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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:

CDBG:  Creating Local Solutions With Public-Private Partnerships

 

The Skinny on the Full Budget

The full version of March's abbreviated or "skinny" federal budget proposal was released this past Tuesday. Historically, presidential budgets rarely get approved in their entirety.  It has become a Washington tradition to declare them dead on arrival, as it is ultimately up to Congress to determine federal spending. Still, given that the budget proposal reflects an administration's priorities, many people are interested in specifics because they can be an indication of future trends. Below is a list of articles that provide basic details on which programs have been slated for spending reductions and which have been marked for complete elimination.

President Trump's Budget Impact on Grants for Local Governments

Today's guest writer is Bill Ferguson, chairman of The Ferguson Group, LLC, which specializes in representing local governments before Congress and the Administration. Bill discusses the Trump Administration's budget and its impact on grants for local governments and nonprofits.

 

AmeriCorps State and National Grants - Service as Solutions

Booker T. Washington once said, “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is one federal agency that makes the act of lifting each other up possible. One of its most famous programs, AmeriCorps, was started in 1994 to give young people a chance to engage in national service, participate in professional development and earn money for their college educations. Since then, almost 1 million members have clocked more than 1.2 billion U.S. service hours. AmeriCorps State and National provides grants, directly or through State Service Commissions, to organizations and partnerships who believe community service plays a large part in solving social problems. Grantees use their awards to recruit, train and supervise AmeriCorps members to build capacity and meet the needs of the areas where they volunteer.

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