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Grant Writing Testimonials: Cedar Park, Texas

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Dec 18, 2014 5:00:00 AM

Attendees at our grant writing workshops might come from local government, special districts, fire departments, community organizations, and even the freelance community. In October, I shared testimonials from Beverly Browning's grant writing training in Arizona from a couple years back. This next installment of testimonials comes from Browning's training in Cedar Park, Texas, near Austin, where she led a workshop on "Taking Your Grant Research and Writing Skills to the Next Level" to both novices and veterans. Here's what some attendees had to say about the grant writing session: 

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Topics: grant writing, Testimonials, videos

Here's a Resolution: Get Your Grant Procedures in Place

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Dec 16, 2014 5:00:00 AM

Self-reflection and the new year go hand in hand. The darkest part of the year is a time for looking inward, transformation, and making room for the new. But what does this mean at an organizational level? How can a department self-reflect, for instance? 

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Obama: $1 Billion Investment in Early Childhood Education

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Dec 11, 2014 4:54:00 PM

“Early education is one of the best investments we can make—not just in a child’s future but in our country,” President Barack Obama said at Wednesday’s White House Summit on Early Education. The president’s words are backed by studies showing how children who have access to high-quality, early education fare better economically and socially than peers who don’t. The president’s words are further backed by more than $1 billion promised for new federal and private-sector investments in early childhood education announced at the summit.

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Topics: education

Grant Solicitations: Early December 2014

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Dec 9, 2014 5:17:55 PM

Here are some grant solicitations made available in early December 2014:

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2014 Tribal Nations Conference: Outreach to Native American Youth

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Dec 4, 2014 5:00:00 AM

When President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met with Native American youth of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Nation this past June, they walked away shaken.  "[S]ome of these kids were carrying burdens no young person should ever have to carry,” the president remarked during Wednesday’s White House Tribal Nations Conference, where his administration met with 566 federally recognized tribes from across the United States. Those young people's stories, captured by the statistics, speak of lives affected by homelessness, addiction, poverty, and a suicide rate three times the national average.

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Topics: education, tribal government

Grants Management Tips from an Internal Auditor

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Dec 2, 2014 10:29:00 AM

After your team has won a grant, what do you look for when reviewing the documentation? During eCivis' November webinar with ICMA, "Managing a Grant Without a Dedicated Team," the hosts offered important questions that you should ask during the review process. Mary Modelski, Division Chief, Auditor, for the County of Alameda, posed these four questions:

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Topics: single audit, grants management best practices

Grant Challenges and Solutions for Small Communities (Webinar)

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Nov 24, 2014 5:00:00 AM

Many small communities lack the resources and strategy to effectively apply for and manage grants. But with discipline and creativity, they can compete for grant money. On February 5, 2015, at 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET, eCivis will host a webinar to discuss common small community grant challenges and practical solutions for dealing with them.

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Topics: local government, webinars, grants management best practices

Federal Grant Reform: A Call for Internal Controls

Posted by Jennie Larry Johnson on Nov 19, 2014 5:00:00 AM

Rumors and whispers concerning federal grant reform became real with the release of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) on December 26 of last year. Commonly known as the Super Circular or Omni-Circular, the Uniform Guidance takes effect the same date this year. The new regulations are intended to improve the federal grant award process by providing a framework that focuses on performance over compliance; ensuring financial integrity and enhancing existing or future federal award guidelines; streamlining the administrative, costing principles, and audit administrative for federal awards; and strengthening federal grant oversight to better protect against “waste, fraud, and abuse.” The overarching goal is to provide “a backbone for sound financial federal award management.”

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Topics: single audit, internal controls, grants management best practices, super circular

Grant News Grab Bag for November 2014

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Nov 17, 2014 5:00:00 AM

Pittsburgh's Progress. Once the center of the steel industry, Pittsburgh had an astonishingly high unemployment rate by the early 1980's and had shuttered three-quarters of its steel-making capacity by end of the decade. By the 21st century, the city had transformed itself into one of America's most livable cities (dubbed so by Forbes and The Economist, for instance), with robust nonprofit and biotech sectors. Pittsburgh's economic progress has come with the help of public-private partnerships, business friendliness, and, most recently, the highly engaged Mayor Bill Peduto, profiled in the following article: Read about Pittsburgh's turnaround.

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Topics: grant news

Publicizing Your Grant-Funded Project

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Nov 12, 2014 5:00:00 AM

After your department has completed a grant-funded project, what are your next steps to show off your success? 

During last week's eCivis-ICMA webinar, "Managing a Grant Without a Dedicated Team," a slew of important topics related to grants management were covered, including bringing publicity to your local government grant-funded project. Two of the presenters—Austin Bleess, city manager for the City of Caribou (population 8,189), Maine; and Mary Modelski, division chief, auditor, for Alameda County (population 1,510,271), California—discussed ways that they have publicized projects. Here are some tips from them.

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Topics: local government, grants management best practices

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