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Turning Your Vision for Community Improvement into a Reality

Posted by Beverly Browning on Jul 1, 2015 4:00:00 AM

Whether you're an elected official or a full-time local government employee, your mission is to improve your community. Promises made on the campaign trail or goals included in a department’s strategic plan should eventually be fulfilled; however, we must all acknowledge that having a vision and realizing that vision can sometimes be light years apart. In this blog article, I’ll give you glimpses into communities that have funded community improvement visions.

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Topics: Grant Writing, Local Government, Partnerships

Excelling Beyond the Spreadsheet: A White Paper for the New Fiscal Year

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jun 29, 2015 4:00:00 AM

Like many of us, you might have a love/hate relationship with Excel. For me, the "love" part comes with a sense of necessity, familiarity, and universality; the "hate" part comes from the fact that it lacks in transparency and accountability, not to mention that spreadsheets are often tied to the person who created it and can introduce errors. When it comes to grants management, spreadsheets simply can't take the place of a system with multiple users.

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Topics: Grant Writing, Grants Management Best Practices

Webinar: Top Reasons Your Grant Application Was Not Funded

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jun 24, 2015 4:00:00 AM

This isn't one of those top-ten-reasons "list posts" about grant writing and what you're doing wrong. Rather, it's an invitation to help grant writers looking to improve their chances of winning critical grant funding for their organizations and communities. In about a month, Beverly Browning ("Dr. Bev"), author of Grant Writing for Dummies and Vice President of Grant Writing Services for eCivis, will host a session on why some grant applications are not funded and what you can do about it. The webinar will focus on such topics as:

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Topics: Grant Writing, eCivis Resources

How to Support Your Grant Writer

Posted by Beverly Browning on Jun 22, 2015 4:00:00 AM

I spend some time every day listening to other grant writers tell me their tales of gloom, doom, and drama. I noticed some common topics that come up in their emails and in conversation. In this post, I am reaching out to employers, supervisors, and clients of grant writers to share some very basic internal practices you can follow to support your grant writer.

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Topics: Grant Writing

Incorporating Grant Writing Assistance into Your Budget Planning Process

Posted by Beverly Browning on Jun 17, 2015 4:00:00 AM

Annually, units of municipal government, nonprofit organizations, and other eligible grant applicants go through a budget planning and preparation process for the next fiscal year’s anticipated expenses and revenues. This is a long process that often involves public meetings, department-level number crunching, and governing body review and approval of the final proposed budget. While this can best be described as a labor-intensive project for all parties involved, it frequently overlooks the possibility of retaining the services of an in-house grant writer or a third-party grant writing consultant.

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Topics: Grant Writing, Budgets, Partnerships

Keys to Grant Success: eCivis Webinars

Posted by Ryan Baird on Jun 15, 2015 4:00:00 AM

When it comes to succeeding in the grants world, there's a lot more to it than simply purchasing a software solution. As a software company, eCivis certainly believes technology plays a critical role in enhancing the grant process, but we also understand that the internal challenges organizations face in applying for and winning grants cannot be overcome by a software solution alone.

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Topics: eCivis Resources

Grant News Grab Bag: TIGER Demand Ever Greater, and Other Stories

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jun 9, 2015 1:37:00 PM

Every so often, we publish on issues affecting local governments, grant writing, webinars, and anything and everything related to grants and municipal projects. Because there's too much good stuff to report on, we mix together those stories in a digestible "grab bag" format. Pick out what relates to you:

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Topics: Grant News

June Is Small Cities Month

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jun 8, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Are you a local government leader looking for creative ways to solve the challenges of your small city or town? The National League of Cities (NLC) has done a stellar job promoting small cities across the United States (#smallcities15), sharing stories of small cities that are leading innovation and supporting vibrant communities. These stories include that of Maricopa, AZ (proud to have you as an eCivis customer!), one of the featured cities at the Big Ideas for Small Cities conference held in March and a great example of how to get creative when you have the challenges of a big city without the resources.
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Topics: Grants Management Software, Local Government

Is There a Grant Writing Season?

Posted by Beverly Browning on Jun 3, 2015 4:00:00 AM

I am constantly asked this question by my online students, new grant writers, and new nonprofit organizations. Whether you’re a full-time grant writer, an occasional grant writer, or a grant writer working under the directive of "and other duties as assigned," it’s important to have a grant application announcements (also known as Notices of Funding Availability, or NOFAs) calendar or spreadsheet. Remember, the time from when a grant application is released to when it is due is your writing time frame, and it ranges from 30 to 90 days. In this blog article, I’ll give you my take on whether or not there is a grant writing season and why it's an important factor for your organization to consider.

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Topics: Grant Writing

3 Reasons Your Grant Application Was Not Funded

Posted by Beverly Browning on Jun 1, 2015 9:03:00 AM

In this article, I'll share three of the top reasons that grant applications are rejected. There are many other reasons that factor into a grant rejection, and I will cover these in future blog posts. The errors listed below are gleaned from my experience as a federal grant application peer reviewer from 1992 to the present. I've seen these basic errors made on all types of grant request narratives, from foundation proposals to government applications. They demonstrate what not to do when writing your grant application narrative. 

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Topics: Grant Writing, eCivis Resources

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