Wednesday, July 20, 2016

"Power & Transformation Day!"

Feeling powerless? No progress in your life? Thursday is "Power & Transformation Day!" I'm honored to be the Special Guest of Dr. Keith & Dr. Nicole Farmer and the Lifeline Show
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

What Is The Consultant's Business Experience?

One of the first questions you should ask a business consultant before you hire them is what type of business experience they had before they became a business consultant.

You want to be sure that they know exactly what is involved with business before you hire them, because it will make you feel more comfortable that they are able to help you.

You want to be certain that the person is sensible when it comes to the bottom line, that they are going to be able to help you achieve the types of results that you are looking for, and that they will be able to work efficiently but quickly.

Ideally, the consultant has experience as a turnaround specialist for a corporation, or they were a chief executive officer.

That way the chances are good that they know about the need for quick results, know how to deal with cost control, and has come under high pressure scrutiny.

If you hire someone that has this type of experience, you are going to be making a great decision with your business consultant.

They have the same types of goals and attributes that are important to you, and they will help you to get your company in the direction that it should go.

Even though most people who are interviewing business consultants may not think about this, it is something that should be a part of your interview.

The answer to this all important question will help you to know if the person is the type of consultant that you are looking for.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Who Are Eligible for Federal Grants

Who are eligible for federal grants? If you think about it, almost everyone is eligible for a federal grant as long as this is not used for personal gain. Through the years, organizations which have a vision are the ones that are awarded the much needed funding they need. 

On a government level, this usually include city or township governments, local governments, Native American tribal governments, special district governments and state governments. Various federal agencies are at work here and this may include the Department of Justice, Department of Agriculture and Department of Commerce to name a few.  

For schools, these consist of public and state controlled institutions of higher education, independent school districts and private institutions of higher education that are under the Department of Education. 

For housing, a federal grant is usually given to public and Indian housing authorities that fall under the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Non-profit organizations may also get a federal grant. This is regardless if the organization has or does not have 501(c)(3) status with the IRS.

Small businesses may also avail of a federal grant as long as it meets the size standards that are set by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

To give you an idea, this includes most manufacturing and mining industries that have 500 employees, wholesale trade industries that have 100 employees, retail and service industries that make $6 million, general and heavy construction industries that make $28.5 million, special trade contractors that make $12 million and agricultural industries that make $0.75 million.

If your organization is not within the standards set the by the SBA, you can check their website to find out if there is another way to get a federal grant. 

Individuals may also apply for a federal grant as long as this is not used for personal gain. To do this, you submit your application together with your proposal not on not on behalf of a company, organization, institution, or government. Remember you can apply for a grant proposal that is catered to organizations and vice versa.

To find out what federal grants there are available, you are advised to go online at grants.gov. As you explore the site, you will be able to see if you qualify and what are the requirements. 

You can even complete the application form and submit this online. You also have the option to download everything and then send this through registered mail. 

After visiting the website, you will notice that anyone is eligible for the Federal Grant. Since there are not that many programs issues every year and this is divided into the different federal agencies, you should write a very good proposal detailing what you want to achieve. 

So you can monitor the update of your application, don’t forget your CFDA Number, Funding Opportunity Number, Competition ID or Grants.gov Tracking Number. 

If you don’t get it this year, don’t be discouraged and try again the following year or whenever it is once again open. Be sure to submit all the documents on or before the deadline so whichever agency that will handle your application will have ample time to review your proposal. 

Once you get the federal grant, spend it wisely because the money you are using belongs to the taxpayer. 

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Friday, June 24, 2016

What is a Federal Grant

Do you need money from the federal government? Well, you can get it if the government decides to award the federal grant to you. 

But what is a federal grant? Basically it is financial assistance given from one of the several federal agencies. When it is given, it is suppose to carry out a public purpose of support or stimulation authorized by a law of the United States. 

There are two types of federal grants namely project and formula grants. 

Those covered by the project grants are those aimed for the arts, education, health care, scientific research, social services and technology development.

The formula grants on the other hand are mandated by law and there are various levels for this type of grant namely categorical, block and earmark grants. 

Categorical grants have a narrowly defined purpose and recipients must have the same amount of money needed to avail of this program. To get a block grant, you don’t need to produce the same amount of capital. Of the three, earmarks grants are quite controversial because lobbyists not ordinary people are the ones involved in securing it.

But how do you apply for a federal grant? To apply for it, you have to fill up an application form and then attach certain documents with it. The most important of which happens to be your proposal. 

Your proposal should not only have a nice cover letter. It must have something worth reading from beginning to end. 

While introductions are nice, those reviewing the proposal would like to know more based on the problems your proposal wishes to address, the objectives, how you propose to do it, how much money you will need, the length of time of the project, the measures of success and in the end, a summary of what you are proposing. 

If you are able to submit a good proposal which falls under Executive Order 12372 and you are able to get the support of business and community leaders as well as elected officials, the chances of it being awarded are much higher. 

Before you send out your proposal for the federal grant, write it one or two times and then have this checked by an outside party. If you are not happy with the proposal, rewrite it again because everything should be clear and concise. 

When the final draft has been made, bind everything together using either clamps or hard covers. To get good points, find out from the Federal agency you are writing to which one they prefer. Send this by registered mail and just wait for a reply from the government. 

Aside from the federal grant, this is also offered by private non-profit organizations such as foundations, not-for-profit corporations or charitable trusts which are all collectively referred to as charities. So don’t lose hope if your application for a federal grant was given to someone else. 

You just have to go through the same process because this is the way it is done when you need funding for a special project. 

The federal grant is one way for the government to give back the money that it gets from the taxpayers. If after careful review the committee sees that your project will benefit your community or even a greater number of its citizens, there is no doubt that this will be awarded to you. 

