Grants

2020 Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Micro Grants

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Deadline: March 11, 2020 Community Policing Development (CPD) Micro-grant funds are used to advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through training and technical assistance, demonstration projects, the development of innovative community policing strategies, guidebooks, and promising practices that are national in scope and responsive to the solicitation topic requirements. Applicants are […]

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Small Shipyard Grant Program

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Deadline: February 18, 2020. 5:00pm Eastern Time. Under the Small Shipyard Grant Program, $19,600,000 is currently available for grants to: (1) Make capital and related improvements to qualified shipyard facilities that will be effective in fostering efficiency, competitive operations, and quality ship construction, repair, and reconfiguration, and (2) provide training for workers in shipbuilding, ship […]

Best Practices

The case for internal controls

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Federal grantees are required to have written financial and management controls to safeguard public funds. Control systems are a good business practice in general regardless of whether an organization receives federal grants. These controls, or checks and balances, over expenses ensures funds aren’t misspent or embezzled. This case study, “ripped from the headlines,” illustrates the […]

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How to start a grants office/department

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Is your organization at the point where you want to formalize your grant seeking efforts with a dedicated full-time employee? Wonderful! You can only get so far with someone going after grants in addition to their other responsibilities. If you want to take grants to the next level, you need to start a grants department—even […]

Grants

Local governments vs Nonprofits

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Local governments (i.e., counties, cities, towns, school districts, water districts, etc.) are not always eligible to apply for private grants. Many local government employees believe they work for a nonprofit organization. Sort of—but not really. Local governments are a special animal; they’re political subdivisions of their states. When private/corporate foundations say they accept proposals from […]

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Think outside the box

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Don’t be afraid to apply for funds outside of your primary field. That is, if you’re a housing agency, it’s okay to apply for Department of Justice funds or Education funds (or whatever) so long as the funding’s purpose is a match with your mission. As we get deeper into our professional life, we get […]