Evaluation Measures 101: Outcomes vs. Outputs

Posted by Beverly Browning on Nov 30, 2015 4:30:00 AM

In my early years of writing competitive grant applications, I always wrote the outcomes. When the logic model (reference link below) was created by United Way of America for its member affiliates, a new measurement emerged: outputs. At first, the difference between outcomes and outputs seemed as clear as mud for me. However, I finally developed an understanding of how they differ, and the logic model certainly made it much easier to separate the two measurements. Let's look at the difference between these measurements.

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Topics: Grant Writing

Applying for the Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program (Project Safe Neighborhoods)

Posted by Beverly Browning on Nov 18, 2015 4:30:00 AM

This article is to help your department/organization with grant application planning for the Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program, also known as Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). The next solicitation is not yet on the Department of Justice (DoJ) – Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) website; however, it is never too early to start preparing for this highly competitive grant application. Click here for the previous NOFA to assist you with early planning and research.

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Topics: Grant Writing, Law Enforcement

Logic Models for Program Planning and Evaluation (GPA Event in Tucson)

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Nov 9, 2015 4:30:00 AM

Mark your calendars for the Southern Arizona GPA Chapter's Annual Meeting on Thursday, December 3, 12:00 - 3:30 p.m., when Beverly Browning ("Dr. Bev") will present on the topic of "Logic Models for Program Planning and Evaluation." Dr. Bev has assisted clients and workshop participants throughout the United States in receiving awards of more than $400 million. As the author of 41 grant-related publications, including Grant Writing for Dummies, she is also a GPA-approved trainer. Dr. Bev is Vice President of Grant Writing Services at eCivis and Director of the Grant Writing Training Foundation.

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Topics: Grant Writing, eCivis Resources

GPA Conference Preview: A Look at eCivis Team Members' Sessions

Posted by Beverly Browning on Nov 2, 2015 4:00:00 AM

For the past several years, eCivis has been well represented at the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) annual conference. Team members of eCivis' Grant Writing Services division will deliver presentations at this year's conference on November 11-14 in St. Louis, so I thought I'd share a preview:

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Topics: Grant Writing

Preparing Your Agency to Apply for a Brownfields Assessment Grant

Posted by Beverly Browning on Oct 13, 2015 7:30:00 AM

There have been a few hints of the Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields Assessment Grants program being re-funded for the 2016 federal fiscal year. To date, there is no application announcement posted on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website; however, it’s never too early to start preparing your application materials. This blog post will provide an FAQ about applying to the grant program and provide resources to get you going.

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Topics: Grant Writing, Environment

eCivis Webinars for September-October 2015

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Sep 14, 2015 4:00:00 AM

I wanted to notify you of some upcoming webinars eCivis is hosting this month and next. Our next webinar is tomorrow, and the topic is Foundation Grantseeking 101 for Local Government. Lots of government offices don't realize that they can pursue funding from foundations. This webinar will cover local government challenges, as well as best practices shared by one of our customers.

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Topics: Grant Writing, eCivis Resources

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

Turning Your Vision for Community Improvement into a Reality

Posted by Beverly Browning on Jul 1, 2015 4:00:00 AM

Whether you're an elected official or a full-time local government employee, your mission is to improve your community. Promises made on the campaign trail or goals included in a department’s strategic plan should eventually be fulfilled; however, we must all acknowledge that having a vision and realizing that vision can sometimes be light years apart. In this blog article, I’ll give you glimpses into communities that have funded community improvement visions.

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Topics: Grant Writing, Local Government, Partnerships

Excelling Beyond the Spreadsheet: A White Paper for the New Fiscal Year

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

Like many of us, you might have a love/hate relationship with Excel. For me, the "love" part comes with a sense of necessity, familiarity, and universality; the "hate" part comes from the fact that it lacks in transparency and accountability, not to mention that spreadsheets are often tied to the person who created it and can introduce errors. When it comes to grants management, spreadsheets simply can't take the place of a system with multiple users.

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Topics: Grant Writing, Grants Management Best Practices

Webinar: Top Reasons Your Grant Application Was Not Funded

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jun 24, 2015 4:00:00 AM

This isn't one of those top-ten-reasons "list posts" about grant writing and what you're doing wrong. Rather, it's an invitation to help grant writers looking to improve their chances of winning critical grant funding for their organizations and communities. In about a month, Beverly Browning ("Dr. Bev"), author of Grant Writing for Dummies and Vice President of Grant Writing Services for eCivis, will host a session on why some grant applications are not funded and what you can do about it. The webinar will focus on such topics as:

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Topics: Grant Writing, eCivis Resources