In response to our previous article on 2 Reasons Grants Are On Hold, here is another update to help you understand and utilize grant funding.
As stated in the FY 2013 National Prepareness Grant Program, FY 2012 grants will prepare grantees for the transition to new requirements in FY 2013 in the following ways:
• Begin the process of transitioning from 16 separate preparedness grant programs in FY 2011 to a more streamlined model within the construct of the FY 2012 appropriations.
• Continuing the transition to address the core capabilities outlined in the National Preparedness Goal.
• Implement a two year period of performance with very limited extensions.
In addition to these focuses, there are several things that should be noted for 2013.
2 changes to watch out for:
1. Funding for 2013 grants will remain close to 2012 funding with the exception of the 13 grants that will be rolled into one major grant.
2. The Congressional election and retirements within the Congress will place Pro Public Safety senators, (Senator Coburn (Ranking Rep) HLS Committee and Senator Lahey Senate Appropriations Committee) into committee leadership roles. The outlook is that in 2014 funding will be increased over 2012-2013 funding limits.
What other changes are likely to be made?
There will be a very strict look at all grants submitted. The Congress did a study of 2009-2010 grants and found that $8 Billion in revenue was returned unspent to the US Treasury. This is the main reason why grant programs are being rolled into one bucket. In other words, those who don't use the money, lose the money.
How will customers notice these grant changes?
Customers will begin seeing fewer opportunities in traditional grant funding. Customers need to look at Non-Traditional Grant funding options (see below) as new avenues toward grant allocation.
Are these changes similar to changes in previous years?
2013 funding is estimated to be at the same level as 2012 but again that depends on the discussions and outcomes in Washington regarding the Fiscal Cliff.
Any other advice?
1. Look at non-Traditional Grants sources
- Dept of Agriculture – Rural Development Grants
- HUD (Housing & Urban Development)
- Tiger Discretionary Grants (Dept of Energy)
- Dept of Education
- Dept of the Interior
2. Equipment grants are not about the equipment! They are how the equipment will solve a problem.
3. BE READY NOW! Begin developing the grant narrative that you intend to use. Have your friends look at the narrative and see if they understand what your problem is and if you have presented the best solution.
In my opinion, those interested in applying and obtaining grants should continue to use the Grant Guideline document (offered below) as a base for developing their response for a particular grant. That way when Washington makes the decision(s), they will be that much more ahead of other agencies.
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