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Thou STILL Shall Not Supplant

Our 2012 Thou Shall Not Supplant article warned against supplanting federal grant funds, especially as it relates to the Department of Education. That department is hardly alone in its prohibition of supplanting funds that they provide; many federal grants come with the same restrictions. It is time to revist supplanting vs. supplementing with examples from the Office of Justice Programs (OJP).

Grants Way Back When!  Tell Us Your Retro Story!

Back in the day! We have all heard our elders talk about what life was like before color television, microwaves, and ATM machines.  Subsequently, who in the younger generation is not astonished to hear about a time when cell phones weighed almost as much as lap tops? Or horrified to learn their grandparents did their school reports on a thing known as a typewriter with the aid of a goopy substance called liquid paper? And you could not even play video games on it to keep yourself entertained!

OMB Uniform Guidance Training That Grows on Trees

A change of pace and a bit of levity for the first Monday in August.  Step into a cool, shady place and read about what happens when fairytales, forests and funding intersect...

Red Riding Hood the Third dusted off a picture of Little Red Riding Hood the First and thought of how much things had changed since her grandmother’s day. Wolves no longer lured little girls to their doom! In fact, contemporary Ms. Riding Hood just accepted a new job as a state fish and game official in charge of wolf conservation. But she had one major problem! She was unfamiliar with where or how to apply for funding for the programs she wanted to implement.

When Technology Hurts Innovation

"There is a wide array of new technology solutions for every process and activity government employees engage in. And while new solutions tout improved ROI and efficiency and decreased costs, quantifiable outcomes may be hard to come by. What are some challenges to an organization's successful implementation? What solutions can be applied to these obstacles?"

It's A Parlour Game...

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.

OMB Uniform Guidance: Promising Practices Webcast Available July 5

Want to know what the thought leaders are thinking when it comes to the OMB Uniform Guidance? You're in luck. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR) have announced the third in a series of webcasts on the Uniform Guidance available at the COFAR website, https://cfo.gov/cofar/training/, on Tuesday, July 5, 2016.

Plotting Your 2016 Grants Calendar

Every grant writer has their own process for keeping track of what grant applications are due, funders that they have made contact with, and next steps. There is no right or wrong way to create a grants calendar. In this blog post, I’ll simply give you some research links to review and offer a sentence or two about why I think the information will help you decide how you want to plot your 2016 grants calendar.

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