This Week in Grants News
“This Week in Grants News” is a resource Management Concepts provides to keep you informed of important federal grants-related news from the week
Senate Poised to Vote on Spending Measure The Senate is expected to vote on, and pass, a bill that will provide temporary funding to keep the government open. After the Senate approves the bill, it will be returned to the House of Representatives for consideration. The House leadership has not yet indicated how they will respond. The federal government will shut down if funding is not approved by October 1st. Read about the latest developments here.
Wondering About a Government Shutdown? The Washington Post answers the frequently asked questions about a government shutdown. A government shutdown will affect grant recipients. During a shutdown, federal funding for most grant projects will cease and most agency grant officers will not be available to address questions or concerns. Find out more here.
Grants.gov Should Remain Operational During a Government Shutdown The Grants.gov Program Management Office expects the website to remain operational if the government shuts down next Tuesday. The Contact Center should also continue to provide assistance. Most agencies have not announced how application deadlines would be affected by a government shutdown, but applicants should be prepared to submit all applications by the announced deadlines. Additional information about Grants.gov can be found here.
States Fear Big Losses if Government Shuts Down Governors across the nation are issuing orders to state agencies to prepare for a possible federal government shutdown. In Virginia, the governor’s office urged agencies to avoid all expenses related to federally funded grant projects during a shutdown. Read the article here.
State Reliance on Federal Dollars Near All-Time High A recent study found that the federal government provided $675 billion in federal grants to states in 2010. On average, federal grants account for 1/3rd of state budgets. Federal grant funding, as a percentage of a state’s budget, ranged from a low of 24% in Alaska to a high of 49% in Mississippi. Read more about the study here.
GAO: COPS Grant Application and Monitoring Processes Could Further Ensure Grantees Advance Community Policing The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program is a federal grant designed to assist law enforcement agencies in hiring police officers. Officers hired under the grant must be engaged in community policing activities. The GAO examined the COPS program and found that grant funding is not always being used for community policing. To rectify this problem, GAO recommended the COPS Office revise the program’s application and improve monitoring of grant recipients. Read GAO’s report here.
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