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Education Grants: Awards for September 2014

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Sep 29, 2014 11:26:00 AM

The following are a selection of award announcements for education grants. Be sure to read up on the awesome projects funded by these robust grant programs. 

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Topics: grant news, education

Matching Funds: Two Words That Prevent You From Applying?

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Sep 25, 2014 1:43:00 PM

Has a matching fund requirement ever prevented you from applying for a grant?

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Topics: nonprofits, grant writing, local government, Dr. Beverly Browning

Grant Resources Library Page Launches

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Sep 23, 2014 4:02:00 AM

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication," Leonardo da Vinci said, and Steve Jobs actualized. With last week's eCivis homepage revamp, we're pretty excited to sophisticate our design, making navigation simpler and smarter for those seeking grants management software solutions.

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Topics: eCivis news

2014 TIGER Program: $600 Million Awarded, $9 Billion Requested

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Sep 17, 2014 3:00:00 AM

Reliable infrastructure is a key component of a flourishing economy. The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program is built on this idea. Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) announced awards for the sixth round of the ever-popular TIGER Discretionary Grant program, which will fund 72 projects from 46 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. The Department received 797 eligible applications from 49 states during this round, up from the 585 applications received in 2013. Overall, applicants requested $9 billion for transportation projects—15 times the $600 million available for the program, said officials in a press release. You can read about the awardees and projects here; a sample of the projects, taken from the fact sheet, are below:

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Topics: federal grants, transportation, TIGER, infrastructure

ICMA Grant Writing Webinar with Dr. Beverly Browning

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Sep 15, 2014 3:00:00 AM

Are you a municipal employee looking to improve your odds of getting a grant? You'll have to tell a compelling story. In this ICMA webinar, "Grant Writing Language That Wins," grant writing expert Dr. Beverly A. Browning (“Dr. Bev”) will discuss the language of grant writing and share tips and skills that will help your grant application get noticed.

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Topics: grant writing, webinars

Detroit's IT Strategies Relevant for Local Governments

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Sep 10, 2014 4:01:00 AM

In the high-profile bankruptcy of the City of Detroit, tensions can run high as different stakeholders have their own views on how best to lift the city out of its financial crisis and improve quality of life for residents. One area where all of those stakeholders agree, however, is the need for the City to improve its information technology infrastructure so that the City can better track and collect its funds, operate more efficiently, and better deliver public services.

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Topics: grants management system

Free Grants Management Guide: Creating a Grants Office

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Sep 8, 2014 4:00:00 AM

What I love about the following free guide is that it is both expert and accessible. Author Stacy Fitzsimmons, who helped establish a grants office for a state agency, shares her expertise and offers sound strategy for building support for your new office. The guide begins with an assessment to determine the need for a grants office, then moves forward into the process of building executive support, establishing strategy, gathering human and technological resources, and finally launching the office. In many ways, this is a great guide about interdepartmental communication, useful for any type of office. Yet it's so much more.

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Topics: grants office, grants management best practices

Free Grants Management Guide: Choosing the Right GMS

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Sep 3, 2014 4:00:00 AM

We hope you had a great Labor Day. Last week, we spent some extra hours finishing a grants management guide for local governments seeking a grants management system (GMS). Simply titled 7 Keys to Selecting the Right Grants Management System, the guide includes RFP examples of GMS requirements from a few local governments, as well as tips for selecting a reliable system.

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Topics: grants management best practices

Grant Awards, August 2014

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Aug 27, 2014 4:00:00 AM

The following are a series of selected award announcements from the month of August. Examining previous awardee lists, award amounts, and projects gives grant applicants the chance to look for evidence-based best practices.

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Topics: federal grants, grant news

What Grant Makers Are Asking When Reviewing Grant Proposals

Posted by Beverly Browning on Aug 25, 2014 3:00:00 AM

Often when we write a grant proposal, our mind fixates on "our" needs; but it's important that we focus on what the funder wants to read when they receive our grant requests. In this article, I’ll share some feedback that I received after surveying foundations when collecting research for one of my Grant Writing for Dummies editions.

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Topics: grant writing, grant making, foundation grants

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