Almost every government entity, from the U.S. Department of Commerce to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to state government departments, has grant money available annually to help fund economic development projects. Millions of dollars are available for both economic development training and projects. Below is a selected list of such opportunities.
Not long ago, we did a series on government funding and how the new fiscal habits have changed the face of grant funding. Now more than ever, many organizations are being forced to rely on non-government funds as a source of funding. In this blog, part one of a two-part series, we discuss some of the differences in funding sources (information from the United States Department of Agriculture’s “A Guide to Funding Resources” as well as some of the questions to consider when beginning your funding search. In part two of this series, we will go into more depth regarding those same questions and provide some examples of finding good matches.
Benjamin Franklin said “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” When municipalities fail to prepare for emergencies and natural disasters, lives could be at stake. Quality planning often requires funding. Unfortunately, funding for disaster planning is decreasing just as the number of disasters is increasing. The National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) recently published its 2012 biannual report, which is a comprehensive survey of all the state emergency management agencies, and that survey showed that at least 20 states cut their budgets in the past three years. Beyond that, there were numerous local governments that had budgets cut and programs consolidated. State and local governments are also dealing with furloughs, hiring freezes, and layoffs.