Category Archives: Applications/Proposals

State Educational Agencies Encouraged To Apply for GSEM Program

With the almost never-ending stories in the news about school shootings and other school-related violence, the importance of having a school emergency management plan is becoming a must. States can play an important role in ensuring that developing such plans…


Time Is Running Out Before’s Full Transition to Workspace

In case you haven’t realized it yet, it’s now December and the clock is ticking. No, we’re not talking about meeting the deadline for getting your holiday shopping done. In the grants community, the end of the month is when…


University Loses Out on Upward Bound Award Due to Application Error

This is why we here at Thompson offer an entire publication dedicated to the pre-award grant application process — to prevent mistakes like this recent one involving a West Virginia university.

LinkedInShare Presents New Website Design

If you haven’t been to the website in a while, you can expect a few changes the next time to visit the site. now has a new homepage design aimed at providing better access to information by its…


Six Things To Watch For in Grants in 2017

At the end of the year, many news organizations often present a retrospective of what occurred the previous year. We prefer to look forward and provide an outlook as to what we think will be some of the biggest things…


New NSF Proposals, Procedures Guide Now Available

Current recipients of National Science Foundation (NSF) funding, as well applicants seeking awards from NSF, should be aware that the agency has made its updated NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) available on the NSF website.


Sneak Preview: ED Proposes New State Authorization Rules for Distance Learning Programs

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Development Handbook.) The Department of Education (ED) proposed to amend its institutional eligibility regulations for programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA)…


Sneak Preview: Agencies Offer Pre-Award Risk Assessment Tools

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Development Handbook.) Officials from two state agencies shared lessons learned on conducting pre-award risk assessments, as well as advice for other federal agencies and grant applicants, during a…


When Should You Hire a Grants Consultant

Grantseeking can be a daunting task even for seasoned applicants, and may seem nearly impossible if you’re a newer or smaller organization, or one with less experience with grants development. You might be eligible for any number of public or…


Sneak Preview: USAID Changes Rules on Overseas Funding for Religious Organizations

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Development Handbook.) The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently updated its regulations relating to the ability of religious organizations to apply for USAID funds for overseas projects…