Last week’s free webinar by the National League of Cities (NLC), National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), and Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) discussed the details of the sequestration process and “how city leaders from across the country can join together to urge Congress to find a bipartisan and balanced solution to reducing the deficit.” Sequestration is set to have a major negative impact on federal, state, and local economies. As if you needed reminding.
On January 1, Congress approved the American Taxpayer Relief Act, which postpones through the end of February $110 billion in spending cuts on non-exempt defense and domestic programs. The across-the-board spending cuts had been set to take effect January 2 and threatened numerous federal grant programs across multiple agencies. The bill carries a number of tax provisions, and raises income tax rates on households earning more than $450,000, among other effects you can read about at the link above.
If one were to look up the definition of “lame duck,” the entry should read: A two-headed, three-legged, and four-winged blind bird. What this means is that the duck may fly, but it will look ugly, it won’t know where it is going, and somehow it will find its way.
After President Obama secured a second term on Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) addressed the issue of the approaching "fiscal cliff" this week, calling for a bipartisan solution that would avert the U.S. from tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts to defense and non-defense programs that could send the U.S. back into recession.
Math isn’t hard. It’s relatively easy when it comes to across-the-board budget cuts.
Grants come with stipulations. That's a given. And an effective grant proposal comes with verified, accurate, and timely information that supports your statement of need. Fortunately, there are a number of useful federal websites you can take advantage of to compose a winning proposal as well as keep track of legislation affecting local government agencies like yours.
On April 17, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and Related Agencies approved its FY 2013 spending bill, which includes $3.1 billion for the Community Development Block Grant program (an increase of $152 million from FY 2012) and a restoration of funding to the Sustainable Communities Initiative program. TIGER received $500 million, Choice Neighborhoods $120 million, and the Sustainable Communities Initiative $50 million. The bill includes $39.1 billion for federal highway programs and $1.75 billion for rail infrastructure, including funding proposed for Amtrak, which is to receive $1.45 billion. Read this analysis for a detailed breakdown of the appropriations.
While not all grant awards require an organizational match, many do. As a grant-active organization, it is wise to examine all grant documents to be certain of the commitments being made. Despite what many believe, grant money is not free money.