Category Archives: Budget Preparation

Grant Program Cuts Proposed in President’s FY 2019 Budget

On the heels of Congress and the White House reaching a spending deal for federal fiscal year (FY) 2018, President Trump has issued his FY 2019 budget proposal. The proposal, like the 2018 White House budget proposal, includes numerous substantial…

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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.

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Grantee Certifications Could Create a Level of High Anxiety

If you’ve ever purchased a home, you may have gotten this nervous feeling in your gut during the closing. Remember how you were presented with a stack of documents to sign with tons of legal language. Then you were asked…

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A Personal View of Grantseeking During the Federal Shutdown

In case you noticed last week that the posts to Funding Attractions were somewhat sparse, there was good reason. We here at Thompson were converting our networks with those of our new owner, Columbia Books and Information Services, based in…

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Congress Plays Kick the Can

Was that so hard? Finally, the shutdown is over. Until…

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Not All Training Has Gone With the Wind

In one of the more memorable scenes in the classic movie “Gone With The Wind,” a determined Scarlett O’Hara dramatically holds her fist in the air and declares “As God is my witness, I shall never be hungry again.” Such determination…

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Stymied by the Vast Number of Barricades

A few years back, I cut out a political cartoon that ran in our local newspaper to hang on my office wall. The cartoon humorously depicted how life had become in D.C. The cartoon ran in the spring during the…

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Doggone Shutdown – Literally!

We now enter the second week of the federal government shutdown with no end in sight as Congress continues to ignore the obvious need to address federal funding to keep our country running. House Republicans had offered that services are…

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Get The Locks Ready, the Doors Are Closing

So here we are, Sept. 30. This should be a time of excitement – football is in full swing, baseball playoffs are set to begin, kids are planning what to wear for Halloween, numerous fall festivals are on the schedule….

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The Future Is Kind of Cloudy Right Now

Oh, to have a crystal ball. We could look into it to determine how the Office of Management and Budget’s proposed grants reform guidance would turn out, and we could identify which grant programs drew the short end of the…

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