Uniform Guidance 2017: What You Need to Know

Posted by James Ha on Jan 18, 2017 4:00:00 AM

There were several important discussions last year  about the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) and its impact to federal grant recipients. These discussions took place in trainings across the country. I’ve compiled those trainings for you  in this post  to access and share with others.  Best of all, they're free.  Keep  checking the eCivis blog throughout the year for more training and  resources.

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Topics: OMB, Grants Management Best Practices

Grant Management and Millennials:  A Program Analyst's Experience

Posted by Bashar Dimitry on Dec 7, 2016 4:05:00 AM

In February of 2016, I was offered a position as Program Analyst in the Office of Grants Management for the City of Detroit. As an aspiring young professional who wants to make a difference, I happily accepted the opportunity. Grant management is a meticulous process, requiring detail-oriented professionals who are willing to work collaboratively through the rigorous challenges of grant applications, agreements, and amendments. Successful grant management is certainly critical to any organization seeking to sustain operations and meet organizational goals.

 

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Topics: Grants Management Best Practices

Grants 1990 vs 2016: The Results Have Been Captured!

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Sep 19, 2016 4:13:00 AM

 

Remember the survey we did in this Grants Way Back When article, asking our esteemed readers how life in the grant world has changed since the 1990s? Here are the results, in Capture Magazine, from our partners at CostTree. A big thanks to each and every one of you who shared your insights with us! YOU ROCK!!! Just click on the typewriter below to be transported back a few decades. "Hypothetical Variance: Grants from 1990 to 2016" starts on page 28!

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Topics: Grant Writing, Grants Management Best Practices

The Definitive Guide to an Effective Grant Funding Strategy

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Sep 7, 2016 4:13:00 AM

Is your municipality interested in increasing revenue? Reducing administrative burdens? Improving outcomes?  eCivis reviewed dozens of local governments to evaluate their grant acquisition and management strategies. High performing organizations had three key characteristics that made them effective. To find out what they are, download our free guide to effective grant funding strategies.

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Topics: Grants Office, Local Government, Grants Management Best Practices

Thou STILL Shall Not Supplant

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Aug 17, 2016 4:13:00 AM

Our 2012 Thou Shall Not Supplant article warned against supplanting federal grant funds, especially as it relates to the Department of Education. That department is hardly alone in its prohibition of supplanting funds that they provide; many federal grants come with the same restrictions. It is time to revist supplanting vs. supplementing with examples from the Office of Justice Programs (OJP).

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Topics: Grants Management Best Practices

Grants Way Back When!  Tell Us Your Retro Story!

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Aug 8, 2016 4:13:00 AM

Back in the day! We have all heard our elders talk about what life was like before color television, microwaves, and ATM machines.  Subsequently, who in the younger generation is not astonished to hear about a time when cell phones weighed almost as much as lap tops? Or horrified to learn their grandparents did their school reports on a thing known as a typewriter with the aid of a goopy substance called liquid paper? And you could not even play video games on it to keep yourself entertained!

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Topics: Grant Writing, Grants Management Best Practices

OMB Uniform Guidance Training That Grows on Trees

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Aug 1, 2016 4:13:00 AM

A change of pace and a bit of levity for the first Monday in August.  Step into a cool, shady place and read about what happens when fairytales, forests and funding intersect...

Red Riding Hood the Third dusted off a picture of Little Red Riding Hood the First and thought of how much things had changed since her grandmother’s day. Wolves no longer lured little girls to their doom! In fact, contemporary Ms. Riding Hood just accepted a new job as a state fish and game official in charge of wolf conservation. But she had one major problem! She was unfamiliar with where or how to apply for funding for the programs she wanted to implement.

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Topics: Grant News, Grants Management Best Practices, Uniform Guidance

When Technology Hurts Innovation

Posted by Ryan Baird on Jul 20, 2016 6:01:25 AM

"There is a wide array of new technology solutions for every process and activity government employees engage in. And while new solutions tout improved ROI and efficiency and decreased costs, quantifiable outcomes may be hard to come by. What are some challenges to an organization's successful implementation? What solutions can be applied to these obstacles?"

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Topics: Grants Management Best Practices

It's A Parlour Game...

Posted by James Ha on Jun 20, 2016 4:13:00 AM

According to the National Association of State Budget Officers, as cited in the president’s FY16 annual budget, federal agencies awarded more than $600 billion in grant funding to state and local governments, higher education, and other public sector organizations. Recent grant reform has emphasized improving the performance of each grant program from these federal agencies.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Grants Management Best Practices

OMB Uniform Guidance: Promising Practices Webcast Available July 5

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jun 16, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Want to know what the thought leaders are thinking when it comes to the OMB Uniform Guidance? You're in luck. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR) have announced the third in a series of webcasts on the Uniform Guidance available at the COFAR website, https://cfo.gov/cofar/training/, on Tuesday, July 5, 2016.

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Topics: Grants Management Best Practices