Guess who is turning 50? The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is celebrating the big ‘five-oh’ this year (and so is yours truly). I have a long history with HUD, their grant programs, their policies and their staff. I believe our greatest impact on economic development, childhood health and wellness, life-long health and wellness, workforce stability and growth, energy efficiency, and so much more – starts at home and with homes. The quality, safety and accessibility of housing, especially within our poorest communities, has a profound effect on our public systems – schools, the judicial system, medical system. I…read more →
Top 3 Reasons for Government Social Media Why is your local government on social media? Why is your mayor tweeting? Are you surprised to see your community development agency posting on Facebook? Why are local Governments Embracing Social Media? When a 5.9 earthquake hit near Richmond, Virginia on August 23rd, 2011, residents and first responders in New York City read about the quake as Twitter feeds exploded with news of the quake 30 seconds before they experienced the actual quake themselves, giving emergency personnel more response time and many citizens the opportunity to find a safer location. The City of San Francisco released…read more →
Federal Grants, Where Do I Start? Are you having trouble navigating the federal grant world? You are not alone! There are over 1600 federal grant programs provided by Congress. The scope and complexity of federal grants has increased considerably over the past decade. It can feel overwhelming when you start to seek a federal grant. For many grant seekers, grants.gov is often the go-to source for federal grant information. If you start with grants.gov – you are probably too late to get the grant! See, grants.gov will provide you with information on existing grant opportunities. You want to win…read more →
HUD Lead Hazard Control Grants Featured in Recent Grant Opportunities Notice Grant Opportunities JM Grants ~J. Miller & Associates, Inc. Grant Opportunities Delivered to You! Housing and Urban Development Notice of Funding Availability for Healthy Homes HUD Lead Hazard Control and Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Programs Washington, DC – December 4, 2012 – HUD office of Healthy Housing and Lead Hazard Control published their Notice of Funding Availability the Lead Hazard Control Grant and the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant programs. These grant applications are due February 4, 2013. However, HUD may modify the due…read more →
Grab an Attitude of Gratitude! We are deep into the “Month of Gratitude” and Thanksgiving is upon us. I am taking time to reflect upon the things I am thankful for, like: my amazing son, my loving rescued miniature schnauzer, the quick return of my working laptop (tear), my mom and her supportive community, and the blessing of being able to help others do good in their jobs and in their organizations! I could go on and on…I have a lot for which I am thankful. When I think of times of gratitude during my career with grants, snapshot memories flash…read more →
Are you and your staff 'Budget Heros' when it comes to grants? I work with people who love to DO their work. These are passionate, take-charge, capable leaders who become wide eyed and immobile we start to discuss the impact of the federal budget on their organization. It can be overwhelming when we try to consider how changes to a budget of $3.8 trillion, with nearly a $1 trillion gap in debt, could impact a single organization? Relatively minute changes in spending can drastically alter your government agency or nonprofit either through the impact on their clients or through…read more →
Making Money with Program Income! Do you need more matching funds to meet the grant requirements? Do you want to serve more clients with your grant program? Do you want your program to be sustainable after the grant is complete? Consider Your Program Income! Program Income can help you meet your matching fund requirements, help you serve more clients and increase program sustainability during and beyond the grant project!