Grant Writing Advice and Tips: The Grant Helpers Blog

Types of Federal Grants

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 @ 16:04 PM

Not all federal grants are created equal. Mandatory grants and discretionary grants each come with separate sets of rules and criteria. In this blog article, we highlight some of the key features and differences of each and provide you with examples of these programs.

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Topics: municipality grants, federal grants, types of grants, grant writing hints, municipality grant, Grant Writing Tips, federal spending, municipality services

Philanthropy and Grant Outlook for 2014

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 @ 16:12 PM

It’s that time of year again. A time for resolutions and a look back at the year that was. The world of grant-making is no exception. It’s important to look at the past year to see what new processes and tools developed, how these advances have been used, and how they will shape the future. GrantCraft, a project of the Foundation Center, recently released Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2014 by Lucy Bernholz. Bernholz has been working in, writing about, and consulting about the philanthropy world since 1990. This is the fifth annual industry forecast she has penned.

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Topics: grant trend, funding trend, 501(c)(3), Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 201, foundations, foundation grant money, federal spending

Be Proactive About Protecting Your Municipal Budget

Posted by Rebecca Motley on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 @ 19:04 PM

It is certainly no secret that many states across the country are struggling financially. Public pension burdens can be staggering, costs of providing education and Medicaid continue to rise, and legislators are scrapping to find solutions. The state of Illinois, home of, is a prime example of this phenomenon. Right now, the Illinois State Legislature is considering two areas that specifically affect municipal revenue:

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Topics: federal grant budget, government grant budget, government spending, Budgets, state funding cuts, federal spending, municipality revenues