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Posted by on Aug 30, 2013

This Week in Grants News

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“This Week in Grants News” is a resource Management Concepts provides to keep you informed of important grants-related news from the week.

Sequestration Update Report OMB released a report updating the president and Congress on the sequester.  The report analyzed the FY 14 spending levels in the pending appropriations bills and informed policymakers that significant spending cuts will be necessary to meet the legal requirements in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.  Read the report here.

Agencies’ FY15 Budget Planning ‘Tied Up in Knots’ By Uncertainty Agencies are preparing their FY 2015 budget requests  even though Congress has yet to pass any of the twelve appropriations bills for FY 2014, which starts October 1st.  It is a difficult process for many agencies, as they do not know their level of funding for next fiscal year or the fate of the sequester. Agency leaders do not seem to concerned however, as one former Bush Administration official stated, “agencies are used to this situation.” Read more…

Deficit Talks Break Down, Focus Returns to House Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced earlier this week that the nation will reach the debt limit in mid-October. Congress must pass legislation increasing this limit or else the nation faces a potential default. In preparation for this deadline, the White House has been in discussions with Senate Republicans to reach a compromise. Those negotiations, however, seem to have failed to reach an agreement. Read more…

Quiz: Test Your Knowledge About the Debt Limit How much do you know about the debt limit? Take the quiz.

Detroit Getting Review of Grant Administration The Ford Foundation announced it is providing $170,000 to Detroit to hire consultants to review the city’s administration of federally awarded grants. The emergency manager of the city recently commented that he believes all 71 grant programs fail to comply with federal regulations. Read more…

Federal Grant Competition Close Dates The following grant programs have applications due within the next week. For additional information about these programs, or any other grant program, visit

  • FEMA SAFER Grant Program – Close date: August 30th
  • Tribal Wildlife Grants FY2014 – Close date: September 3rd
  • High Energy Cost Grant Program – Close date: September 3rd
  • VetSuccess Americorps 2013 – Close date: September 4th


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