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Governor Bobby Jindal issues executive order to create online grants portal

Baton Rouge - Governor Bobby Jindal has signed an executive order - 'Executive Department Grants Portal, BJ 2008-76' - directing the Division of Administration to create an online grants portal, containing information on all grants distributed by state government, including federal grants that are administered by the state of Louisiana.

Commissioner of Administration Angele Davis said, 'The purpose of the grants portal will be to provide a 'one-stop shop' making it easier for groups seeking assistance to find all resources available to them through the state. The portal is also an important part of our continuing fiscal reforms efforts, raising awareness about competitive and formula-based grant opportunities to reduce duplicative spending and the need for line-item appropriations.'

While Gov. Jindal vetoed 258 earmarked spending items from the budget, many people may not be aware that funds are already available for many similar activities through competitive or formula-based grant programs. For instance, the budget includes $7.6 million in federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families funds for after-school programs; $4.85 million for economic development regional awards and matching grants; $44.7 million through the Office of Youth Development for at-risk youth mentoring, prevention and diversion programs; and $6 million for cultural and arts grant programs.

In addition, $10 million is available through the Local Government Assistance Program for infrastructure and long-term capital improvements in rural areas. And formula funding for parish Councils on Aging was included in the budget at $2.87 million, a formula the Governor has suggested needs to be revised next year to more fairly address important senior services, and reduce the need for line items to fund them. All of this is on top of $6.6 billion in federal Community Development Block Grant funding available to local governments for housing, economic development, and infrastructure assistance.

Executive order to create online grants portal:

WHEREAS, the state of Louisiana desires to effectively maximize the use of federal, state and private grant funds available to local governments, nonprofits and private citizens;
WHEREAS, the state of Louisiana desires to increase the awareness of availability of such funds and programs available to agencies of the state, units of local government, as well as nonprofit and faith-based organizations;
WHEREAS, the state of Louisiana desires to reduce duplication of effort among the agencies of the state;
WHEREAS, there are a multitude of existing federal and state grants available;
WHEREAS, the state of Louisiana seeks to encourage the use of competitive grant funding by local governments as well as nonprofit and faith-based organizations;
WHEREAS, the state of Louisiana seeks to make searching for grant funding easier by consolidating application information into a single location;
WHEREAS, citizens, local governments and nonprofit organizations should be able to find information on available grants in a single location;
WHEREAS, the Division of Administration is part of the executive branch of the state of Louisiana;
NOW THEREFORE, I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the state of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and the laws of the state of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: The Division of Administration shall create an online grants portal. This portal shall contain information on all grants the state distributes to other parties. This shall include federal grants that are administered by the state of Louisiana. This portal is to be created by March 2, 2009.
SECTION 2: The Division of Administration shall create policies and procedures as necessary to create the grants portal.
SECTION 3: Each department of the executive branch of state government shall assign a single point of contact that will be responsible for providing the information necessary for the grants portal for that department.
SECTION 4: The Board of Regents in conjunction with the management board of the institutions of post-secondary education shall submit a plan to the Commissioner of Administration, which outlines how such institutions will comply with the objectives set forth in this Order. This plan shall be submitted to the Commissioner by January 15, 2009.
SECTION 5: All departments, commissions, boards, offices, entities, agencies and officers of the state of Louisiana, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the implementation of the provisions of this Order.
SECTION 6: This Order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the Governor, or terminated by operation of law.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 27th day of August, 2008.

/S/ Bobby Jindal
/S/ Jay Dardenne

The Executive Order may be viewed online at:


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