The Silver Civil Service Tsunami - How Local Governments Plan to Stay Afloat

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Dec 5, 2016 4:13:00 AM

Sipping margaritas at the beach. Scoring a hole-in-one on the greens. Or simply playing with the grandkids in the yard. If we could peek into the minds of U.S. workers, we might find these day dreams sneaking in with increasing frequency. That is because a growing number of employees will soon be eligible for retirement. Sometimes referred to as the "silver tsunami," demographers have long noted that the median age of the workforce has been inching upwards due to that huge cohort of folks born between 1946 and 1964 known as the baby boomers. Almost 10,000 of them are already retiring every day with more to come in the future. While this trend affects employers across the board, it has a special implications for government agencies. Statistically, public servants tend to be older than their private  counterparts. How are municipalities preparing for the loss of so much know-how and experience?

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Topics: Local Government

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

Project Planning and Implementation Collaboration for Local Government - Part 2

Posted by Beverly Browning on Jun 13, 2016 4:13:00 AM

Last month, I talked to you about the first of two potential collaboration options for local government: fiscal sponsorship.This month, we’re going to look at the project planning and implementation collaboration process. If you’re a local government, these two articles will provide you with some additional options for finding and qualifying for grant funding opportunities that are limited to IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

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Topics: Local Government

Local Government Collaborations Part 1 - Fiscal Sponsorship

Posted by Beverly Browning on May 9, 2016 4:00:00 AM

In this article, I’ll talk to you about the first of two potential collaboration options for local government. The first type is a fiscal sponsorship, the second type is project planning and implementation collaboration that I will cover in my June blog post. If you’re a local government, these two articles will provide you with some additional options for finding and qualifying for grant funding opportunities that are limited to IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

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Topics: Local Government, Partnerships

The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Apr 13, 2016 3:00:00 AM

Along with the $9 million the U.S Department of Justice is making available through the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) comes a major paradigm shift in the intersection between criminal justice and mental health. Every year 2 million people with mental illness find themselves in jail. That number far surpasses those in mental hospitals. This situation is unfortunate for everyone involved. Individuals are not getting the treatment they need and counties are faced with an ever increasing price tag for their incarceration. Inmates with mental illness cost more to treat, have longer stays, and contribute to a higher recidivism rate than the rest of the population.

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Topics: Health Care, Local Government, Law Enforcement

Local Governments: Setting Up a Nonprofit to Acquire Private Sector Funding

Posted by Beverly Browning on Mar 15, 2016 4:00:00 AM

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to present a grant writing session (along with Corey Coll, eCivis Enterprise Account Executive) and meet a lot of great, dedicated members of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) – Arizona. I listened to a ton of great stories about funding needs and best practices in local communities. One such best practice for local governments entails establishing a tax-exempt nonprofit to be eligible to receive certain private sector (foundations and corporations) funding. This practice was implemented by the Pima Association of Governments (PAG) in Tucson.

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Topics: Nonprofits, Local Government

How Foundation Grants Can Help Small Cities Achieve Strategic Planning Goals

Posted by Beverly Browning on Aug 3, 2015 4:00:00 AM

Are you looking to fund a new small-scale project in your city? Did you know that foundation grant makers have historically made grant awards for projects under $50,000 to small cities? Your city could apply for law enforcement equipment, fire services equipment, community garden essentials, capacity building initiatives, and more.

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Topics: Foundations, Local Government, Foundation Grants

Grant Success Spotlight: Digital Fire Training System for Allen, TX

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jul 15, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Is your fire department/brigade looking to conduct fire training scenarios, but without the environmental and safety concerns of traditional live burns? A digital fire training system could be the solution.

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Topics: Local Government, Fire Grants, Grant News

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

June Is Small Cities Month

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jun 8, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Are you a local government leader looking for creative ways to solve the challenges of your small city or town? The National League of Cities (NLC) has done a stellar job promoting small cities across the United States (#smallcities15), sharing stories of small cities that are leading innovation and supporting vibrant communities. These stories include that of Maricopa, AZ (proud to have you as an eCivis customer!), one of the featured cities at the Big Ideas for Small Cities conference held in March and a great example of how to get creative when you have the challenges of a big city without the resources.
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Topics: Grants Management Software, Local Government