Grant Management Blog - eCivis

Blog for state, local, and tribal government grant resources and articles.

3 Resolutions to Make for Your Government Grants

2021 has already started off as a stressful year for governments. But there are ways to mitigate...

What the $900 Billion COVID-19 Relief Bill Means for Governments

Stimulus checks have gone to households, the federal government is doubling down on unemployment...

What You Need to Know About Selecting a Grant Management Solution

With the onset of COVID-19, grants now comprise a large portion of state and local revenue....

Why Digitizing Grants & Procurement Now Will Help Governments Later

This blog is an excerpt from our new guide, “3 Ways to Maximize Your COVID-19 Funding Through...

Cost Allocation Plans vs. Indirect Cost Proposals

In our last blog discussing indirect costs, we focused on the top FAQs that come up for grants...

How to Level Up Your Grants Goals and Metrics

With another fiscal year coming to a close, deadlines are looming, reports are due, and leaders...

3 Things You Need To Do To Survive Another Fiscal Year

We’ve entered the fall season. And for grants administrators, we know what that means. It’s the...

What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Reporting and Recordkeeping

If you’re still wondering how to properly report on your grants from the Coronavirus Relief Fund...

What You Need to Know About the Uniform Grant Guidance Updates

The Office of Management and Budget just made a host of important updates to sections of OMB...

What You Don’t Want to Discount in Your Discretionary Funds

Are you cutting out tools that could be mission-critical in your efforts to save?

How to Maximize Revenue Through Indirect Costs

This blog is a recap of our latest webinar on indirect costs and cost allocation planning....

How to Virtualize Essential Government Processes

Amidst all the uncertainty of our nation’s post-pandemic outlook–given budget shortfalls and...

Arizona is Expediting COVID-19 Relief Through Cloud Technology

For the majority of states strategizing on the distribution of critical CARES Act funding, there...

Where to Look for Funding During Times of Crisis

Due to the impact of COVID-19, public-sector organizations are faced with the challenge of where...

Navigating Challenges and Opportunities in COVID-19 Grants Management

Over the past month, Congress approved unprecedented funding to support the nation’s medical and...

Coronavirus Relief Fund: The Latest FAQs for Governments

As Congress deliberates another round of funding to address the economic impacts of the COVID-19...

3 Processes Your Government Needs to Update Now

The impacts of COVID-19 across city, county, and all local governments are not diminishing...

Making the Most of Grants in Government

In our latest webinar, we spoke about the value of lifecycle grants management and how state,...

How to Connect Your Grant Funding to the Budgeting Process

We are currently in unprecedented times. Many government finance departments are rethinking...

5 Steps to Make the Most of Your COVID-19 Funding

The recent passage of the CARES Act allocates roughly $2 trillion to mitigate the economic...

COVID-19 Funding: Top FAQs for State and Local Governments

While we promised a 2-part blog series on coronavirus, it’s clear that the spread as well as...

How Governments Can Access Grants to Fight Coronavirus

If we think about it, state and local governments are “the backbone of our public health...

eCivis Has a Fresh New Look

If you’ve been to our homepage (or anywhere on our website) recently, you may have noticed...

From Bankruptcy to Building Systems That Last Into the Future - Detroit's Comeback

Before bankruptcy, the city of Detroit was operating with outdated systems, processes, and...

How Will the GREAT Act Affect Your Grant Reporting?

The Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act, is a new law signed on...

Changes from DUNS Number to Unique Entity ID

2020 will bring several changes to the grant world. A notable change required for receiving...

Pima County, AZ - FEMA Might Reconsider Indirect Expenses

May 2019, Pima County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to accept Operation Stonegarden grant...

eCivis Welcomes Nueces County, TX

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Do You Know How Much Air Pollution Is Caused by Idling Cars?

Have you ever considered about that long line of cars waiting outside of your neighborhood's...

2019 Maryland Governor's Grants Conference: October's Speakers and Events

Join us in College Park, Maryland on October 21st for the 15th Annual Maryland Governor’s Grants...

