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Grant News Grab Bag: Time Is of the Essence

by eCivis on April 23, 2013
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Grant news on HHS and Head Start, grants management news on OMB stakeholder comment for the Single Audit proposalThese grab bags are becoming increasingly popular, so you might see more of this type of post in the coming weeks. Here’s a mix of bite-sized grant news stories for your busy day. Just click on the links if you're hungry for more. Note that I've bolded dates, many of which are coming up fast.

  • Head Start mum on cuts

    Head Start, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, announced earlier this month that dozens of low-performing Head Start centers would lose funding, but was silent on specifics. New program provisions require low-performing agencies to compete for funding—a first in the program’s nearly 50-year history. Though a preliminary list of potential grantees has been made available, the program’s director stated that official decisions would be made with the award announcement on July 1, 2013. The preschool program serves about 1 million children from low-income families.
  • School Breakfast Program expands

    Funding will be available to state and local education agencies in Alaska, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, and Washington State to expand on the School Breakfast Program and provide sub-grants to qualifying schools over a two-year period. A total of $1 million will be available between July 2013 and July 2015 to provide funds to four agencies, which will distribute sub-grants not to exceed $10,000 per school year. Schools must serve least 40 percent of lunches to students eligible to receive free or reduced price meals in order to qualify. Optional letters of intent must be submitted to Dawn.Addison@fns.usda.gov by April 26, 2013. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on May 17, 2013.
  • OMB docket talk

    In February, the Office of Management and Budget proposed broad reforms to compliance audits performed under OMB Circular A-133, or the Single Audit.  The OMB’s proposal of changes remains open for stakeholder comment through June 2, 2013. One of the major items of discussion is the increase to the audit threshold requirement from $500,000 to $750,000. The comments section offers an insightful look into how other grants managers are thinking on these issues.
  • California HUD Annual Plan open for comments

    The 2013-14 California Draft HUD Annual Plan will administer approximately $74 million annually, as allocated under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program (LHCP), and will be available for public comment through April 26, 2013. Here's a copy of the plan. Written comments can be faxed to (916) 327-6660, emailed to caper@hcd.ca.gov, or mailed to the department.
  • Shoutout to Earth

    Earth Day took place yesterday, but I think that's reason enough to recommend the following foundations that support environmental causes: The Ayrshire Foundation supports environmental and science grants (some examples of award-winning programs); the Alliance for Community Trees conducts its National NeighborWoods™ Month tree planting every October; and the Patagonia Environmental Grants Program supports small grassroots organizations with provocative direct-action agendas aimed at preserving and protecting the environment (next due date: April 30, 2013).

Evidence-Based Practices for Local Governments, States, Tribes, and Grant Administrators

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