Plotting Your 2016 Grants Calendar

Posted by Beverly Browning on Dec 14, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Every grant writer has their own process for keeping track of what grant applications are due, funders that they have made contact with, and next steps. There is no right or wrong way to create a grants calendar. In this blog post, I’ll simply give you some research links to review and offer a sentence or two about why I think the information will help you decide how you want to plot your 2016 grants calendar.

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Topics: Grant Writing, Grants Management Best Practices

How the City of Goodyear Improved Transparency

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Nov 23, 2015 10:20:30 AM

If you work in local government, you probably appreciate opportunities to hear from colleagues on successful efforts to attain alternative funding and improve transparency. So we're sharing a couple more case studies to show you what's working with our partners.

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Topics: eCivis Resources, Grants Management Best Practices

Case Studies from the Cities of San Antonio and Avondale

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Nov 16, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Rapid growth in your city can be seen as a blessing and a curse. And an opportunity. Growth can place tremendous pressure on city services and transportation corridors, pushing city administrators to search for alternative funding sources. Our case study from the City of Avondale, Arizona, addresses just this topic.

You can also read about how the City of San Antonio, a longtime client of ours, overhauled its grant management processes, getting all deparments on the same page and increasing visibility into departmental activities. Click the stories that you resonate with, and tell us what you think!

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Topics: eCivis Resources, Grants Management Best Practices

NGMA Grant Management Training Coming to LA

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Oct 19, 2015 4:00:00 AM

The National Grants Management Association (NGMA), Crowe Horwath, and eCivis are excited to offer FREE grant management training, titled Grant Management in 2015, in Los Angeles on the afternoon of Monday, November 9, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.(registration begins at noon and training begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.). Interested in attending and learning a bit more about the sessions and speakers? Read on.

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Topics: Grants Management Best Practices, Conferences

3 Ways to Simplify Grant Management

Posted by Lucy Morgan on Oct 5, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Have you ever been to a cupcake bakery?

I was standing in front of the counter at one recently and was overwhelmed by the variety of choices to pick from. 

As I contemplated the flavors, frostings, and toppings, I was struck by how similar cupcakes are to grant management in terms of the sheer number of grants available and the number of organizations managing them. 

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Topics: Grants Management Best Practices

How to Prevent Returning Grant Funds to a Grantor: Lessons for Government Agencies

Posted by Cherrise Wilks on Aug 19, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Recently, I had the unfortunate experience of listening to professional colleagues describe three distinct cases whereby their organizations successfully secured federal and state grant funding and had to return all or a portion of the grant back to the funders. It pained me to listen to these scenarios, as both a proposal writer and a grants manager, because everything was avoidable. Additionally, my heart went out to them, because I know firsthand how difficult it is to write and win competitive proposals at the federal or state level. I also know how hard it can be to manage government grants if you do not have the right internal controls set up, or adequate staff to support the administration of additional funds. However, I have written this blog article to shed some light on how easy it is to have funds rescinded, and I have offered a few examples of potential solutions.

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Topics: Grants Management Best Practices

Grants Management Case Studies, Part 1: Effective Use of Federal Funding at the State and Local Levels

Posted by Rachel Werner on Aug 17, 2015 4:00:00 AM

Each day grant professionals focus on supporting their recipients, adhering to administrative requirements, and in general, focusing on the daily operations of administering or managing large grant awards. Unless someone seeks out a professional development opportunity, such as a conference or webinar, how does a grant professional stay engaged in best practices regarding federal grants management? As is often the case, people learn by reading about what others are doing that ensures success. This article reflects the first in a series of case studies about various grants management topics, specifically pertaining to the post-award management of federal grant funds.

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Topics: Grants Management Best Practices

A Grant Status Report Template for Your Team

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Aug 12, 2015 4:00:00 AM

Grant Status Report for Finance Teams to Better Manage GrantsHey, local governments! We have a new template your finance team will thank you for. It's a highly useful tool for tracking grant expenditures, so that a reviewer of this report can keep in mind whether grants are billed and collected in a timely manner, and whether grants will be spent within the grant period. Produced by Kevin Harper, CPA, a local government auditor with decades of experience, this document will help improve your internal controls if you don't already have something like this in place:

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Topics: Budgets, eCivis Resources, Grants Management Best Practices

What Future OMB Grant Trainings Would You Like?

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Aug 10, 2015 7:00:00 AM

We want to provide you the best possible grants management training—training constructed around your questions and issues as your team begins to operationalize the OMB Uniform Guidance. So we have set up a survey to collect input from grant managers and other grant administrators to focus future trainings based on your questions and suggestions.

You can take our survey by clicking here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OMB-Trainings.

In fact, if you're planning on giving us your feedback, it's best to do so now and read the rest of this post later. (We list some other survey takers' common ideas and questions below and don't want to influence you!)

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

Uniform Guidance Q&A: "What's Next?"

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Aug 5, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Here comes the final clip of our ten-part OMB Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) training, which is now in full effect for federal grantees. In this article, OMB Senior Policy Analyst Victoria Collin conducts a Q&A on the training and provides a glimpse of what the guidance means years from now. Check out our final clip and leave a comment on future trainings you would like to see. If you haven't done so already, you can view all the training clips at the button below.

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