our grant proposal denied--and advised

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Mon, 29 Dec 1997 00:34:05 -0800 (PST)


Fund for Self-Reliance denied funding for HPN's grant proposal, I learned
in a letter yesterday.  We can reapply for their June 98 grant cycle.

In the meantime, we are invited to contact their director "to assess
organizational progress in developing management systems, structures and a
strategy plan".  In short, mainly because the proposal lacked detail on our
plans and governance process, we were denied funds.

When HPN folks met with Fund folks to review the proposal, they also noted
that we lacked a plan for hooking up homeless people in Massachusetts to
the Internet.  I think all of their grants in the past have gone to groups
focused on communities in Massachusetts.  Nor do I think they had
considered a discussion group proposal before.

In Boston, I've spent a decade insisting on a "policy voice" for homeless
people that is independent of providers and advocates.  That view is a
challange to some, and thus not necessarily popular with funders.

Details and musings later, but first I thought I'd get out this short notice.

We'll find ways to survive and thrive!  Meanwhile, write on!--Tom