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April 2015 Grant News: HUD Awards, SBA Awards, TIGER Summit

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Apr 15, 2015 9:40:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Transportation is holding a summit tomorrow, Thursday, on the ever-popular Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. In addition, we've highlighted some award announcements from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA):
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Topics: grant news

Grant Solicitations, Early April 2015

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Apr 14, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Here are a handful of grant solicitations that were recently released. For more information on how eCivis can help you with your grant research, check out our Grants Network videos page as well as our Grant Resource Library for articles.

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Topics: law enforcement, grant news, employment, housing

Collaboration Done Right: When Local Governments and Nonprofits Apply for Grants Together  

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Apr 8, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Capacity is everything. When it comes to applying for a grant, you need to ensure you have the proper organizational, human, and financial capacity to apply for and manage the award should you win funding. And sometimes it’s a lack of capacity, particularly a scarcity of human capital capacity, that prevents an organization from pursuing certain grant funding they could really use. Maybe you have a story that comes to mind about this topic. 

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Topics: best practices, nonprofits, local government, GAO

Indirect Costs: Deconstructing the “Overhead Myth” in the Uniform Guidance

Posted by Rachel Werner on Apr 6, 2015 8:24:20 AM

In the summer of 2014, almost everyone either participated in or knew someone who participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It was a win/win situation – The ALS Association gained exposure through various social media outlets, and experienced a near 1,000 percent increase in donations from the previous year at that time. However, people started to look a little deeper and wonder, Where is my money going? Is it really supporting research? They are shocked to discover that some of the donation funds actually go toward administrative costs and overhead. While those unfamiliar with a nonprofit budget might find this disenchanting, this is actually common and accepted practice, and must be understood in more detail to clarify some misconceptions. 

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Topics: nonprofits, local government, super circular, indirect costs

Knight Cities Challenge Program: A Path to Civic Innovation  

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Apr 2, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Research shows that three things make cities successful: talented people, economic opportunities, and engagement. 


What’s your best idea to make cities more successful?

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Topics: nonprofits, local government, foundation grants

Grants Mismanaged: Lessons from a GAO Study

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Mar 31, 2015 6:00:00 AM

"Doing more with less" might be a trite but true "new normal" for local governments, but a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) underscores the limits of this mantra. For fiscal years 2009-2013, the GAO conducted site visits and examined eight grant programs from four municipalities—Detroit and Flint, Michigan; Camden, New Jersey; and Stockton, California—and concluded that grants management duties such as oversight, reporting, and timely drawdown of funds were compromised because of a lack of capacity. Grants management suffered because of grantees' limited capacity—whether human capital, financial, or organizational—and decreased financial capacity reduced some municipalities' ability to obtain federal grants. Let's look at the details:

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Topics: federal grants, grants management best practices

eCivis Videos Page Is Up!

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Mar 25, 2015 7:00:00 AM

As our online content library continues to expand, we are organizing our content even better to address your interests. Now, all eCivis videos—whether grant management tips from our thought leaders or overviews of our software solutions—can be found at Please click around and tell us what you think!



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Topics: videos

Grants Management Readiness Survey

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Mar 23, 2015 7:00:00 AM

You can't solve problems without asking honest, sometimes difficult, questions. For example, "Are we satisfied with how our agency researches grants? Manages awards?" And, "How effective are we at handling audits and audit findings?" The following short survey has been provided to jog your thoughts about your grants management processes, with questions related to: Read More

Topics: grants management system, surveys

Grant News Grab Bag: Rural Focus, March 2015

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Mar 18, 2015 6:00:00 AM

There's been a lot of discussion of rural issues in the news lately, from potential cuts to the farm bill and SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) to threats to rural early education opportunities. For this Grant News Grab Bag, these issues are brought to the fore.

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Topics: rural issues

What's Your Greatest Grants Challenge?

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Mar 17, 2015 5:00:00 AM

It's a question we often ask organizations and departments: When it comes to grants, what is your greatest challenge? We've designed a simple survey around this question and want to hear from you.

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Topics: grants management best practices, surveys

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