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What to Do When Your SAFER Grant Ends?

Sometimes a federal acronym hits the nail on the head. Or fits the helmet on the new hire, as it were. The purpose of FEMA's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program does just what it says: provides funding directly to fire departments and national, state, local, or tribal organizations representing volunteer firefighters to help them increase the

The Drug-Free Communities Support Program 2018


Amid the sobering headlines from the opioid epidemic, there is some encouraging news concerning drug use among young people. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that the  2017 Monitoring the Future survey conducted with  high school students found that non-marijuana illicit drug use was at its lowest level in 20 years. Unfortunately, the study also showed a

Grants and the Federal Shutdown: 5 FAQs

The Senate has approved a stopgap spending measure to end the current shutdown and keep the government running until February 8th of this year. However, given that there have been 18 shutdowns since 1976, it is a good idea to review what that may mean for the grant world should another one occur. Unfortunately, each

Grants to Expand Capacity in Adult Drug  and Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts

When it comes to drug addiction, research indicates that incarceration is not an effective deterrent. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) cites statistics that hold that 95% of those released will experience relapses. Yet, that does not mean the legal system has no place in combating our collective drug problem. Quite the contrary, drug courts, which combine

What Do I Do With All This Data?

Despite the plethora of public data available, it can be difficult to navigate information about federal programs, funding opportunities, and current awards to find the best available resources to address the most pressing challenges in local communities. This is especially true for organizations without capacity or experience partnering with the Federal government.

OMB Update: DATA Act, Uniform Guidance & Single Audit

On August 10, The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) submitted its Report to Congress on the Data Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA ACT) Pilot Program. OMB also released a new Uniform Guidance FAQ and the 2017 Single Audit Compliance Supplement now published in the Federal Register. Find all the links and free training in this post.

Your Annual Grants Calendar & Upcoming Federal Grants:  A Free Webinar

Update: Although the date for this webinar has past, there is a link to the free recording below:

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax. Abraham Lincoln may not have been talking specifically about grants when he said this, but nothing could be better advice when it comes to seeking federal funding.  This arena has become more competitive than ever. That is why The Ferguson Group (TFG) and eCivis have partnered to bring you a free webinaron July 24 on how to lay the groundwork for federal opportunities. The first step is developing an annual grants calendar to increase your community's return on investment. The webinar will also cover how to prepare for the three specific programs:

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