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The State of Grant Making in Indiana

What are we to think about the availability of grant funding in and for the state of Indiana? It's a broad question best approached one grantor category at a time: foundations, state agencies, and the federal agencies each take a slightly different grant seeking strategy.

Grant News Grab Bag: Endowments, Funding Cuts, and Deficient Bridges

Small private foundation endowments grew by 10 percent in 2012

A Foundation Source study of 732 small U.S. private foundations (those with less than $50 million in assets) found that total assets grew from $1.9 billion in 2011 to $2.1 billion in 2012. Foundation giving grew by 9.2 percent. The $200 million increase in assets is attributed to a recovery in financial markets that allowed donors to increase contributions. The study’s data is considered reflective of the 98% of foundations with assets under $50 million. (The largest 2 percent of U.S. foundations hold nearly 70 percent of all foundation wealth.)

HUD Awards, Furloughs, Lobbying Call; CBO Report on Grant Making

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.

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program and Sequestration

There are a number of useful resources available on sequestration's estimated cuts to federal grant programs. Two such resources are provided by the White House and Dylan Matthews of the Washington Post. These go well beyond my humble research skills. However, I thought it useful to present some data in map form, and to focus narrowly on one program to present some perspective—in this case, a state-level view of the sequester and the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program.

Federal Grant Programs and the Sequester

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.

Sequestration: Urgency for Local Governments

Last week’s free webinar by the National League of Cities (NLC), National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), and Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) discussed the details of the sequestration process and “how city leaders from across the country can join together to urge Congress to find a bipartisan and balanced solution to reducing the deficit.” Sequestration is set to have a major negative impact on federal, state, and local economies. As if you needed reminding.

Grant News Recap: Fiscal Cliff, Disaster Relief, VAWA Defeat

It’s the New Year and we haven’t gone over the fiscal cliff. It’s a decent present, but some expected gifts (on that giant to-do list) were delayed or didn't arrive.

On January 1, Congress approved the American Taxpayer Relief Act, which postpones through the end of February $110 billion in spending cuts on non-exempt defense and domestic programs. The across-the-board spending cuts had been set to take effect January 2 and threatened numerous federal grant programs across multiple agencies. The bill carries a number of tax provisions, and raises income tax rates on households earning more than $450,000, among other effects you can read about at the link above.

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