July & August 2023 - Newsletter

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    Streamlining Federal Grants Act of 2023 

    Source:  Homeland Security - Government Affairs


    WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, John Cornyn (R-TX), and James Lankford (R-OK)introduced bipartisan legislation that would help streamline the administration of grant programs across the federal government. Governments and organizations in small and rural communities often struggle when applying for federal grants because they lack the necessary resources to navigate a complicated application process. The senators’ bill would simplify and streamline this application process to increase access to federal grants for all communities. The legislation builds on a 2019 law led by Peters and Lankford that required federal grant programs to streamline data standards for applications and reporting.

    “Complicated and outdated processes to apply for federal grants often result in underserved communities missing out on opportunities to receive critical funding, ”said Senator Peters. “This bipartisan legislation will help modernize this process and make sure every community in Michigan and across the nation has an equal opportunity to receive federal funding.”

    “Applicants from local governments and organizations shouldn’t have to navigate layers of red tape in order to apply for a federal grant,” said Senator Cornyn. “This legislation would streamline the federal grant application process for … communities to ensure they can access the assistance they need.”

    “Strategic, competitive federal grants can open opportunities for cities, states, and tribes, as well as local fire departments and others to improve infrastructure, interstate highways and waterways, broadband internet, and more,” said Senator Lankford. “But, the huge federal bureaucratic maze continues to make the grant process difficult to navigate. We can do better and we are. Our bill clearly designates an existing employee at each agency to serve on an interagency grants council, serve as the public contact for grants, and help implement the standards of my GRANT Act. Each agency has its own grants process, but the public-facing side of grants should be as simple and straightforward as possible.”

    The Streamlining Federal Grants Act directs the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to provide guidance to federal agencies on how they can simplify and streamline their grant application processes, including by making notice of funding opportunities easier to understand, updating software and systems that are used to apply for and manage federal grants, and implementing common data standards for grant reporting. The bill also requires agencies to appoint a senior official to develop and implement these plan to improve their grant application and reporting processes. By improving and updating the process to apply for federal grants, the senators’ legislation would reduce the burden on organizations applying for grants, and ensure the fair and efficient distribution of federal grants to communities with the greatest need.

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        NEW! New Grant Writing Information Packet - Now Available

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        Direct from our most popular webinar: Introduction to Grant Writing: Developing our Common Grant Application (webinar replay available) is the Grant Writing Information Packet!

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        Gleaned from over 30 years of grant writing experience, this common sense guide helps you break down the grant writing process into bite size manageable pieces. When you follow the suggestions and use the samples, grant writing is no longer a anxiety producing monster but a manageable project that anyone can do!

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        • Needs Statement
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              Upcoming Training Opportunities

                FREE - Grant Writing: Developing a Scope of Work & Budget; The Backbone of Your Grant Application: August 24, 2023 at 10:00AM

                The Nevada Governor’s Office of Federal Assistance’s next free training will take place on August 24, 2023, at 10:00 AM via Teams Webinar. We will provide an overview of the Nevada Grant Manual along with a tour of the additional resources that can be found on the of the OFA website.

                Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

                • Write a Scope of Work that is so clear approving your grant is a no-brainer!
                • How to Write a Line Item Budget that grant reviewers and auditors love!
                • Stop a Reviewer’s hesitation with a show stopping budget narrative!

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