Law Enforcement Grants for Body Cameras

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on May 13, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Do people tend to behave better when they know they’re being watched? Those in favor of law enforcement officers wearing body cameras think so. In the wake of the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, and Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody in Baltimore, MD, proponents of body-worn cameras argue that their use improves police and civilian behavior, reveals instances of police misconduct, and builds trust between the police and the communities they serve.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Law Enforcement

HUD Turns 50: Milestones in Housing and Grants

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on May 4, 2015 6:00:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) turns the big 5-0 this year, and that deserves a tip of the hat by way of a timeline. To commemorate the department's history of creating communities of opportunity, HUD has set up a new site (#HUDat50) with an interactive timeline and sidebars tracing back to when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the act establishing the department in 1965. What are some of the major highlights and grant programs in HUD history? The sample below is a great reminder of the importance of these programs to communities across the United States:

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Topics: Federal Grants, Housing

Grants Mismanaged: Lessons from a GAO Study

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Mar 31, 2015 6:00:00 AM

"Doing more with less" might be a trite but true "new normal" for local governments, but a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) underscores the limits of this mantra. For fiscal years 2009-2013, the GAO conducted site visits and examined eight grant programs from four municipalities—Detroit and Flint, Michigan; Camden, New Jersey; and Stockton, California—and concluded that grants management duties such as oversight, reporting, and timely drawdown of funds were compromised because of a lack of capacity. Grants management suffered because of grantees' limited capacity—whether human capital, financial, or organizational—and decreased financial capacity reduced some municipalities' ability to obtain federal grants. Let's look at the details:

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Topics: Federal Grants, Grants Management Best Practices

HUD's $150 Million for Permanent Housing for the Needy

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Mar 4, 2015 3:00:00 AM

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it would award $150 million in rental assistance to 25 state housing agencies to help prevent thousands of individuals with disabilities from being unnecessarily institutionalized or possibly becoming homeless. In turn, the state agencies will provide permanent affordable rental housing and needed supportive services to nearly 4,600 households with extremely low-income persons with disabilities, many of whom are hoping to transition out of institutional settings back to the community.   

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Topics: Federal Grants, State Grants, Grant News, Housing

The Value of TIGER Discretionary Grants

Posted by Danny Blitch on Feb 18, 2015 5:42:00 AM

Tigers are the largest cats in the world. Fittingly, Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants are some of the largest grants in the United States. Managed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), TIGER grants go toward capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure. Eligible surface transportation infrastructure projects include:

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Topics: Federal Grants, Transportation, TIGER

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

Student Support Services (SSS) Grant Opportunity in Focus

Posted by Allison Boyd on Jan 7, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Education_Grants_for_Low-Income_Students-1Grant applications for the Department of Education's Student Support Services (SSS) program are due in less than four weeks (February 2). To those of you in the middle of your narrative draft, I say this not to panic you but to remind and encourage you; to those of you who are interested but unfamiliar with this federal TRIO program, I'm here to tell you a little bit more about SSS, which offers over $260 million and more than 1,000 awards annually to institutions of higher education.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Education

Grants Management 2015: A New Era of Uniform Guidance

Posted by James Ha on Dec 23, 2014 5:23:00 AM


Grant reform is here for the holidays and beyond. The most sweeping grant reform in decades culminates with the OMB’s Uniform Guidance, which takes effect this Friday and begins a new era in grants management. Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the Maryland Governor’s Grants Office conference with some of the major players in federal grant reform. Appropriately titled “The Times, They Are a Changing,” the conference included presentations by representatives from the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Department of Justice, and USASpending.gov, among many others, on the changes that will affect federal grant-making agencies, grantees, and subgrantees.

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Topics: Federal Grants, OMB, Grants Management Best Practices, Uniform Guidance

Grant Basics: Competitive, Formula, and Continuation Applications

Posted by Paul Oostenbrug on Oct 21, 2014 4:00:00 AM

Let's review some grant basics. If you're new to grant writing, this article can help you determine the similarities and differences among competitive, formula (or non-competitive), and continuation funding. Pass-through grants—federal funds provided to a state or local government and then "passed through" to sub-recipientsare discussed thoroughly via the link provided.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Grant Writing, Formula Grants, Continuation Grants

What Is a Grant, and What Is It Not?

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Oct 15, 2014 4:00:00 AM

The new federal fiscal year is here, so let's take a moment to look at the basics—our definitions and assumptions about grants. What image comes to mind when you hear the term "grant"?

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Topics: Federal Grants