The Future of Federal Funding 2018: A Boot Camp

How the new federal giving environment could affect how you secure a grant, and what you need to do to continue securing grants.

Frank Klimko
90 minutes
September 14, 2018
Language: English
CFRE - 1.5 Credits | GPC - 1.5 Credits

Federal Funding in 2018: How to Secure Funding in a Tougher Environment

President Donald Trump has now been in office for a year, but the direction of federal funding remains as unsettled as it was a year ago. Washington DC is a tumult, making it hard to discern where federal funding is headed for FY 2018. Deep cuts in the FY 2017 federal budget proposed by the president were stymied by the coalition in both the House and Senate that resisted Trump’s efforts at retrenchment. Now, Congress is working to overhaul the federal budget again while we are in the middle of the current fiscal year, FY 2018.

While private giving has shown some resilience, savvy grants seekers look to the federal government where the big money is handed out. The largest award median for government funders (an aggregate of local, state, and federal government) was $182,500, according to a fall giving survey. That was a 24% increase from the spring report. The federal government’s largest award median was $580,100.

There has been continuous talk about deep cuts to the federal funding stream. But, in any budget, there will be winners and losers. Things are further complicated by the fact that unlike private grants, which have a larger application window, federal grants have a very short application period, so grant writers must be nimble and move swiftly to qualify, apply and win these grants.

Many people still don’t realize that age matters in the philanthropic world, particularly with the federal government. It tends to look for proof of an organization’s sustainability as evidenced by its age. Over 80% of organizations that reported the federal government as the source of their largest award were over 25 years old, compared to 50% of organizations that reported corporations as the source of their largest award.

Going after money is hard work; in fact, it's probably the hardest part of any grant-seeker's job. Grant-seekers must be willing to go hat-in-hand seeking funding, and must prove and show why their organization deserves the funding as opposed to anyone else's. They have to make their organization as attractive as possible to the potential donors. And all that takes funding. Grantseekers need to know where to look for federal funding. Join this virtual boot camp, where expert speaker Frank Klimko will equip you with the knowledge and training to cope in this new, tougher and tighter federal giving environment. You will get inside knowledge of the federal budget. This session will equip you with the skills that you can apply to "muscle-out" the competition for funding grants authorized through the new administration, besides updating and informing you on what's trending.

Getting on the federal funding bandwagon early is the best way for you to position yourself for the grant. Frank will offer you knowledge of behind-the-scene details so that you could be on your way to secure some of the new funds.Frank will provide not only concrete information on the direction of federal funding this year and beyond but will also offer certain hidden details. He will cover a broad range of federal funding programs that are anticipated to receive robust support.

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Session Agenda

Health Care

This session will look at federal healthcare funding. Lawmakers have already set aside an additional $2.1 billion for the Veterans Choice Program. The benefit is for veterans who face wait times in the excess of 30 days for needed medical care, or for whom a regular VA medical facility is inaccessible. Lawmakers have also sought to extend the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). In some states, CHIP also covers pregnant women.

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Additionally, HHS’ National Institutes of Health (HHS) has an open competition to study the Effects of In Utero Alcohol Exposure on Adult Health and Disease. Grants support research on how prenatal alcohol exposure may contribute to the etiology of chronic diseases and health conditions later in life. NIH seeks to stimulate research.

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Children and Youth

This session will cover funding for children and youth. Continued funding for programs to help homeless and street youth are also anticipated. The venerable Street Outreach Program overseen by the HHS Administration for Children & Families (HHS) is projected to receive about $6 million this year. The program supports street-based services for runaway, homeless and street youths who have been subjected to, or are at risk of sexual abuse,

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prostitution or sexual exploitation. These services assist youths in making healthy choices regarding where they choose to stay. Priority is generally given to those with experience providing both shelter and services to street youth.

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This session will look at numerous agencies for education grants. The National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health have a joint effort to aid research on biological and mathematical sciences. They are seeking research in mathematics and statistics on questions in the biological and biomedical sciences. Both agencies recognize the urgency for promoting research that addresses interfaces between the mathematical

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sciences and the life sciences. The Institute of Museum and Library Services will again offer its Native American Library Services: Basic Grants. That funding, about $2.5 million, supports existing library operations and to maintain core library services at Native American libraries. You may request the Education or Assessment Option for tribal library staff to: attend library-related continuing education courses or training workshops; attend or give presentations at conferences related to library services; and hire a consultant for an onsite professional library assessment.

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Funding Forecasts

This session will look to the future of federal funding. HHS’ Administration for Community Living will offer another round of the Evidence-Based Falls Prevention competition. They are expected to make available $4 million for 10 awards. The program increases the number of older adults and adults with disabilities at risk for falls who participate in evidence-based community programs to reduce falls and fall risk, while increasing the

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sustainability of these programs. Also, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will offer the Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants later this year. The program will improve the quality of life in rural communities by addressing the relationship between rural prosperity and rural health and safety in the context of food, agriculture, natural resources and human sciences.

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

This session will provide you the latest details on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which was recently updated. The reauthorization makes sweeping changes for the way the federal grantmaking agencies give out money. The new WIOA too has made sector training a requirement for states. These are training programs that promise good jobs

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without college degrees, with many new initiatives popping up. Get the knowledge and training to meet the new requirements of the WIOA.

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Session Highlights

This virtual boot camp will cover the following aspects:

  • Federal opportunities available now at numerous federal agencies, including ones at the national endowment for the arts and the education department
  • Hot topics that grant seekers need to keep abreast of
  • Outside-the-box opportunities at the federal funding level
  • A special section on how to shake the money tree: The world of the nonprofits isn't always pretty but is always very competitive
  • An interactive and fun quiz for you to sharpen your knowledge of federal grant making
  • Affinity groups
  • Branding specialists
  • Health services departments
  • Nutrition advocates
  • Obesity advocates
  • Cities
  • Colleges
  • Community action agencies
  • Community and neighborhood associations
  • Community foundations
  • Education departments
  • Educators
  • Faith-based and community groups
  • For-profits
  • Foundations
  • Governments
  • Grant writers
  • Hospitals
  • Justice and correctional associations
  • Maternal health providers
  • Outdoor recreation centers, playgrounds
  • Philanthropic organizations
  • Private funding match providers
  • Recreation centers
  • Regional foundations
  • School districts
  • School funding officers
  • Soup kitchens
  • State agencies
  • TANF agencies
  • Welfare agencies
Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko edits Children & Youth Funding Report, a Washington DC area-based publication which covers Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. It is a national publication that is updated daily on the website. Frank also edits Private Grants Alert, which covers the world of private philanthropy. Frank is a veteran journalist with more than 30 years’ experience covering federal, state and local government. Earlier, he was part of a Pulitzer-prize nominated newspaper investigative project in California. He is an expert on the federal Freedom of Information Act.

A nationally-known speechwriter/speaker, Frank co-produces monthly audio-conferences that provide an insider’s view of federal regulations, new billion-dollar spending projects and grant-making priorities. The audio conferences have helped hundreds of listeners better position themselves for funding, burnish their applications and get a firmer grip on the federal/private money tree.