Let’s Explore the Inflation Reduction Act

The Inflation Reduction Act was signed into law on August 16, 2022 and it was written with the intended goals of reducing the federal deficit, lowering prescription drug, health care, and energy costs, and making significant investments in clean energy and environmental programs

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.

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.

Understanding Subrecipient vs. Contractor Determination

If your organization receives federal grants and enters into agreements with subrecipients or contractors, it is critical that the substance of the relationship with each is fully understood. This is crucial for several reasons but the primary reason is that it is required (see Uniform Guidance – 2 CFR 200.332 – Requirements for pass-through entities).Continue reading “Understanding Subrecipient vs. Contractor Determination”

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.

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”

(Updated) – A Summary of OMB M-20-17: Administrative Relief for Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance Impacted by COVID-19

This post was updated on June 23, 2020 to include the extension of expiration dates for two areas of administrative relief as outlined in M-20-26 released on June 18, 2020. On March 19, 2020, the Office of Management and Budget released M-20-17, Administrative Relief to Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by theContinue reading “(Updated) – A Summary of OMB M-20-17: Administrative Relief for Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance Impacted by COVID-19”

Proposed Changes to Uniform Guidance

What is Uniform Guidance? Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) is the culmination of extensive collaboration between the Office of Management and Budget and federal awarding agencies to improve the transparency, oversight and performance of federal awards to non-federal entities. When OMB released the final draft of Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) in December 2014, itContinue reading “Proposed Changes to Uniform Guidance”

What is the GREAT Act?

The GREAT Act and its impact on your federal grants The Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency Act was signed into law on December 30, 2019.  It calls for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to partner with the federal agency that awards the most grants and cooperative agreements to develop a governmentwide standardContinue reading “What is the GREAT Act?”

HUD Financial Assistance Programs – HOME Investment Partnerships Fund

Recently an executive director who runs a two-person nonprofit that goes to motels to help homeless and economically disadvantaged people shared that she was at her wits end trying to get additional funding for her program. Someone suggested she look into whether her community participated in HUD’s Continuum of Care program. I also added aContinue reading “HUD Financial Assistance Programs – HOME Investment Partnerships Fund”

(Updated) – The UEI is Coming

What is the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)? The federal government’s transition from the D-U-N-S number to the Unique Entity Identifier will now be effective in April 2022 instead of December 2020. Organizations that plan to apply for a grant will need a Unique Entity Identifier in SAM.gov. The Unique Entity Identifier is the new identifier anyContinue reading “(Updated) – The UEI is Coming”