ICMA's Harvard Scholarship Winners

On behalf of all of us at eCivis, congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients Paul J....

It's Official! eCivis Joins GTY on NASDAQ

Today's technologies are transforming industries and our way of life, making activities and...

eCivis and Questica Reimagine Budgeting and Grants Management

What if you could cut the time it takes to create your budget in half? Is that something you...

Counties Brainstorm on Infrastructure, Opioids, Housing

(Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on the SmartBrief's Blog here).  The National...

Webinar: Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant

Don't miss your chance to attend this free INFRA grant webinar! eCivis has partnered with The...

Maryland Governor's Grants Training Conference: Partners in Success

Position your organization to win competitive grants that impact lives!  Join colleagues from...

Lessons in creatively winning grants from the Denver Public Library

(Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on the SmartBrief's Blog here).  The Denver Public...

OMB Embraces New Technology, Processes To Help Grant Recipients

(Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on the SmartBrief's Blog here).  The Office of...

How Do You Improve Grant Performance? Speed and Simplicity!

Complexity is the enemy of innovation. Think about some of the disruptive innovations of the...

It's Official. Cost Allocation Has Moved To The Cloud

I'm proud to announce the release of Allocate, the first cloud-based cost allocation software...

OMB Memo-M-18-24 Strategies to Reduce Recipient Reporting Burden

Improving performance, reducing administrative burden and simplifying compliance are common...

VW Settlement Funds Update: States Begin Work To Reduce NOx

States, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia are now actively engaged in utilizing more than...

The New Normal: Modernize and Standardize Your Grants System

State and local governments are modernizing their grants management systems to maximize grant...

How A Library Can Address Homelessness With Grant Funding

Addressing homelessness, poverty and substance abuse are priorities in many local...

3 Steps To Translate A Proposal Into Action

Organizations frequently struggle to align plans, budgets, and the daily operations associated...

Why Grant Management Software Implementations Fail

If you were to follow the journey of a single grant dollar from federal to state to local...

eCivis and Wizehive Focus on the Future of Grants Management

The state of Arizona is working with eCivis to implement the first comprehensive statewide SaaS...

Level Up: The 5 Levels of Grant Management Maturity

How mature is your organization’s grant management process? How do you measure this? As the wave...

Important AFG News: Registration Process Change in SAM.gov

We are passing along an important reminder about the Assistance to Firefighter's Grant (AFG) and...

Single Audit for Beginners: 10 FAQs

Access our free on-demand training "Navigating the Single Audit in the Era of COVID-19" here.

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Top 10 Reasons to Have a Grants Management System

If you’re a state, local or tribal government agency that is seeking to secure and properly...

BUILD is Replacing the TIGER Grant

The Consolidation Appropriations Act signed into law on March 23, 2018 authorized $1.5 billion...

Pass-Through Entities and Subs. Any Questions?

If you are new to grants management, or even if you are not, understanding the policies and...

Why Full Lifecycle Grants Management Needs Cost Allocation

What does cost allocation have to do with grants management? The answer is everything. Cost...

Alternative Funding and More for April 26, 2018

“Alternative Funding is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special opportunities, and unique...

Funding Kicks on Route 66

It is now more a part of our collective imagination than our infrastructure. Known as the Mother...

The Omnibus Budget Boost for Some Grants

It has been a bumpy road since President Trump announced his “skinny” budget for FY 2018 last...

Native American Cultural Preservation Programs and More

There are two grants related to cultural preservation with upcoming deadlines that may be of...

A New Fraud Alert Involving SAM

We are passing along some important news about the General Services Administration (GSA) and its...

Alternative Funding and More for March 29, 2018

Alternative Funding is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special opportunities, and unique...

Is Your Grant Management System Encouraging Hidden Culture?

Those who analyze how work gets done in an organization know that looking in company manuals to...

The Arizona Brownfields Assistance Program

For the second year in a row, a number of Arizona cities have been ranked as some of the...

From Bankruptcy to Best Practice - Detroit

Detroit's resilience, spirit and people have helped the City achieve remarkable results in the...

