Mark Whitacre

Mark Whitacre, GPC, owner of Goldstone Grants (, is a grants consultant with more than 20 years in the grant industry. He has developed proposals that have secured more than $27 million in funding from federal, state, local, and private organizations. He posts regular blog articles on grant development topics.

Recent Posts

The Downside of the DATA Act: Increased Burden

Posted by Mark Whitacre on Mar 3, 2014 8:52:00 AM

The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, or DATA Act, seems to be popular. It passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 388-1 on November 18, 2013, and the Senate counterpart was forwarded to the full U.S. Senate by the Senate’s Committee on Homeland Security. Advocates of the legislation claim three outcomes from the Act: better transparency, more effective federal management, and automated compliance.

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Topics: DATA Act

Grant Rejection Review: Progress Session, not Post-mortem

Posted by Mark Whitacre on Feb 19, 2013 2:00:00 AM

How an organization responds after being rejected for a grant award speaks to its character. The organization can:

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Topics: Grant Seeking, Grant Writing

The Lame Duck Congress and the Fiscal Cliff

Posted by Mark Whitacre on Nov 13, 2012 4:00:00 AM

If one were to look up the definition of “lame duck,” the entry should read: A two-headed, three-legged, and four-winged blind bird. What this means is that the duck may fly, but it will look ugly, it won’t know where it is going, and somehow it will find its way.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Local Government, Budgets

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