Sherie Sanders

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Evidence-Based Practices for Local Government:  Increasing Your Comfort Level

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Feb 6, 2017 4:23:00 AM

Do you ever wonder why studies are always canceling each other out? One week we hear that a low-fat diet helps reduce the risk of heart disease and then another study comes and contradicts those findings. It does! It doesn’t! It does...The media reports polar opposite results on almost every topic imaginable. Among all this confusion, we offer the following white paper to help you peek inside the research process. Beyond the sheer frustration of never knowing what to believe, learning a bit about how research works is a new necessity for grant seekers as evidence-based practices are increasingly required by both public and private agencies. Grant makers want to fund what works, and the burden of proof is on grant recipients to show the dollars they received are being put to good use.

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Topics: eCivis Resources

Civic Crowdfunding for Local Government

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Feb 1, 2017 4:03:00 AM

Ready for a pop quiz? Name our country's first civic crowdfunded project.* Since most of us think of crowdfunding as a modern phenomena, social media campaigns and online contributions come to mind. We might be surprised to find that the the purchase of the platform under the Statue of Liberty is often considered the first, or at least one of the first, major civic crowdfunding efforts in American history. $100,000 was raised thanks to Joseph Pulitzer and his ability to use his newspaper to rally the public around the cause. What is old is new again as modern technology has the potential to make crowdfunding more convenient than ever, and modern budget constraints have made alternative financing more necessary than ever.

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Topics: Alternative Financing

The National Institute of Justice's Comprehensive School Safety Initiative

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jan 30, 2017 4:00:00 AM

What are they key ingredients for keeping schools safe? The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) offers the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative to fund studies that identify threats to school safety. It encourages educators to partner with law enforcement, mental health professionals and other stakeholders to turn this research into practical blue prints that can improve safety in schools across the nation.

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Topics: Education

The Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Programs - Nourishing Local Markets

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jan 25, 2017 4:32:00 AM

The USDA provides several opportunities throughout the year to help communities nourish their local agricultural markets. Two grants with upcoming deadlines, the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP), help locally grown food become a catalyst for economic development by supporting food businesses and encouraging the consumption of local products.

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Topics: Food and Healthy Eating

The Drug-Free Community Support Program

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jan 23, 2017 4:21:00 AM

Every single day, approximately 3,700 youth between the ages of 12 and 17 experiment with drugs for the first time. Nineteen percent of high school students admit to binge drinking or consuming five or more drinks in a row. Perhaps most chilling are the recent headlines proclaiming more Americans are now dying from drug overdoses than motor vehicle accidents or gun violence. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a department within U.S. Health and Human Services, offers the Drug-Free Communities Support Program to help counteract this disturbing trend.

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Topics: Health Care

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Grant

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jan 16, 2017 4:00:00 AM

In 1994, to honor Dr. King's legacy, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. Taking place on the third Monday each January, it is the first and only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” Aided by the federal agency the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), each year Americans give back to their communities as a way to advance the causes Dr. King devoted his life to: equality, social justice, and economic opportunity for everyone. The CNCS provides grants and resources to organizations interested in making a difference on the MLK National Day of Service.

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Topics: Philanthropy

The Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jan 11, 2017 4:04:00 AM

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has announced that the application period for the Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program is now open. Last year, over $20 million was provided to 106 tribal and municipal law enforcement agencies for body camera programs. This year, an estimated $17 million dollars is available.

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Topics: Law Enforcement

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant FY 2016

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jan 9, 2017 4:26:00 AM

The application period for the SAFER grant FY 2016 will open on January 9th and end on the 10th of February 2017. One of three major grants that FEMA makes available to fire departments, the SAFER grant helps both professional and volunteer organizations with staffing so they have enough trained personnel to meet their communities’ needs as established by the National Fire Protection Association and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This year, a total of $345 million in federal funding for SAFER will be available.

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Topics: Fire Grants

Overcoming Interoperability - The NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jan 4, 2017 4:00:00 AM

Interoperability!. Chances are, it is a term we don’t think about too much.  It is defined as the ability of a system to work smoothly and reciprocally with the equipment in another system.  In  times of crisis, interoperability between  first responders is critical.  Unfortunately, in many areas of the country, emergency personnel do not have  access to the broadband and cutting edge technology that consumers do.  Congressman Donald Payne Jr., who serves as Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications, has asserted that enabling police, fire and medical services to use the same bandwidth in emergencies is among our biggest challenges.  Fortunately, there is a branch of The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the  Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) whose purpose is to conduct research into overcoming obstacles to  interoperability among emergency systems.  They are currently offering the NIST Public Safety Innovation Acceleration Program to enhance the ability of public safety operations to protect the public through more sophisticated communication setups.


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Topics: Law Enforcement, Fire Grants, Telecommunications

Grants for the Arts - 3 Funding Sources for 2017

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jan 2, 2017 4:15:00 AM

Happy 2017! Everyone's new year should include a little beauty and imagination. Thus, we bring you three different art-related grants to kindle the spirit of creative expression. Whether it's fine art, performing art, music, the written word or a combination of them all, these programs will help keep your muses happy in 2017 and beyond.

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Topics: Arts and Culture