Federal & Foundation Assistance Monitor

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Upcoming Confirmation Hearing Spurs Release of Solicitations

Although the Senate is still finalizing the confirmation for President Trumpís Labor Dept. secretary, the agencyís Employment and Training Administration is moving forward with several of its FY 2017 funding competitions that arenít controversial. The programs being competed focus on at-risk youths and homeless veterans, as well as Native American populations.

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Administration to Prioritize Substance Abuse Programs

While the Trump Administration wonít release its formal FY 2018 budget request until May, it has released a blueprint that provides initial details, including a proposed $603 billion in defense spending, a $54 billion increase over the current level of spending, and a decrease to $462 billion in non-defense discretionary spending.

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Agency Restarts FY 2017 Grantmaking

With Betsy DeVos confirmed as the 11th Education Dept. Secretary on Feb. 7, the agency has restarted FY 2017 grantmaking, with several popular programs currently being competed. The agency temporarily halted competitions after the Trump administration began in January, and as the Senate finalized DeVosí confirmation.

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Hearing Focuses on Higher Education Fixes

At a recent House Committee on Education and the Workforce hearing on higher education, witnesses provided insights on the challenges facing Americaís colleges and universities, including rising costs and an overly com

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Executive Orders Outline Funding Priorities

President Trump signs an executive order on preventing violence against federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement officers, which provides a glimpse of the funding priorities the Justice Department may have under the new administration.

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FY 2017 Federal Grantmaking Momentarily Stalls

The release of FY 2017 federal funding solicitations has decreased since the inauguration of President Trump due to several factors. The government operating under a continuing resolution (PL 114-254), the Senateís delay in confirming Trump administration federal agency secretaries and overall uncertainty on the direction of federal funding under the new administration are among the major causes for the holdup in FY 2017 grantmaking.

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Private Sources Abound for Arts, Culture Programs

With the Republican-led Congress working on an omnibus funding measure to keep the governmental operational through the current fiscal year, the Trump administration is reportedly pushing for decreases in arts and culture funding at the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities. Congress must act on an omnibus funding measure before the current continuing resolution (PL 114-254) expires on April 28.

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HUD to Expand Popular Housing Demonstration

(Comment Deadline: March 24) The Office of Public and Indian Housing (HUD) is moving forward with an expansion of the Moving to Work Demonstration Program (CFDA Number: 14.881), which was authorized by the 2016 MTW Expansion Statute in the FY 2016 Appropriations Act (P.L. 114-113). The MTW demonstr...

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Agency Moving Forward with Solicitations

The change in White House administrations and the accompanying funding uncertainty isnít stopping the Employment and Training Administration (DOL) from preparing solicitations for a few of its programs for release as early as this month. ETA administers federal government job training and worker dislocation programs, federal grants to states for public employment service programs and unemployment insurance benefits. These services are primarily provided through state and local workforce development systems.

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Domestic Violence Grantmaking Season Starts

Those seeking domestic violence funding have several current competitions to consider at federal agencies and private foundations, as well as many upcoming opportunities. The Office on Violence Against Women (DOJ), the leading federal funding source for domestic violence programs, for instance, is accepting applications for many of its funding programs.

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