The words in my brain are bouncing off the walls. It's been a week of constant word tweaking and form filling and question answering and more word tweaking and editing and contemplating to the point of brain frazzled exhaustion. The first stage of grant writing is complete; now it's time to gather the final documents, which might be impossible.
One of the things one has to do for a grant application to be considered is to prove citizenship in the city of Houston. They ask for 24 consecutive months worth of utility bills, or something to prove that one has lived within the city limits for at least two years. The first problem is that I am not that organized to have ready access to such records. I throw things away constantly, and only keep one month's worth of records before I destroy/shred everything. So I called the city of Houston, to see if they would provide me with documents from the past 24 months saying that I have lived at this current address. VERY graciously, a city employee gathered one year's worth past water bills, and a letter certifying that we began water service at this address in 1993, but the utility bills are in Reese's name. All the bills are in Reese's name.
So it's very likely that my grant application might be thrown out on a technicality. I am a citizen of the city of Houston, but can't prove it.