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Jake Selinger

This very helpful blog is by Jake Seliger, a veteran of the grant writing scene. Keep up and improve your gran [Read More]

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How Computers Have Made Grant Writing Worse
In most ways computers have made our lives better. In some, however, they’ve made our lives worse.* In grant writing, computers have enabled a level of neurotic, anxious behavior that was simply impractical before frictionless communications. S...
Grant Writing Confidential
Monday, August 03, 2015

More on Using the Critical Path Method (CPM) in Grant Writing
This post expands on an issue raised in “No Calls, No Bother: ‘Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule’ and the Grant Writer's Work.” Specifically, the critical path method (CPM), which is a jargon-sounding acronym that actually ...
Grant Writing Confidential
Sunday, July 26, 2015

More on Developing Federal Grant Budgets: Stay in the Proposal World, Not the Operations World
This is an update to our popular post “Seliger's Quick Guide to Developing Federal Grant Budgets.” While that post provides a step-by-step description of how to develop a federal grant proposal budget, it assumes that the budget preparer ...
Grant Writing Confidential
Sunday, July 19, 2015

Be "Experienced" and "Innovative" at the Same Time
Certain buzzwords and buzz-ideas take over the grant world (and the larger world) at various times. “Innovation” is one concept everyone loves. According to Google’s Ngram viewer, “innovation” has appeared to triple in p...
Grant Writing Confidential
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Links: Sex Offender Registries, Why We Can't Read Anymore, New, Dumber War on Sex Workers to Replace Dumb War on Drugs, Why Tech Will Never Fix Education, and More!
* “Teenager's Jailing Brings a Call to Fix Sex Offender Registries,” a point that seems completely obvious to anyone paying attention. We wrote about a similar issue in footnote to this post. Those of you who are writing Healthy Marriage ...
Grant Writing Confidential
Monday, July 06, 2015

Sean Parker Writes about the New Group of Billionaire Hacker Philanthropists and Forms The Parker Foundation with $600M
Sean Parker of Napster and Facebook fame is a very smart guy, and he recently wrote “Philanthropy for Hackers;” the essay posits that newly minted tech billionaire are “hackers,” like himself, Mark Zuckerberg, and the Google g...
Grant Writing Confidential
Sunday, June 28, 2015

Use Microsoft Word (Until Further Notice)
You should use Microsoft Word to write your proposals. There are many other fine word processors out there—I’m personally fond of Scrivener for some tasks—and online tools like Google Docs are becoming more popular. But in the grant world every...
Grant Writing Confidential
Sunday, June 21, 2015

In Grant Writing, Longer is Not Necessarily Better
If you’re buying apples, more apples are (usually) better. A faster processor in your iMac is (usually) better. Same for a higher capacity hard drive. But longer is not necessarily better with, say, books. Few readers think, “Gee, this 1,...
Grant Writing Confidential
Sunday, June 14, 2015

Seliger + Associates Enters Grant Writing Oral History (Or Something Like That)
Seliger + Associates has been toiling away in the grant writing salt mines for over decades. Last week we got hired to review and edit a new client’s draft proposal for a federal program we’ve been writing for years.* They emailed their d...
Grant Writing Confidential
Monday, June 01, 2015

Good Needs Assessments Tell Stories: Data is Cheap and Everyone Has It
If you only include data in your needs assessment, you don’t stand out from dozens or hundreds of other needs assessments funders read for any give RFP competition. Good needs assessments tell stories: Data is cheap and everyone has it, and alm...
Grant Writing Confidential
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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