Six Proposal Killers

By Ron Flavin
Six Proposal Killers


If you've ever wondered about the best way to receive grant funding for your next idea or venture, I've got some good news and bad news is that there are plenty of things you can do to bury your proposals in the stak labeled "rejected.." The good news is that each one of those errors and mistakes is completely avoidable. Although every grant opportunity is different, I complied this list of what I believe to be the 6 most common routes that grant proposals take to the wastebasket. This list is the product of my decades long career both reviewing grant proposals on behalf of governments and private organizations, as well as helping people craft their own. These tips are easy and actionable, do read up and start writing better grants right now. This article was written by Ron Flavin, who has won more than $400 million in grants for his clients. To read, page through at top 1/8.  

Ute Mountain Native National Partnership Retreat

Program Description and Graphical Recordings

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Native National Retreat


In April 2015, USGG conducted a 4 day Native National Partnership Retreat for Youth Development and Rural Development to benefit the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe (UMUT). This event was attended by a total of 80 participants: 20 leaders from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, 20 National Partner organizations, and 40 federal agencies. As a result of its success the UMUT, USGG and its consulting team (Reiner Lomb, author of the Boomerang Approach and Karina Branson, President of ConverSketch, LLC) were invited to Washington DC July 7-8, 2015 to present the process and outcomes to the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a promising best practice for its Tiwahe Initiative. Click here for program.

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Graphical Recordings


During the 4 day Ute Mountain Native National Partnership Retreat, Karina Branson, of ConverSketch, LLC provided graphical facilitation to document the partner conversations; strengths, needs and passions; outcomes and solutions. This was the first time the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and USGG utilized the services of a graphical facilitator and it was a huge success. Chairman Heart said "our peole are visual people, and many of them prefer pictures over words. These pictures are exactly what we need to take back a message of hope to our membership to explain the plans  we created." Click here for more graphical recordings

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