The Grant News Grab Bag covers multiple topics that concern funding trends affecting local governments and nonprofit organizations, among other organizations; it also offers a bit of grant writing assistance (PFA sources below!). All this is distilled into a digestible (or so I hope) "week in review"-like blog post:
$2 billion in Research for Cleaner Fuels
Last Friday, President Obama called on Congress to authorize $200 million a year for ten years for federally funded research into clean energy technologies such as biofuels, batteries for electric cars, and improved use of natural gas as a fuel for automobiles. The White House says the funding would come from federal oil and gas leases on offshore drilling and would not be a new tax.
Local Government Advocacy Groups Call for Revision of SKILLS Act
Last week the U.S. Conference of Mayors joined other local government advocacy organizations to send a joint letter to Congress opposing provisions in H.R. 803, the Supporting Knowledge & Investing in Lifelong Skills Act (SKILLS Act, a re-authorization of the Workforce Investment Act). The USCM and others stated that the act would shift power to the state level and undermine local stakeholders’ roles in the “administration of workforce development activities and [would] reduce access to education and training for our nation’s most vulnerable workers,” including youth, older workers, farmworkers, and workers with disabilities. The full letter, delivered to congressional leaders, can be found here.
Senator Rand Paul Introduces Accountability in Grants Act
Sen. Paul of Kentucky introduced the Accountability in Grants Act last week. The act would remove the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency under Section 103 to award money to programs or activities that take place outside the U.S. It would also prevent grant applicants in the United States from subgranting awards to activities or organizations outside the country.
Show Me a Winning Grant Proposal or Two
eCivis Grants Network subscribers have access to hundreds of previously funded applications for review. But for those without access, I've gleaned a couple useful sources, suggested by Dr. Bev Browning, for those looking for a starting point: a sample federal grant proposal and a sample foundation grant proposal.
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