Category Archives: Grant Writing

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…

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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…

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Grant Professionals Week Begins Today!

This week is going to be an exciting week! Not only is it the start of the NCAA basketball tournament and all the hype surrounding that event both on the court and off, but today marks the beginning of International…

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Thompson Joins GPA in Celebrating International Grants Professionals Week

The calendar is full of special days, weeks or months to recognize certain members of society. We have Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Veteran’s Day, Black History Month, Spanish Heritage Month, and so on. But have we ever recognized grants professionals?…

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Norman Dong Leaves as OMB Acting Controller

Sometimes you can’t tell the players without a program. Here we are, during one of the most pivotal times in the history of federal grants as grant stakeholders attempt to understand the changes in the Office of Management and Budget’s…

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OMB’s Final Grants Reform Guidance Could Be Near — If…

Not that I often get a chance to see many Broadway shows, but there currently is a somewhat popular musical on stage these days called “If/Then,” which wonders aloud “what if” life could be different and follows diverging paths based…

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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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A Lesson Learned from My Recent Golf Outing — Part 2

Back about a year-and-a-half ago, I wrote a blog post about a round of golf I played with my brother. The post basically discussed how terribly I played because it was the first time I had played in two years…

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Sneak Preview: FHWA Plans To Collect Better Highway Safety Data

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Federal Highway Administration is taking steps to ensure states provide better data on the Highway Safety Improvement Program through the agency’s online reporting tool in response…

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Sneak Preview: Obama Challenges Governors to Increase Education Funding

(This post is based on an upcoming article in Thompson’s Local/State Funding Report. Subscribers can read the entire piece in their March 12 issue.) President Obama used his audience at the recent meeting of the National Governors Association as an…

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