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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

Audit Requirements of the Uniform Guidance

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

Here's the punultimate installment of the several eCivis-hosted OMB training clips on the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200; previously known as the "super circular"), which is now in full effect for federal grantees. Part 9 of 10 from this OMB video series focuses on the audit portion of the final guidance, which strengthens oversight and scrutinizes where there is the greatest risk of waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars. It improves transparency and accountability by making Single Audit reports available to the public online, and encourages federal agencies to take a more cooperative approach to audit resolution in order to more conclusively resolve underlying weaknesses in internal controls.

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

Corporate Foundation Grants - July 2015

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jul 28, 2015 3:00:00 AM


Whole Kids Foundation: School Garden Grant Program

https://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/index.php/schools/programs/school-garden-grant-program

Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the School Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to a K-12 school, or a nonprofit working in partnership with a K-12 school, to support a new or existing edible garden on school grounds. Here's an FAQ on the program. The grant application window for this program is September 1-October 31, 2015.

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Topics: Grant News, Foundation Grants

OMB Uniform Guidance Training: Cost Principles

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jul 27, 2015 5:00:00 AM

eCivis Uniform Guidance Training March 2015

If you've been following along at home, you know this post is the latest installment of several of the eCivis-hosted OMB Uniform Guidance training videos, with previous posts covering the general overview of 2 CFR 200, which is now in full effect for federal grantees. In this article, OMB Senior Policy Analyst Victoria Collin details the feds' effort to remove barriers to entities who have never had a federally negotiated indirect cost rate (3:10); compensation for personal services (8:58); general advice on improving internal controls; "blended and braided" funds (11:40); family leave and conferences (18:50); IT infrastructure (20:03); and more. Check out the clip below and access all the training by clicking the large button at the bottom of this post.

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

Pass-Through Entity Requirements of the Uniform Guidance

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jul 22, 2015 5:00:00 AM

If you've been following along at home, you know this post is the latest installment of several of the eCivis-hosted OMB Uniform Guidance training clips, with previous posts covering the general overview of 2 CFR 200, which is now in full effect for federal grantees. In this clip, OMB Senior Policy Analyst Victoria Collin addresses the requirements of pass-through entities. Here are some key timestamps in this segment of the training:

  • 0:33 - Providing an indirect cost rate to subrecipients (new) either through a negotiated rate or a de minimus rate of 10 percent of modified total direct costs
  • 1:58 - Performing risk assessment for subrecipient monitoring using the principle of risk
  • 3:06 - Verifying compliance to audit requirements
  • 3:46 - Requirements under the Transparency Act to report all subawards
  • 4:02 - Clarity on close-out obligations for final reports
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Topics: OMB, eCivis Resources, Grants Management Best Practices, Pass-Through Grants, Uniform Guidance

Procurement Standards of the Uniform Guidance

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jul 21, 2015 4:00:00 AM

The next video I want to share from our OMB Uniform Guidance training series covers the five methods of procurement standards and their general standards. Modeled on A-102 language, the procurement standards under the Uniform Guidance do not look much different for state and local governments. But for universities and nonprofits, there are some changes to note. The following nine-minute video covers these methods: micropurchases (1:50), small purchases (2:44), sealed bids (3:39), competitive proposals (3:58), and sole source (4:19). To help you visualize these standards, the OMB has presented a nifty "bear claw" to frame things. Office of Management and Budget Senior Policy Analyst Victoria Collin, who led this training, also covers the general standards that apply.

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

How to Obtain 501(c)(3) Status for Your Nonprofit: Tips and Resources

Posted by Beverly Browning on Jul 20, 2015 4:00:00 AM

Many small nonprofits come to me with questions about establishing 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the IRS, as well as how to build their organization's capacity to apply for grants. But before you go about searching for grant funding, you need to establish key components of your organization, including an actively contributing board of directors, mission and vision statements (these are two distinct things!), and a plan to fund your operating budget. The following article focuses on getting started on the right foot and getting your vision established so that funders view your board and organization as capable of managing grant awards and providing services to your target populations.

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Topics: Nonprofits, Grant Writing, Grants Management Best Practices

Grant Opportunities and News for July 16, 2015

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jul 16, 2015 9:40:00 AM

Every so often, we write about grant-related opportunities and local government news packaged into one post. Today's post focuses primarily on housing issues: revitalizing America's Main Streets and providing for affordable housing in these areas, improving housing self-sufficiency, capacity building for the entities that are helping to create affordable housing, and small grants for projects that focus on the intersection between education and digital culture.

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Topics: Grant News, Education, Housing

Grant Success Spotlight: Digital Fire Training System for Allen, TX

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jul 15, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Is your fire department/brigade looking to conduct fire training scenarios, but without the environmental and safety concerns of traditional live burns? A digital fire training system could be the solution.

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Topics: Local Government, Fire Grants, Grant News

What Will I Recognize in the Uniform Guidance?

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jul 14, 2015 5:00:00 AM

That's the question that leads this next video from our 10-part OMB Uniform Guidance training series. Last week we brought you a clip from OMB senior policy analyst Victoria Collin discussing how the first year of the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) is a bit like the first year of marriage, where ideals and practical considerations meet. Now here's an overview of the changes in the OMB's Uniform Guidance and how they affect government, higher education, and nonprofit entities. This 22-minute video covers acronyms, applicability, pre-award requirements and agreements (11:05), the theme of "performance over compliance," post-award performance management (14:12), place-based initiatives (18:38), and much more. Without further ado, here's part 5 of 10. You can access the complete set of videos at the bottom of this page.

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

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