Let’s Explore the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Build.gov

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021 (P.L. 117-58), commonly known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will provide $973 billion in funding over the next five years from fiscal years 2022 through 2026.

Government Grants and Other Funding for Small Businesses

There are a growing number of government grants and other funding programs to support small businesses. Some come in the form of stimulus funding through the American Rescue Plan Act, others are state grants to help businesses export products to overseas markets, and there are the well-known federal programs that fund small business innovation and research.

Federal Growth Accelerator and Catalyst Funds Support Small Businesses

As it aims to support inclusive entrepreneurship in the innovation ecosystem, the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Investment and Innovation (OII) coordinates an annual competition for the nation’s most innovative and promising small business accelerators, incubators, and business catalysts.

Let’s Get Grant Ready

Grant readiness is more than an exercise in checking items on a checklist. It is the organization’s readiness to competitively apply for grants, finalize the awarding process, and manage the grant.  Instead of you having to peruse multiple sources to determine if the organization or business is grant ready based on several readiness criteria, theContinue reading “Let’s Get Grant Ready”

Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund

To address the gap in revenue and shore up “on the ground” services, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 allocates $350 billion in emergency funding directly to each eligible state, county, city, territorial, and Tribal government and to non-entitlement units of local government.

A Summary of OMB Memorandum M-21-20

OMB Memorandum M-21-20 was broken into five sections that either underscore the federal government’s need for a swift response to the public health crisis, outline its commitment to accountability and transparency of ARP spending, or ensure that all Americans are supported through the advancement of racial equity and that underserved communities are supported.

A Summary of Appendix 3 of OMB Memorandum M-21-20

On March 19, 2021, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published Memorandum M-21-20 to outline the Administration’s approach to “effective implementation and stewardship of American Rescue Plan funds.” This post will summarize the twelve flexibilities outlined in Appendix 3.

Learn About Federal SBIR/STTR Funding

Do you own a business in the US with a technological innovation that could use an infusion of research and development (R&D) investment to meet its commercial potential? If you do or know someone who may be, continue reading to learn about federal SBIR and STTR funding and which companies are eligible to apply. WhatContinue reading “Learn About Federal SBIR/STTR Funding”

Uniform Guidance – The Final 2020 Edition

The August 13, 2020 issue of the Federal Register included the final guidance for the revision of 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance). All revisions except amendments to two sections are effective November 12, 2020; two sections became effective the date of publication in theContinue reading “Uniform Guidance – The Final 2020 Edition”

A Primer on the Continuum of Care Program That Helps Address Homelessness

If you operate or plan to operate a permanent or transitional housing program and you are not familiar with the Continuum of Care program, keep reading to learn more about the community-driven collaborative process that steers HUD funding to organizations that serve the homeless in communities around the country. Before Congress passed the Homeless EmergencyContinue reading “A Primer on the Continuum of Care Program That Helps Address Homelessness”

The Great Timing of COVID-19 Relief Grants from Regional Funding Collaboratives

Grants Works has been sharing details on social media about COVID-19 funding relief being offered by regional funding collaboratives. Funding collaboratives are not new. However, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw the impressive speed, efficiency and effectiveness of these pooled donations from charitable foundations, corporations and individuals to fund local nonprofits andContinue reading “The Great Timing of COVID-19 Relief Grants from Regional Funding Collaboratives”

Grant Reporting Dos and Don’ts

Let’s face it—grant management is often undervalued.  The focus tends to center on acquiring new grants with little thought on carefully managing an existing grant portfolio as one way to increase funding from current funders and sustain grant-funded projects year after year. It is also no secret that grant reports are the best indicators of howContinue reading “Grant Reporting Dos and Don’ts”