eCivis Blog

HUD's $150 Million for Permanent Housing for the Needy

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Mar 4, 2015 3:00:00 AM

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it would award $150 million in rental assistance to 25 state housing agencies to help prevent thousands of individuals with disabilities from being unnecessarily institutionalized or possibly becoming homeless. In turn, the state agencies will provide permanent affordable rental housing and needed supportive services to nearly 4,600 households with extremely low-income persons with disabilities, many of whom are hoping to transition out of institutional settings back to the community.   

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Topics: federal grants, state grants, grant news, housing

Uniform Guidance: How Grantees Can Prepare for the Change

Posted by Rachel Werner on Mar 3, 2015 3:00:00 AM

As most grant professionals whose work is impacted by federal grants during the pre-award or post-award management phases are aware, the Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Guidance (previously known as the "Omni-Circular" and "Super Circular") has modified specific administrative and cost requirements pertaining to federal grants and contracts. While a number of articles and blog posts have focused on the crosswalk between the new guidance (prior to December 26, 2014) and the previous guidance,1 and its potential impact on grantees and sub-grantees, there has been minimal information pertaining to best practices and applicability in the real world. Based on my research, this information is still in progress as grantees and sub-grantees begin to implement measures to adhere to the Uniform Guidance. However I have identified some steps that grantees and sub-grantees can do to prepare for the change.

1For those who received awards prior to the December 26, 2014, adoption of the Uniform Guidance, note that you are still held responsible to adhere to the previous OMB circulars. Make sure you check your notice of grant award to confirm.

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Topics: OMB, grants management best practices, super circular

COFAR Seeks Feedback on Uniform Guidance

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Feb 25, 2015 5:00:00 AM

It's important to look up from the grindstone and see that you're aligned with your goals. And when you're a council effecting the most drastic grant reform in decades, it's key that you check in to see that your stakeholders are all onboard. The Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR), the body that helped deliver the Uniform Guidance in late 2014 after collecting years of feedback, is now calling for voluntary feedback on the Uniform Guidance's overall impact on burden and waste, fraud, and abuse, and adequacy of opportuntities to engage in the process.

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Topics: OMB, COFAR, super circular, surveys

Alternative Grant Funding Sources to Plug the Gaps in Your FY 2016 Budget

Posted by Beverly Browning on Feb 23, 2015 5:00:00 AM

As you are working on finalizing your new FY 2016 budget, you will want to consider some line item expenses that could be directly associated with potential alternative funding sources instead of draining your general fund. If you plan ahead, identify project-driven grant funding opportunities, and start building funder relationships, you can take some of the pressure off your general fund.

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Topics: budgets, foundation grants

Los Angeles and Houston to Host OMB Uniform Grant Guidance Training

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Feb 19, 2015 12:02:00 PM

eCivis is proud to announce a unique and affordable opportunity for grant administrators in and around the Los Angeles and Houston regions. On March 11 and March 13, the City of Los Angeles and the City of Houston will respectively host Uniform Guidance grant training with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Senior Policy Analyst Victoria Collin. Collin, who has been instrumental in developing the OMB’s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, will speak about the new regulations that affect prime and sub-recipients of federal funding. 

The eCivis-sponsored event will guide you through changes to federal grant guidance as they relate to:

  • New emphasis on performance over compliance and administrative flexibility
  • Implications for indirect costs
  • Overview of federal and pass-through agencies’ responsibilities
  • Reformed policies and procedures for enhanced internal controls

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Topics: OMB, super circular

The Value of TIGER Discretionary Grants

Posted by Danny Blitch on Feb 18, 2015 5:42:00 AM

Tigers are the largest cats in the world. Fittingly, Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants are some of the largest grants in the United States. Managed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), TIGER grants go toward capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure. Eligible surface transportation infrastructure projects include:

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Topics: federal grants, transportation, TIGER

Charlotte Grant Training: March 11

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Feb 17, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Vice President of Grant Writing Services Beverly Browning ("Dr. Bev") will host her next grant writing workshop in Charlotte, N.C., on March 11. "Preparing for the Competitive Grants Game" will focus on the following objectives: determining which competitive grants to pursue; understanding how funding decisions are made; shaping your community’s grant funding needs into a compelling story; developing an evidence-based project design; and researching foundations that support local governments (cities and counties).

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Topics: grant writing, videos

Grant Risk Assessment for Your Organization

Posted by Ryan Baird on Feb 12, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Across the board among local governments, the capacity to apply for grants has shrunk as workforces have been thinned and retired staff are not replaced. These circumstances, coupled with more stringent requirements at the federal level, make it imperative that organizations strategically approach pursuing grants to maximize award rates and ensure successful grants management.

Using a thorough risk evaluation process will help ensure that your efforts are spent on the grants with the greatest potential to positively impact your organization. Our Risk Assessment form guides you through the factors that should be considered prior to preparing an application:

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Topics: grants office, grants management best practices

What's Your Grant Strategy?

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Feb 10, 2015 6:00:00 AM

During last Thursday's ICMA-eCivis webinar on the grant challenges and solutions of small communities, the expert panel posed the following polling question:

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Topics: grants office, surveys

eCivis Grant Writing Training: An Infographic Map

Posted by Beverly Browning on Feb 5, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Hey there! This year is off to a great start when it comes to grant writing trainings. We had two well-received sessions in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, and Rio Rancho, NM (just yesterday). As we work to finalize the 2015 agenda, check out this infographic showing my upcoming events across the country. 

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Topics: grant writing, infographics, videos

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