Grantmaker’s formatting requirement: Help or hindrance?

Lisa Cirincione, Senior Resource Development Associate at Joining Vision and Action I recently finished working on a grant proposal that had such a restricted page length that I spent as many hours cutting language as I did writing the narrative in the first place. In my 16 years of writing grant proposals, I have learned [...]

Political Polarization in America

Lisa Cirincione, Senior Resource Development Associate at Joining Vision and Action Lately, I am at a complete loss about how the “other side” can justify the rightness of many of their actions to themselves and other people. For example, I catch myself thinking things like: “How can people actually believe it’s a good thing to [...]

What We Learned from the Skinny Budget

By Lisa Cirincione, Joining Vision and Action President Donald Trump has released his skinny budget, “America First,” which gives us some broad stroke glimpses of where he would like Congress to approve cuts to domestic, discretionary programs in the 2018 fiscal year. At a high level, it will squeeze federal grant programs, which have already [...]

The Latest Glimpse into the Federal Budget

By Lisa Cirincione, Joining Vision and Action More glimpses, but nothing concrete. Despite hopes that President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress on February 28, 2017, would illuminate what to expect from the federal budget, we still have very little clarity. The big, concerning thing that we did hear the president say before his speech is [...]

What about the federal budget?

Lisa Cirincione, Joining Vision and Action Will the federal grant programs that support our organization’s critical safety net projects be included in President Donald Trump’s budget? That’s the multi-trillion dollar question that JVA is very concerned about. As background, the U.S. spent $4 trillion dollars last year, and about $2.5 trillion of that was used [...]

What might happen to Federal grants under a Trump administration?

By Lisa Cirincione, Joining Vision and Action At JVA, we are anxiously speculating about what will happen to critical federal funding in the coming years. While there is no absolute certainty, I am going to try to summarize what we do know. Trump Nominees First, President Donald Trump has nominated people to serve in his [...]

Productivity Hacks (Part 2 of 3)

Collin Lessing, Senior Grantwriter, Joining Vision and Action (JVA) Collin Lessing brings more than a decade of experience in communications and marketing to his role as Senior Grantwriter at Joining Vision and Action. Here are Collin's tips for productivity: These are some tips I learned from the Stephen King book "On Writing" that help my [...]

2017-01-11T13:27:59-06:00January 15th, 2017|Blog, Grantwriting, Unconsultants|0 Comments

Constrained grant writing: the struggle is real.

By: Lisa Cirincione, Senior Resource Development Associate, Joining Vision and Action When I discover that a grant application requires constrained grant writing (i.e has word/character counts), a feeling of dread washes over me. Does that happen to you too? I get this feeling because I know that it’s going to take a lot more time [...]

2019-06-25T13:33:45-06:00October 3rd, 2016|Grantwriting, Unconsultants|0 Comments

CHANGEMAKER: Deb Rice Executive Director of Access AfterSchool

Deb Rice: JVA Executive Director Academy training graduate Deb Rice, Executive Director of AccessAfterSchool chatted with JVA about how our Executive Director Academy helped her become a more effective ED. Access AfterSchool, until recently known as Access Roaring Fork, provides after school and summer programs in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys of Western Colorado.  These programs keep [...]