Parks and Recreation Grants for Spring

What? Next Tuesday is the first official day of Spring? Wait! Weren't we just celebrating the...

Funding for Native American Language Preservation

Esther Martinez was a woman who dedicated her life to preserving the Tewa language. Like so many...

Alternative Funding and More for February 23, 2018

“Alternative Funding is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special opportunities, and unique...

What to Do When Your SAFER Grant Ends?

Sometimes a federal acronym hits the nail on the head. Or fits the helmet on the new hire, as it...

Alternative Funding and More for February 15, 2018

“Alternative Funding is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special opportunities, and unique...

Early Diversion Grants for Persons with Mental Illness

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2 million people with mental illness...

Alternative Funding and More for February 8, 2018

“Alternative Funding is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special opportunities, and unique...

The Drug-Free Communities Support Program 2018

Amid the sobering headlines from the opioid epidemic, there is some encouraging news concerning...

Alternative Funding and More for February 1, 2018

“Alternative Funding is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special opportunities, and unique...

$1.1 Million Grant for Swimming Pool Safety

Why are we featuring a swimming pool safety grant in January? Aside from the fact that the...

Resilient Communities from NFWF

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Center for Environmental...

Alternative Funding and More for January 25, 2018

“Alternative Funding is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special opportunities, and unique...

Grants and the Federal Shutdown: 5 FAQs

The Senate has approved a stopgap spending measure to end the current shutdown and keep the...

Alternative Funding and More for January 18, 2018

“Alternative Funding is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special opportunities, and unique...

Grants to Expand Capacity in Adult Drug  and Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts

When it comes to drug addiction, research indicates that incarceration is not an effective...

The Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club from the ALA

If there is one organization that believes that books can change the world, it is the American...

Alternative Funding and More for January 11, 2018

“Alternative Funding is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special opportunities, and unique...

Recreation Grants from the LWCF State Assistance Program

A project in every county in the country! 40,400 grants over the past 40 years. A four-dollar...

Alternative Funding and More for January 4, 2018

“Alternative Funding is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special opportunities, and unique...

The Legal Assistance for Victims Grant from the OVW

Part of the United States Justice Department (DOJ), the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW)...

A Spotlight on Celebrity Foundations

We looked for a special topic that would that would fit the season this week— something with...

Alternative Funding and More for December 21, 2017

“Alternative Funding is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special opportunities, and unique...

Conflict Resolution Resources for Gang Prevention

JAMS is a commercial dispute resolution service that created the JAMS Foundation to give back to...

Science for the Public Good: The Smart and Connected Communities Program

The Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program from the National Science Foundation (NSF)...

Alternative Funding and More for December 14, 2017

“Alternative Funding is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special opportunities, and unique...

Check Out What You Missed in Maryland

Every year, the Maryland Governor's Grants Office (GGO) hosts a unique training conference for...

The Roy and Lila Ash Center Salutes Fresh Ideas

When something works it should be rewarded! Harvard's Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic...

Alternative Funding and More for December 7, 2017

Alternative Funding is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special opportunities, and unique...

School ecoGrants from the CPF

It is the mission of the Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) to help younger generations become good...

This Bird Grant Helps Nature Lovers Fly!

This grant is for the birds! We mean that literally. But, it is also so much more than that....

Alternative Funding and More for November 30, 2017

Alternative Funding is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special opportunities, and unique...

3 Tips for Choosing the Right Procurement Contract

Have you heard it? There has been a lot of chatter about the changes to procurement with the...

Subrecipient Monitoring Tool For Pass-Through Entities

The Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Intergovernmental Partnership members developed...

Who Is for Seconds on Hunger Relief?

This is the time of year for reruns and seconds.  In that spirit, we have updated last year's...

SCASDP - Helping Small Airports

Air service to and from a community is essential to its economic development. As major airlines...

Alternative Funding and More for November 16, 2017

“Alternative Funding is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special opportunities, and unique...

Alternative Funding and More for November 9, 2017

“Alternative Funding (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special...

People, Money, and Power: Civic Crowdfunding and Decision-Making

Until recently, residents and grassroots coalitions of neighbors had no mechanism for funding,...

