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.
This virtual boot camp will cover the following aspects:
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.