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My blog is where I post notes about what I’m up to as well as information and advice about grant writing. My recent posts are listed below, or look through my archives by category.

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Challenges continue for agencies as they create grant proposals

Posted on May 14, 2019 under General, What I'm Up To

Competition for grant funding continues to be pretty fierce and funders continue to ask agencies to help themselves be more competitive by: 1. Being SPECIFIC about what you want them to pay for – give them a real feel for the number of people you’ll be helping with their money and how many hours of […]


Kind words about my work …

Posted on under Kind Words

“You made all the difference in helping us get through a very difficult time!” May 13, 2019 – One of my long-time clients. “I really didn’t want to attend yet another boring grant writing workshop, but you’ve totally changed my world! You made this apparently boring topic interesting AND you showed us that it doesn’t […]


Always follow the funder’s directions!

Posted on under Grant Writing Tips

It’s SO important to put yourself in the funder’s place. If it were your money, what information would you want to receive to convince you to give it to a specific group? Give funders a story they can care about so they want to fund you. Follow their directions to the letter and be specific, […]


Upcoming Training Workshops …

Posted on December 14, 2018 under What I'm Up To

My next NUTS & BOLTS workshop is part of the two-day Grants Boot Camp series; it’ll be scheduled in March 2019 (date to be announced) from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Impact Foundry, 2031 K Street, Sacramento California. You can call them at 916-569-8557 or go to to register. LOOK FOR INFORMATION […]


What I’m doing in 2018 …

Posted on September 9, 2016 under General

Work continues to be exciting and challenging. I’ll be presenting my NUTS & BOLTS training as part of the GRANTS BOOT CAMP again in March 2019 – dates to be announced. This two-day workshop has been extremely popular. You can register through I’ve presented even more workshops than usual over the past 18 months, […]


Miriam is an exceptional presenter … she has a wonderful style of presentation

Posted on September 6, 2016 under General

My next “Nuts and Bolts” workshop is on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. as part of the GRANTS BOOT CAMP. Contact to register or call Mikey Langlois at 916-569-8557. I’ll also be presenting a new four-session GRANTS MASTER SERIES training with my excellent colleague, Suzanne Linebarger, beginning on Monday, […]


It continues to be a privilege and a pleasure to work with such great agencies

Posted on June 25, 2015 under What I'm Up To

The California Asian Chamber of Commerce hired me to present four four-hour workshops between May and July, two in Stockton and two in Fresno. Attendees included representatives from both community-based organizations and small businesses throughout the Central Valley. This is a great opportunity for attendees to explore new partnership opportunities while learning how to make […]


Tips for Grant Proposal Budgets

Posted on December 31, 2010 under Grant Writing Tips

A foundation Program Officer said recently, “Don’t forget that expressed interest does not equal grant making! You still need to do your homework, follow our submission instructions and convince us that you’re worthy of funding.” Most agencies don’t quantify the value their volunteers at a high enough level. Don’t forget the time all your Board […]


I’ll be presenting four Webinars for statewide participants …

Posted on October 1, 2010 under General

Over the next couple of months, I’ll be presenting four Webinars for statewide health clinic members of the California Primary Care Association.


Why do we write grant proposals?

Posted on under General

Just a reminder of why we do all this work that can drive us crazy … it helps us serve those who need our help so desperately.


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