GAO's Report on the Cost of Custom Grant Systems (Part 2)

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published a report on information...

Alternative Funding and More for November 2, 2017

“Alternative Funding (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special...

GAO's Report on the Cost of Custom Grant Systems (Part 1)

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published a report on information...

Drive a Stake Through Single Audit Fears

Your palms grow clammy and you become conscious of your own heartbeat. Your knees can no longer...

Alternative Funding and More for October 26, 2017

“Alternative Funding (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special...

Micro Grants for Walkable Cities

Those who have traveled to Italy may have become enchanted by the custom of la passenggiata. It...

What Is a Community Foundation, You Ask?

A community foundation is a charity run by local citizens committed to supporting the best...

Alternative Funding and More for October 19, 2017

“Alternative Funding (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special...

Grant Revenue: 3 Keys to Success

If there is a secret to increasing your grant awards and decreasing your administrative...

Grants for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Statistics tell us that each year over 10 million people experience physical abuse by an...

Alternative Funding and More for October 12, 2017

“Alternative Funding (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special...

Digging Your Veggies 2

Some things deserve a second act. Last year, we told  you about the Farm to School grants from...

LISC: Working for Communities

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is a community development organization that...

Alternative Funding and More for October 5, 2017

“Alternative Funding (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special...

Helping At-Risk Students: The GradNation Acceleration Grant

Let's start with the good news. The U.S. high school graduation rate is at an all time high at...

AFG 2017: Tips for Success

The 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) application period is now open with a 2018 ...

Alternative Funding and More for September 28, 2017

“Alternative Funding (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special...

What Do I Do With All This Data?

Despite the plethora of public data available, it can be difficult to navigate information about...

Bridging the Gap Between:  Ideas on Local Government Nonprofit-Collaboration

Thomas Edison once said, "To have a great idea, have a lot of them." As grants become more...

Alternative Funding and More for September 21, 2017

“Alternative Funding (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special...

TIGER Funding 2017

The 2017 round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program was...

Join Us for the Maryland Governor's Grants Training Conference

eCivis is proud to announce its fourth-year sponsorship of the Maryland Governor’s Grants...

Alternative Funding and More for September 14, 2017

“Alternative Funding (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special...

Fire-Adapted Communities: The Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire Program (CPAW)

Along with their devastating physical and psychological toll, the price tag for fighting...

Service Grants in Memory of 9/11

To commemorate the sixteenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, we bring you two programs...

Alternative Funding and More for September 7, 2017

“Alternative Funding (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special...

Disaster Relief, Recovery, and Prevention Programs

Even before Hurricane Harvey, natural disasters have been on the increase in the the United...

Alternative Funding and More for August 31, 2017

“Alternative Funding (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special...

Demystifying Indirect Costs

Indirect costs can be confusing if you are not a seasoned grant expert, finance professional or...

Finish Line Youth Foundation: Grants for Youth Athletic Programs

We have been talking a lot lately about how important community coalitions are to local...

Wetlands Conservation - 3 Funding Sources

Whether they are protecting the air conditioner in our home or the engine in our car, most of us...

Alternative Funding and More for August 24, 2017

“Alternative Funding" (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special...

The 2017 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) is the primary source of federal...

Grant Impacts: Moving People, Not Cars

How does an infrastructure project help shape a city around its residents? Chris Nevitt,...

Alternative Funding and More for August 17, 2017

“Alternative Funding" (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special...

OMB Update: DATA Act, Uniform Guidance & Single Audit

On August 10, The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) submitted its Report to Congress on the...

Laura Bush's Library Legacy

First ladies advocate for causes that matter to them, often long after they leave the White...

Alternative Funding and More for August 10, 2017

“Alternative Funding" (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special...

Supporting and Enhancing Your Budget to Benefit Your Community:  A Free Webinar

What do you do when leadership asks you for a strategic funding plan? How do you leverage...

Alternative Funding and More for August 3 2017

“Alternative Funding" (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special...

