Dave Moss, with a voice for radio and a keen mind towards improving the funding process, has just launched the Unfunded List, his latest effort to improve the grant proposal process.
Anyone who has worked in the grant proposal process knows that applications can be a sort of blind Rubik’s Cube of planning, writing, guestimating and hoping for the best without a clear system of feedback or clarification once the proposal has been submitted. Grant applicants devote countless hours of their time to applications that get sent down the pike with two main results; acceptance or denial, with denial being delivered quietly and without an opportunity for clarification or explanation.
Is the project simply outside the donors area of interest? What sort of numbers were the funders looking for? What aspects of the application can be improved for next time? All crucial questions that never find answers once donors and grant providers, often inundated with applications to cull through, focus their efforts on bring their chosen winners to fruition.
Dave Moss identified this weakness of the typical application process and pulled from all aspects of his history in the funding world to find a solution, the Unfunded List.