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

EHS Expansion and EHS-CC Partnership Funding Opportunity Announcements

Early Head Start Expansion
Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership
Funding Opportunity Announcements


The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces approximately $135 million in funding available to expand access to high-quality, comprehensive services for low-income infants and toddlers and their families. This funding will support the creation of Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships and the expansion of Early Head Start (EHS) services to children and families. ACF solicits applications from public entities, including states, or private non-profit organizations, including community-based or faith-based organizations, or for-profit agencies that meet eligibility for applying as stated in section 645A of the Head Start Act.

Find the Funding Opportunity Announcements
Monday June 27, 2016 2-3pm (EST)

On June 27, ACF will host a pre-application webinar for interested parties. It will provide details about EHS Expansion and EHS-CC Partnership grants.

The recorded webinar will be available to watch on-demand immediately after the presentation on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) Grant Application Toolkit under EHS-CC Partnerships.

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What Government Agencies Give Out Federal Grants

Applying for a federal grant is a challenging since you are competing with others for the same thing. To see if you are eligible to apply for it, you should know what government agencies out there award this to deserving recipients. 

The first is the Agency for International Development. The job of this agency is to provide economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 100 countries. So if you are organization wants to provide food and other aid to poverty stricken nations, this is the agency you address your proposal to. 

On a national level, if you want to encourage volunteers to help fellow Americans, you can address your grant proposal to the Corporation for National and Community Service. 

If you are a farmer and have not yet switched to organic farming, you can get a federal grant from the US Department of Agriculture. 

The country’s economy needs to thrive despite the economic recession. If you have ideas that can help sustain that or provide jobs to thousands that are currently unemployed, you can write a grant proposal to the Department of Commerce.

After 9/11, the U.S. government have stepped up efforts to prevent terrorist attacks from happening again. If you have an idea that could help improve that both at home and abroad, you can apply for a federal grant through the Department of Defense, the Department of State or the Department of Homeland Security.

Our children are the future of this nation and this can only be done through the educational system. If your organization wants to improve the quality of education, your grant proposal should be addressed to the Department of Education.

Scientific research is important as the president encourages renewable energy sources. If you have ideas in mind that could further reduce the dependency on oil and other non-renewable resources, you can get federal funding from the Department of Energy.

The health of the citizens is important. If you have ideas which you want to explore that will help the current healthcare system, you can send your application and proposal to the Department of Health and Human Services.

A lot of people have lost their homes and their jobs due to the recession. If you know a way how to improve the housing or the unemployment situation, send your proposal to the Department of Housing and Urban Development or the Department of Labor.

The country should always support the arts and its history. While we have museums and other institutions that do that, new ideas are always welcome so you can write a proposal to the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Archives and Records or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

People should be more concerned about the environment especially since we have begun to experience climate change. To continue this struggle and to protect the environment even more, a grant proposal must be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA.

The various federal agencies mentioned focus on a lot of things from agriculture all the way to the nation’s security. When you do apply for a federal grant, this is not for personal gain but rather your contribution to make this country a better place for you and your children to live in. 

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What Are Federal Grants?

Federal grants are financial assistance given by the United States government to support groups and agencies.  There are grant programs being offered by federal agencies, every year there are about 1,000 grant programs offered.  Grants can be used by the non-profit and non-government organizations like foundations and charities.  

Those who can apply for a grant should establish that they are organizations established for public purpose.  Federal grants are provided to increase the capability of the organization to provide public service and public-driven activities. 

Aside from encouraging non-government organization to assist the public,  federal grants also help the federal government to establish a working relationship and partnership with other organizations without spending too much.  These grants also help in combining resources and expertise from the government and those in the non-government organizations for the benefit of the public.  

One thing is clear with federal grants though, it cannot be used to acquire or buy any property or services for the benefit of the federal government.  But it can be used by any means by the recipient through any kind of activities created by the organization or by any means following the restrictions created by federal government who granted the assistance. 

Even with the intention of helping out the public, the grant cannot be used on any expeditious method of acquiring services.  There are always requirements and particularities mentioned in the contract upon the presentation of the grant.  

The truth is federal grant is not “free money or financial aid”.  A grantee or the recipient of the grant is required to fulfil obligations expected by the federal government who awarded the grant.  If the recipient for any reason failed to comply with the responsibilities that the grant requires, the recipient would definitely face legal woes.  

Most of the projects by non-government organization who received a grant would include re-training of workers who have just recently lost their jobs, projects that would attract investors in depressed localities, street or road projects, and other projects or programs similar to these.

Aside from fulfilling the obligations awarded along with the grant, the recipient should also be prepared for complete financial auditing that the government will do.  The grant money spent should be properly accounted for and have followed the restrictions that come with grant money.  The money not spent is forwarded to the National Treasury.  If there would be changes while the grant money is being used, the government should be notified and approve the said changes.  If there is a time frame or project phasing, the dates should be met accordingly.  

Usually, a grant will take as long as 3 years.  All those three years should be properly accounted for.  Government audits are done at least annually.  Not following these rules or any guidelines stated by the grant could result to imprisonment due to theft of public funds and other economic and legal trouble.

Federal grants also have similar programs outside the United States.  There are subsidies offered by other countries’ governments to charities and foundations to subsidize and continue their projects.  

To acquire for a grant, it is important to prepare it like how you prepare a business plan.  When writing or applying for a grant, the reasons for applying and the how to public will benefit fro the project should be clearly stated.  You would like to make an impact on the federal agency reviewing the federal grant application. 


Government money came from the public, therefore it is important to make sure that the public’s money serve the people.  And that is what federal grants are for.  

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