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Avoiding Procrastination - Bookmark for Later!

16,400,000! That is the number of results one gets when the term “procrastination” is entered in a Google search. Most of us procrastinate in one way or another. Advice on how to avoid it ranges from deep Freudian analysis on why we put things off to flip “just do it” quips from the drill sergeant types. In this post, we are going to concentrate on one specific reason for procrastination that might resonate with our readers – frustration.

So Your Grant Application Is Due in 45 Days...

discussion_bubble_blog_041112.jpgEvery day, grant funding alerts arrive in our email inboxes. Knowing the task- and deadline-driven work we will have to take on, these emails are likely the last ones opened. Yes, we’ve already started the procrastination journey by not even reading the possible work ahead. Thankfully, a few of the major federal grant funding opportunities have more days between the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and the actual due date. However, many of the smaller grant competitions provide an application window of 30-45 days. This blog post will tap the wisdom of a veteran grant writers who share their advice on how to properly prepare.

Grant Preparedness for Winning a Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program Grant

Yes, it’s that time again: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the DFC Support Program. Do you understand the purpose of this grant program? Is your organization an eligible grant applicant? Have you started preparing for the submission requirements? Have you read and re-read the writing requirements in the grant application guidelines? Do you have a strategy in place to apply for this year’s funding or will you have to wait until the next grant funding cycle? 

Plotting Your 2016 Grants Calendar

Every grant writer has their own process for keeping track of what grant applications are due, funders that they have made contact with, and next steps. There is no right or wrong way to create a grants calendar. In this blog post, I’ll simply give you some research links to review and offer a sentence or two about why I think the information will help you decide how you want to plot your 2016 grants calendar.

Evaluation Measures 101: Outcomes vs. Outputs

In my early years of writing competitive grant applications, I always wrote the outcomes. When the logic model (reference link below) was created by United Way of America for its member affiliates, a new measurement emerged: outputs. At first, the difference between outcomes and outputs seemed as clear as mud for me. However, I finally developed an understanding of how they differ, and the logic model certainly made it much easier to separate the two measurements. Let's look at the difference between these measurements.

Applying for the Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program (Project Safe Neighborhoods)

This article is to help your department/organization with grant application planning for the Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program, also known as Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). The next solicitation is not yet on the Department of Justice (DoJ) – Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) website; however, it is never too early to start preparing for this highly competitive grant application. Click here for the previous NOFA to assist you with early planning and research.

Logic Models for Program Planning and Evaluation (GPA Event in Tucson)

Mark your calendars for the Southern Arizona GPA Chapter's Annual Meeting on Thursday, December 3, 12:00 - 3:30 p.m., when Beverly Browning ("Dr. Bev") will present on the topic of "Logic Models for Program Planning and Evaluation." Dr. Bev has assisted clients and workshop participants throughout the United States in receiving awards of more than $400 million. As the author of 41 grant-related publications, including Grant Writing for Dummies, she is also a GPA-approved trainer. Dr. Bev is Vice President of Grant Writing Services at eCivis and Director of the Grant Writing Training Foundation.

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