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Tackling Drought Through Innovation, Grants, and Government

Smart technologies are changing the way we live and allowing cities to more efficiently deliver services. There are smart signals to optimize timing and assist with easing traffic congestion in cities, smart water meters that allow water customers to track usage and conservation in real time, and general open-data apps to keep residents informed and conserve resources.

Second Round of Promise Zones Announced

North Hartford Promise Zone (Google Maps).

Yesterday, the Obama Administration announced the next round of urban, rural, and tribal communities that have received a Promise Zone designation. For this second round of competition, 123 applications were received from 38 states, along with Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Eight communities—six urban and two rural/tribal—were selected for Promise Zone designation:

Grant Seeking in an Affluent City: How to Approach Funders

I was recently asked to help a nonprofit organization that was located in an affluent city and that was continually rejected by grantors when it sought funding to supplement its other revenues. The organization’s staff figured that potential funders had perceived the nonprofit as being as well off as the high-median-income city in which it was situated.

Joint Grant Seeking: A Strategy for Securing Grants

Economic challenges and increased competition for dwindling resources is motivating many nonprofits and public agencies to take a closer look at collaboration as a means of ensuring sustainability. Organizations are increasingly leveraging resources by forming partnerships with other agencies. Funders welcome strong collaborative efforts that include joint grant seeking that will result in strengthening organizational effectiveness, expanding reach, and implementing best practices in a cost-effective manner.

Grant News Grab Bag: From State Single Audit Analysis to "Pay for Success" Financing

Relevant grant news you can use: a state-by-state comparison of single audit findings, an upcoming SAM webinar, a look at CDBG funding cuts, and how "pay for success" financing could help social service programs.

Broadband Adoption: Lessons Learned from Local Government

Last week I discussed the issue of expanding broadband to disadvantaged populations and how this infrastructure requires both the support of the target community and improved “digital literacy” in communities. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) hosted a lessons learned webinar on May 20 to relate the successful strategies of the Recovery Act-funded Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and to provide a broadband adoption toolkit for local governments interested in replicating successful projects. This follow-up article highlights some of the inspiring examples provided by the BTOP presenters, who spearheaded projects that creatively assessed community needs and harnessed partnerships to improve economies and communities alike.

Municipalities: What’s Your Approach to Nonprofit Grants?

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