LSA Washington – September 23, 2011
A regular publication from the LSA Public Policy Office
Request for Proposals for 2011 US Disaster Recovery Grant Program
From Lutheran Disaster Response: Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) was recently made aware of a grant opportunity through AmeriCares. The organization will be providing grants to organizations providing disaster relief in response to any U.S. disaster from February through August of this year. The grant amounts will be between $10,000 and $100,000. Among the priority areas for funding are counseling and psychosocial support, case management, and rebuilding projects.
Information about the grant, application requirements and deadlines, and eligibility are available upon request. For more information, contact Mike Nevergall, Associate Program Director for LDR, at 800.638.3522, ext. 2863 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Resources to States to Support Home and Community Based Services
The US Department of Health and Human Services released details last week about the State Balancing Incentive Payment Program (BIPP) to help states rebalance their home and community-based services and their institutional services provided through Medicaid. Thirty-nine states have been identified by HHS as spending less than fifty percent of their Medicaid long term services dollars on home and community based services and thus are eligible for additional federal matching dollars to address the inequity. See this link to see if your state qualifies for the funds.
Final Rules Implementing Form 990 Released
From Independent Sector: In early September, the Internal Revenue Service released final regulations (T.D. 9549) implementing the redesigned Form 990, “Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax." The final rules are effective September 8, 2011, when they are scheduled to appear in the Federal Register.
To learn more about the Form 990 final regulations, click HERE.
Source: BNA Daily Tax Report
Join Nonprofit VOTE for September Webinar on Nonpartisan Voter Registration
The ABCs of Nonpartisan Voter Registration
Thursday, September 29th at 2:00pm Eastern
Registering to vote is the first and most necessary step to becoming an active and engaged voter. This webinar will discuss how nonprofits can conduct effective, nonpartisan voter registration, emphasizing on-site strategies. The discussion will help groups decide what makes the most sense given staffing, time, and other constraints. Nonprofit VOTE will also share their new Voter Registration Toolkit and other online tools that will help in planning and executing successful voter registration activities.
The featured presenter is Bridgette Rongitsch, a consultant with Grassroots Solutions, a firm that helps nonprofits, campaigns, and other groups organize, train, and mobilize grassroots supporters. She is the former national director of Nonprofit VOTE and previously worked as an organizer for the Minnesota Participation Project.