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.Read More
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-recipients—are discussed thoroughly via the link provided.Read More
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.
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.