President Trump's Budget Impact on Grants for Local Governments

Posted by Bill Ferguson on Mar 1, 2017 5:27:29 AM

Today's guest writer is Bill Ferguson, chairman of The Ferguson Group, LLC, which specializes in representing local governments before Congress and the Administration. Bill discusses the Trump Administration's budget and its impact on grants for local governments and nonprofits.


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Topics: Federal Grants, Grant News

AmeriCorps State and National Grants - Service as Solutions

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Aug 31, 2016 4:13:00 AM

Booker T. Washington once said, “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is one federal agency that makes the act of lifting each other up possible. One of its most famous programs, AmeriCorps, was started in 1994 to give young people a chance to engage in national service, participate in professional development and earn money for their college educations. Since then, almost 1 million members have clocked more than 1.2 billion U.S. service hours. AmeriCorps State and National provides grants, directly or through State Service Commissions, to organizations and partnerships who believe community service plays a large part in solving social problems. Grantees use their awards to recruit, train and supervise AmeriCorps members to build capacity and meet the needs of the areas where they volunteer.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Education, Environment

Helping Homeless Vets - The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Voucher Program

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Aug 10, 2016 4:13:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that there are almost 48,000 Veterans experiencing homelessness on any given night, about 11% of the total U.S. homeless population. In addition, 1.4 million more are at risk of becoming homeless. A complex problem, it involves much more than the lack of affordable housing. Many homeless Vets suffer from mental illness, alcoholism and other substance abuse, as well as post-traumatic stress disorders. They often lack access to social support networks. Because it is such a multifaceted issue, The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) voucher program combines housing vouchers with case management provided by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to give them access to the broad type of support they need to maintain successful transition back into mainstream society.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Housing

The Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jun 29, 2016 4:13:00 AM

Baja tourists swear the Eastern North Pacific grays (aka California grays) are just as curious about them as they are about the whales. They claim the magnificent mammals often swim up to whale watching boats as if welcoming interaction. Perhaps they are just happy to be back in the warm waters of Mexico after traveling 10,000 miles from their feeding grounds in Alaska’s Bering Sea. Or perhaps, in their own way, they are thanking humans for the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Under its protection, they were among the first to recover and be removed from the endangered list. Unfortunately, not all marine life has fared so well. Many species and their habitats are still vulnerable and in need of protection. Since human intervention has been documented to make a difference, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations (NOAA) is offering funding to strengthen coastal ecosystems for the benefit of all life forms who depend on them.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Environment

Federal vs. Foundation Funding - Embrace Them Both

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jun 27, 2016 4:13:00 AM

Should we wait for a fresh, rich brew to percolate or settle for instant? Shop across town where prices are low or jet into our nearest convenience store? Savor the book or catch the movie? Life is a balance between effort and outcome, a constant trade-off between return and investment. The grant world offers the same dilemma. Public vs. private funding, which shall it be? Government grants offer the biggest jackpots, but are labor-intensive. Foundation grants offer smaller rewards, but are less time-consuming. Let’s look at the major pros and cons of each.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Foundations

It's A Parlour Game...

Posted by James Ha on Jun 20, 2016 4:13:00 AM

According to the National Association of State Budget Officers, as cited in the president’s FY16 annual budget, federal agencies awarded more than $600 billion in grant funding to state and local governments, higher education, and other public sector organizations. Recent grant reform has emphasized improving the performance of each grant program from these federal agencies.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Grants Management Best Practices

The Farmers Market Promotion Program

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Apr 19, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Who would not prefer to bite into a strawberry right off the vine instead of a frozen one, or take in the scent of a real flower rather than artificial fragrance? That same authentic experience occurs when we shop at farmers markets. There is something about the fresh air and connection to those who grow our food that makes us feel like a part of it all. Of course there are more tangible benefits too. Estimates hold that farmers markets put three times more of their sales back into the local economy than the major chains do. Farmers markets preserve the time-honored vocation of farming. They promote healthy eating with food so delicious we don’t notice it’s good for us. Want to make new friends? Market patrons have an average of 15-20 social interactions per visit. When was the last time that happened at the grocery store?

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Topics: Federal Grants, Grant News, Agriculture, Capacity Building

Land and Water Conservation Fund 101

Posted by Beverly Browning on Aug 24, 2015 6:00:00 AM

If you’re managing a state or local parks and recreation agency and have counted on an annual grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), then you’ve probably been pacing back and forth wondering if this 50-year-old act will be funded again. In researching the LWCF for one of our eCivis clients, I found some background and current status tracking websites to keep you updated on pending congressional actions.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Grant News, Legislation, Environment

$9.2 Million in Grants to Improve Training Systems to Help Children with Disabilities

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Aug 10, 2015 10:59:29 AM

Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Education announced the award of $9.2 million in grants to nine states to improve personnel training systems to help children with disabilities. States receiving grants are: Arizona, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, and Tennessee.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Education

Infrastructure Week 2015

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on May 14, 2015 9:49:00 AM

If you're a civil engineer, mayor, or transportation department administrator, you probably know it's the 3rd annual Infrastructure Week (May 11-15). The theme of the week has perennially centered on the funding gaps between funding needs and actual levels, and the impact our investments have on our economic future. But what can we do with this information? We can arm ourselves with it, call on Congress to make long-term funding commitments, and explore programs and partnership possibilities.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Transportation, Infrastructure