Community Development Block Grants Serve the Needs of Nonprofits

Posted by Kim Joyce on Jan 14, 2015 6:00:00 AM

The first time I heard the acronym "CDBG" as a brand new grant writer, I didn’t know what to think. What did those four letters stand for ("Community Development Block Grant"), and why were they so important? As a grant writer located in Maricopa County, Arizona, I know that most cities have some form of CDBG funding—in fact, practically every city in the County (Scottsdale, Mesa, Glendale, Chandler, Peoria, and the Town of Gilbert). Why are these grants are so important? Because with other funding sources drying up, CDBG grants are an excellent source of funding that nonprofits have come to rely on over the years.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Nonprofits, Local Government, Formula Grants, CDBG

Grant News Grab Bag: From State Single Audit Analysis to "Pay for Success" Financing

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jun 25, 2013 9:19:00 AM

Relevant grant news you can use: a state-by-state comparison of single audit findings, an upcoming SAM webinar, a look at CDBG funding cuts, and how "pay for success" financing could help social service programs.

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Topics: SAM, Single Audit, Grant News, Partnerships, CDBG

HUD Awards, Furloughs, Lobbying Call; CBO Report on Grant Making

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Mar 13, 2013 6:11:00 PM

Continuum of Care (CoC) Program awards: These were announced this week, with approximately $1.54 billion being awarded. The CoC Program provides funding for transitional and permanent housing and supportive services.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Budgets, Grant News, Housing, Formula Grants, CDBG

Federal Grant Programs and the Sequester

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Mar 1, 2013 3:00:00 AM

It’s a major day of defeat for Congress, which bilaterally failed to prevent the across-the-board funding cuts that take effect today. It’s an even greater defeat for all those affected by the cuts—federal employees, students and teachers, scientists, defense contractors, airline passengers, low-income earners, the homeless and near-homeless, and so on. The list goes on as the reality sinks in.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Local Government, Budgets, Education, Housing, Formula Grants, CDBG

Fire Department Grants: Don’t Just Look to FEMA

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Oct 10, 2012 9:07:00 AM

If you’re a fire department in search of grant funding, the first place you likely turn toward is FEMA grant opportunities—namely the Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) general program and Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) program, and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) opportunity. These are proper choices, of course, as these are multimillion-dollar programs whose awards provide a major boon to the grant winners. But there are several other grant opportunities your department might want to look into, including other public and even foundation sources, especially if you have small volunteer fire departments under your wing. Here are some funding opportunities to get the ideas rolling:

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Topics: Federal Grants, Local Government, Fire Grants, Foundation Grants, CDBG, Rural Issues