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New Funded Projects from Rio Hondo, TX, and Orange, VA

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Aug 26, 2015 4:00:00 AM

Keeping on task with your current grant reporting as well as new grant solicitations is key to your work as a grant administrator. Still, it's helpful to check in on the trends and stories of successfully funded programs to remind us of the impact that grant funding has on our communities. Here are two stories from eCivis customers that speak to the power of grant funding, whether that be for drinking water needs, improved police-community relations, or other means to improve quality of life.

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Topics: Grant News

Grant News Grab Bag for August 25, 2015

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Aug 25, 2015 1:31:57 PM

The "Grant News Grab Bag" series delivers a mix of grant-related news, from federal funding initiatives to grants management regulations to local government news items.

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Topics: Grant News

Land and Water Conservation Fund 101

Posted by Beverly Browning on Aug 24, 2015 6:00:00 AM

If you’re managing a state or local parks and recreation agency and have counted on an annual grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), then you’ve probably been pacing back and forth wondering if this 50-year-old act will be funded again. In researching the LWCF for one of our eCivis clients, I found some background and current status tracking websites to keep you updated on pending congressional actions.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Grant News, Legislation, Environment

How to Prevent Returning Grant Funds to a Grantor: Lessons for Government Agencies

Posted by Cherrise Wilks on Aug 19, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Recently, I had the unfortunate experience of listening to professional colleagues describe three distinct cases whereby their organizations successfully secured federal and state grant funding and had to return all or a portion of the grant back to the funders. It pained me to listen to these scenarios, as both a proposal writer and a grants manager, because everything was avoidable. Additionally, my heart went out to them, because I know firsthand how difficult it is to write and win competitive proposals at the federal or state level. I also know how hard it can be to manage government grants if you do not have the right internal controls set up, or adequate staff to support the administration of additional funds. However, I have written this blog article to shed some light on how easy it is to have funds rescinded, and I have offered a few examples of potential solutions.  

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Topics: Grants Management Best Practices

Grants Management Case Studies, Part 1: Effective Use of Federal Funding at the State and Local Levels

Posted by Rachel Werner on Aug 17, 2015 4:00:00 AM

Each day grant professionals focus on supporting their recipients, adhering to administrative requirements, and in general, focusing on the daily operations of administering or managing large grant awards. Unless someone seeks out a professional development opportunity, such as a conference or webinar, how does a grant professional stay engaged in best practices regarding federal grants management? As is often the case, people learn by reading about what others are doing that ensures success. This article reflects the first in a series of case studies about various grants management topics, specifically pertaining to the post-award management of federal grant funds.

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Topics: Grants Management Best Practices

A Grant Status Report Template for Your Team

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Aug 12, 2015 4:00:00 AM

Grant Status Report for Finance Teams to Better Manage GrantsHey, local governments! We have a new template your finance team will thank you for. It's a highly useful tool for tracking grant expenditures, so that a reviewer of this report can keep in mind whether grants are billed and collected in a timely manner, and whether grants will be spent within the grant period. Produced by Kevin Harper, CPA, a local government auditor with decades of experience, this document will help improve your internal controls if you don't already have something like this in place:

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Topics: Budgets, eCivis Resources, Grants Management Best Practices

$9.2 Million in Grants to Improve Training Systems to Help Children with Disabilities

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Aug 10, 2015 10:59:29 AM

Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Education announced the award of $9.2 million in grants to nine states to improve personnel training systems to help children with disabilities. States receiving grants are: Arizona, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, and Tennessee.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Education

What Future OMB Grant Trainings Would You Like?

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Aug 10, 2015 7:00:00 AM

We want to provide you the best possible grants management training—training constructed around your questions and issues as your team begins to operationalize the OMB Uniform Guidance. So we have set up a survey to collect input from grant managers and other grant administrators to focus future trainings based on your questions and suggestions.

You can take our survey by clicking here:

In fact, if you're planning on giving us your feedback, it's best to do so now and read the rest of this post later. (We list some other survey takers' common ideas and questions below and don't want to influence you!)

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Topics: OMB, eCivis Resources, Grants Management Best Practices, Uniform Guidance

Uniform Guidance Q&A: "What's Next?"

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Aug 5, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Here comes the final clip of our ten-part OMB Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) training, which is now in full effect for federal grantees. In this article, OMB Senior Policy Analyst Victoria Collin conducts a Q&A on the training and provides a glimpse of what the guidance means years from now. Check out our final clip and leave a comment on future trainings you would like to see. If you haven't done so already, you can view all the training clips at the button below.

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Topics: OMB, eCivis Resources, Grants Management Best Practices, Uniform Guidance

How Foundation Grants Can Help Small Cities Achieve Strategic Planning Goals

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

Are you looking to fund a new small-scale project in your city? Did you know that foundation grant makers have historically made grant awards for projects under $50,000 to small cities? Your city could apply for law enforcement equipment, fire services equipment, community garden essentials, capacity building initiatives, and more.

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Topics: Foundations, Local Government, Foundation Grants

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