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April 30, 2009

Re:  Important Federal Recovery Act Grant Application Changes

Dear Mayor:

Senator Menendez’ Office has advised us that due to the expected increase in system activity resulting from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has authorized steps to alleviate system strain and quickly increase system capacity.

As part of this strategy, select programs may choose to use alternate systems to process grant applications during this heightened period of demand. As a result, once you have identified your grant opportunity, be sure to carefully read the instructions to ensure you are following proper submission procedures for that program, even if you have applied before.

Note that will still be the one place to find all available Federal grant opportunities. All opportunities posted on will include specific application instructions, including as appropriate, instructions for submitting applications outside of

The Department of Health and Human Services, which runs, says these agencies will either accept some or all grant applications outside of

*          Corporation for National and Community Service
*          Defense Department;
*          Education Department
*          Energy Department;
*          Department of Housing and Urban Development
*          Justice Department;
*          Transportation Department
*          Environmental Protection Agency
*          NASA
*          National Science Foundation

OMB expects these 10 agencies to help reduce the number of applications running through by at least 50,000. OMB has said that this is a short term fix to deal with the expected large influx of applications this summer. But applicants must pay attention to the application process described in the opportunity.

We thank Senator Menendez and his staff for quickly communicating this change to us, so that we can give you the tools to maximize the benefits of the Recovery Bill for your residents.

Very truly yours,


William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director


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