one would expect job training and workforce development funding to be run through the Department of Labor (DOL), which says that its purpose is “To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States [. . . and] advance opportunities ..read more
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Congress passes gun reform bill: News for nimble nonprofits and public agencies
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by Isaac Seliger
6M ago
Our usually dyspeptic Congress recently passed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act AKA Gun Reform Bill, which has funding for new discretionary grant programs in it. Since the advent of COVID in 2020, Congress has passed a series of trillion dollar-plus spending bills containing many grant opportunities for nonprofits, public agencies, and businesses involved in stuff like electric vehicle batteries, geothermal energy, solar panel research and construction, and much more. We know, as S + A has been at, near, or over full capacity for most of the past 2.5 years; we thought this flood would slo ..read more
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Grant writing links: The need to build in America, fixing the grant-funding process in science, sexual activity, and more!
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by Jake Seliger
6M ago
* “Your methods are unorthodox.” We agree. * “Why America can’t build.” This is consistent with our recent piece on how “‘Homelessness is a Housing Problem’: When cities build more housing, homelessness goes down.” Some problems can’t be solved with money alone: money has to be combined with real-world changes. Increasing the number of dollars chasing a scarce good merely increases the price of that good. * “Granting funding is broken“—something we all know—and this writer has an extremely impractical, non-scaleable way to fix it. But we encourage experimentation; the challenge is that most gr ..read more
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