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”
While there may currently be flexibilities for this requirement, an organization typically must be registered in SAM to apply for and receive local, state, or federal government grants.
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.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury Department) is responsible for administering over $1 trillion of American Rescue Plan (2021) funds.
While much has been written about the broad scope and unprecedented nature of ARP, it is important to keep in mind that it is the sixth law that funded pandemic relief programs.
What some people may not know is that grant writing is much more than writing. In fact, before any writing begins, and if the organization is “grant ready,” the grant writer will gather a wide range of information and data about the organization.
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 key part of writing a government grant is the ability to advocate, in narrative form, why the prospective grantee should be awarded the grant.
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.
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”
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”
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”
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?”
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”
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”