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Fundamental Freedoms Fund

May 21, 2011 5:36 pm Published by

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, a division of the Department of State, is offering a funding opportunity in the estimated amount of $3,000,000 for the Fundamental Freedoms Fund.

The Fundamental Freedoms Fund promotes the fundamental freedoms of individuals living in countries that violate or deny those basic rights.

The funds are to be used to sponsor and organize a wide range of assistance activities endorsing fundamental freedoms, such as increasing public awareness of religious freedom and developing public advocacy and civic education campaigns.

Fundamental Freedoms Fund

There has NOT been a government spending binge – Topix

May 6, 2011 6:32 am Published by

Krugman posted some worthwhile charts on this, but there’s basically two key elements to keep in mind.

The first is that spending rose as a percentage of GDP, not because of a spending binge, but because GDP went down so sharply during the Great Recession.

But what about the rest? There are safety-net programs — unemployment insurance, food stamps, SSI, refundable tax credits — that respond to help families in need during down times.

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There has NOT been a government spending binge – Topix

The Federal Deficit – How the Government Spends Your Money – Government Grants for Prisoner Re-Entry

March 16, 2011 8:27 pm Published by

How much money is getting cut and how will it affect me?

That’s the question on many Americans’ minds right now, after the 2011 proposed federal budget – with its possible cuts to benefits for health, veterans and other vital interests – was released by President Barack Obama this past week.

According to published reports, the House of Representatives, controlled by the Republican party, is in the process of creating its own budget, which hopes to offset the current federal deficit of trillions of dollars.

However there are still many vital government grants available that will help communities across the United States.

via The Federal Deficit – How the Government Spends Your Money – Government Grants for Prisoner Re-Entry.

President Obama’s 2012 Budget: In-Depth Analysis

February 18, 2011 9:42 pm Published by

National Priorities Project offers four detailed analyses of President Obama’s $3.7 trillion budget for Fiscal Year 2012 focused on: expenditures, revenue and deficits, the impact of federal spending on the states and a detailed FY2012 budget overview with a selection of actual and projected revenue and spending charts.

Findings include:

* Deficits are more about revenues than spending

* The recession is a major contributor to the near-term growth of mandatory spending

* More jobs, more growth projected

* Domestic programs capped and cut

* Defense spending experiences slowed growth

* The economy demands the continued evolution of healthcare policy

* Changes to federal aid-to-states (data for 33 programs available and downloadable)

via President Obama’s 2012 Budget: In-Depth Analysis.

5 Tips for Getting a Small Business Grant

February 18, 2011 3:11 am Published by

Running a business is tough enough. Acquiring the appropriate funding only adds to the complexity. The entrepreneur can look to personal assets and friends along with financial institutions for loans. There are also some private investors available if the small business owner knows where to look. But what about a small business grant? What does it take to obtain one? Here are some easy tips for the small business owner:

1.   There are Federal small business grants as well as state small business grants. The entrepreneur should explore both options, but be aware that there are very few Federal small business grant opportunities available. Nonetheless, it would be worth investigating.

2.   Be prepared for a long process. The small business grant process can take up to a year. There is a significant amount of paperwork and follow-up involved. The small business owner should be prepared to take a significant amount of time to complete the paperwork and do the appropriate follow up with the grant agency.

3.   Provide complete and accurate information for the small business grant. Incomplete or inaccurate application information can delay the approval process or completely derail the approval process.

4.   A well-prepared business plan will go a long way. The entrepreneur should be able to clearly explain in the business plan how the small business grant will benefit the government agency. The business plan should also demonstrate how well the entrepreneur understands the business and how the grant monies will be utilized. 

In addition to the business plan, having statements from experts such as accountants, lawyers, and consultants can further enhance the entrepreneur’s credibility.

5.   Know the grant officer and the small business grant process. Ongoing follow-up with the grant officer will help to move the process along. Any follow-up should be professional and should not be too demanding of the grant officer’s time. A simple professional follow-up every couple of weeks should be adequate. can get the entrepreneur started with the small business grant process. We also provide a listing of all grants from the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).  Many grants favor minority business owners or businesses located in rural communities. However there can be grants available for almost any type of business. 

It does take time to research, and some small businesses contract this work to consultants in order to find the right small business grant. Persistence and patience can pay off for those willing to go the distance for a small business grant.

This article was written by Karen Neal, an expert
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Americans Know How to Solve Deficit, University of Maryland Study Finds

February 5, 2011 2:03 am Published by

A new University of Maryland study finds that when average Americans are presented the federal budget in some detail, most are able to reduce the budget deficit dramatically and resolve the Social Security shortfall. Through a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, on average, respondents cut the discretionary budget deficit projected for 2015 by seventy percent. Six in ten solved the problem of the projected Social Security shortfall through adjustments in payroll taxes, premiums, and benefits. The projected Medicare shortfall was also dramatically reduced.

via AS-deficit-solution.

What is All About

January 26, 2011 7:49 pm Published by was established as a governmental resource named the E-Grants Initiative, part of the President’s 2002 Fiscal Year Management Agenda to improve government services to the public.

The concept has its origins in the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999, also known as Public Law 106-107. Public Law 106-107 has since sunset and is now known as the Grants Policy Committee (GPC).

via – About

Is Government Spending Really Out of Control

December 10, 2010 9:54 am Published by

Interesting chart today in the Atlanta Journal Constitution via Felx Salmon at Reuters.


Federal Taxes as Percent of GDP

Then there is the reality, as depicted in the chart above, posted initially by Felix Salmon, a Reuters blogger. As it illustrates, the federal government today takes less of our GDP than it has for most of the past 60 years.

… Payroll taxes paid mainly by working people have grown considerably, both as a percentage of GDP and as a percentage of federal revenue.

…Estate and gift taxes have been reduced to irrelevance. Our poor, overtaxed yet somehow highly profitable corporate sector also contributes much less than it did during the economic boom years of the ’50s and ’60s.

Federal Government Grant and Assistance Programs

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