Bipartisan Present: Budget Wards Off Sequestration
It may be one of the least productive congressional sessions in U.S. history, but Congress passed a budget yesterday. Call it a bipartisan present for the holidays, as it staves off sequestration, across-the-board funding cuts that have affected nearly all federal programs, for two years. Read more about the passage, the brinkmanship, and the price some will pay.
Grant Writing 101 Series in February
Planning on grant writing training in the new year? Dr. Beverly Browning (“Dr. Bev”), Vice President of Grants Professional Services, will lead a four-week grant writing course through the month of February (3, 10, 17, 24). In this series, Dr. Bev will cover topics such as finding grant funding opportunities, writing a statement of need, and developing a program budget. Register by January 4, 2014, for $40 off.
Most Walkable Cities in America
How walkable is your city for commuters? This excellent Governing article on walkability in 300 U.S. cities is packed with fascinating data and a discussion with civic innovator and “walking auditor” Dan Burden (whom I interviewed for this blog last year). Read more, and check out the Most Walkable Cities Map.
Advice to Small Businesses Looking for Grants
The U.S. Small Business Administration would like to get something straight: The government does not provide grants to start a business or pay off debts. Here’s some advice from the SBA.
20 Biggest Government Innovations in 2013
From cybersecurity to open data, federal, state, and local governments have stepped up the innovation this year. Consider FEMA’s crowdsourcing for disaster relief through its Disaster Reporter app, the “social media mavericks” like the Department of the Interior and DHHS’s Library of Medicine, and the City of Warwick’s and New York City’s interactive websites that engage citizens. Read more in GovLoop’s guide.
Tips for Grant Administrators
Need some quick tips on organizing your grant seeking priorities when you’re reading a notice of funding availability (NOFA)? The steps you take will be determined in part on whether the due date is 30, 60, or 60+ days ahead.
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