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Navigating the RAISE Grant: A Guide to Merit Criteria

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has established the RAISE (Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity) discretionary grant program to transform American infrastructure. This initiative aims to support projects prioritizing safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, mobility and community connectivity, economic competitiveness, good repair, partnership and collaboration, and innovation.

The DOT has established merit criteria to evaluate a proposed p

The Power of Connection: Join Boston Business Women Today!

In the bustling city of Boston, where innovation meets tradition, the business landscape is teeming with opportunities waiting to be seized. For ambitious women looking to make a mark in their professional journey, there's no better platform than Boston Business Women. This vibrant community is not just a network; it's a powerhouse of inspiration, mentorship, and collaboration. In this blog, we'll explore the compelling reasons why joining Boston Business Women could be the game-changer you've been searching for.

Grant Funding for Age-Friendly Communities Initiatives

In the pursuit of creating environments that cater to all age groups, age-friendly communities emerge as a beacon of inclusivity and well-being. Age-friendly communities aim to create spaces that accommodate the needs of residents across various life stages, with a particular focus on the elderly population. This holistic approach considers accessible infrastructure, social engagement and health services, fostering an environment where individuals can age actively and gracefully within their com

MJP x Greater Giving

Excited to announce my partnership with Greater Giving! If you're looking for fundraising technology solutions, let me introduce you to the team at Greater Giving.

Greater Giving works exclusively with schools and nonprofits across the nation — offering integrated technologies to help simplify event management; quickly train volunteers; streamline check-in and check-out; and raise more funds. Greater Giving solutions are based on a single platform, are user-friendly, and will simplify your job.

Allow me to introduce you personally to the team via email.

Ensuring Communications Access in Local Government

Effective communication is the lifeblood of local government, connecting officials with residents and ensuring policies and services are accessible to all. However, communications access has become increasingly complex in today’s diverse and technology-driven society. This article will explore why communications access is a critical issue for local government and highlight some available solutions. Additionally, we’ll examine grant opportunities and other funding sources, including a grant from
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Unveiling the Power of Capability Statements: A Must-Have for Every Business

In today's fast-paced business landscape, making a memorable first impression is paramount. A capability statement, often overlooked, can be the game-changer your business needs. Think of it as the key to unlocking doors to lucrative contracts, partnerships, and collaborations. This blog explores why capability statements matter and how Melissa J Pond LLC can craft one that showcases your business in the best possible light.

Celebrating 50+ Years of the National Community Development Association: A Reflection on Mentorship and Lifelong Connections

Undoubtedly, the highlight of the spring Region 1 conference was the heartfelt dedication to honor a remarkable past member of the National Community Development Association (NCDA). Mark Tigan and Pat Sullivan, two towering figures in the community development field, stepped onto the stage to present the dedication. Their physical presence and shared history with the honoree lent an air of reverence to the moment.

Mark Tigan, standing tall with his arms raised high, captivatingly expressed how the honoree, Ned Handy, had metaphorically spread his wings wide to take Pat and Mark under his nurturing guidance. This visual representation of Ned's mentorship had a profound impact on the audience, underscoring the immense influence one person can have in shaping the lives and careers of others. It was as if the very essence of mentorship was encapsulated in that grand gesture, symbolizing the willingness to lift others, support them, and provide them with the tools and knowledge needed to soar.

Discover the Power of Leveraging Massachusetts Business Network: How Melissa and Ashley Team Up for Success

I initially connected with Ashley when one of my clients needed more time dedicated to social media. After the start of our project, we met for coffee, and I learned more about her passions and ways we could collaborate more frequently. Ashley offered me a spot in the directory on MBN when she launched it, a quote in her International Women's Day blog, and a guest blog spot about grant writing for Massachusetts nonprofits. I am so grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Ashley.

Melissa J. Pond, presenter for Continue to Give

Melissa was thrilled to join Continue to Give to co-produce a webinar about grant writing. Continue to Give is a faith-based, simple-to-use, all-in-one platform for online giving, event registration, communications, and accounting! Since grant writing is one service the platform doesn't do, Melissa was able to share her expertise to help bolster the capacity for mission-driven organizations connected to the platform.