How Community Coalitions Can Improve Your Chances of Getting Funded

Since early 1990s, community coalition building has made progressive inroads for securing...

Fire Department  Grants for Equipment and More: The Leary Foundation

On December 3, 1999, six firefighters from the Worcester Massachusetts fire department, known as...

Alternative Funding and More for July 27 2017

“Alternative Funding" (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special...

Native American Housing Resources from the Red Feather Development Group

As we strive to illuminate how grants touch lives, today we bring you guest blogger Joe...

Germinating Greenways: A Million Mile Program

Who loves multi-use trails besides bikers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts? Home town...

Alternative Funding and More for July 20, 2017

“Alternative Funding" (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special...

Electrify America:  Lighting the Way for Electric Vehicles (EVs)

Electric cars have been making headlines lately. Spurred by Volvo's decision to only introduce...

Tribal & Rural Transportation:  CTAA Short-Term Assistance

The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) is a national professional membership...

Alternative Funding and More for July 13, 2017

“Alternative Funding" (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special...

FastLane Applicants: Who Needs to Reapply?

Life in the FASTLANE is about to become a bit different after a recent overhaul of this program...

Your Annual Grants Calendar & Upcoming Federal Grants:  A Free Webinar

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax."...

Alternative Funding and More for July 6, 2017

“Alternative Funding" (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special...

CDBG:  Creating Local Solutions With Public-Private Partnerships

The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) was created in 1974 to provide communities...

STEM Grants for Schools

STEM grants are in demand because educators are keenly aware of the importance of STEM (science,...

Alternative Funding and More for June 29, 2017

“Alternative Funding" (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special...

Grant Applications: Four Formatting Errors to Avoid

Guest blogger Linda Yates is back with helpful tips on how to avoid fatal mistakes when...

Alternative Funding and More for June 22, 2017

“Alternative Funding" (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special...

Parks and Recreation Grants:  OH!  How Happy!!!

OH! stands for Outdoor Happiness. That is exactly what McKee Foods (parent company of Little...

Historical Preservation Grants: Our Maritime Heritage

Who benefits from historical preservation grants?  Museums and historical societies come to...

The Pulling Together Initiative from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Thirty-three billion dollars a year in damage to the economy! The destruction of natural...

Alternative Funding and More for June 14, 2017

“Alternative Funding" (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special...

Naloxone Funding Assistance: FR-CARA

Preliminary statistics reported by the New York Times indicate that drug overdoses may have...

Taxes Are the New Budget Cuts

Recently I attended the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) conference May 6-9 in...

Grants Extended: Funding and More for June 8, 2017

“Grants Extended” (formerly "Special Opps") is a collection of supplemental funding sources,...

The Bulletproof Vest Partnership and More

Over 3,000! POLICE Magazine reports that is the number of lives saved since the seventies when...

How Grants Impact People's Lives

Approximately $700 billion in federal grants will be awarded this year. The real story, however,...

The Rural Community Development Initiative Grant

USDA Rural Development is a branch of the Unites States Department of Agriculture whose mission...

Creative Placemaking - The Our Town Grant Program

Increased tourism! Revenue upswings for local businesses! Job creation for artisans! These are...

Telemedicine, Technology, and Distance Learning:   The DLT Grant Program

Rural medicine is facing a crisis! Declining populations, a high percentage of uninsured...

The Skinny on the Full Budget

The full version of March's abbreviated or "skinny" federal budget proposal was released this...

Special Opps: Funding and More for May 25, 2017

“eCivis Special Opps” is collection of supplemental funding sources, resources, and other...

Ford Foundation Grants:  The Front Lines of Social Change

Once the largest philanthropic organization in the world, the Ford Foundation was established in...

Economic Clusters and The Regional Innovation Strategies Program

City and county administrators, elected officials, economic developers,  and citizens...

Special Opps: Funding and More for May 18, 2017

“eCivis Special Opps” is collection of supplemental funding sources, resources, and other...

Federal Transit Grants - The Low or No Emission Bus Program

Thirty-seven million metric tons of CO2 emissions annually! That is how much would be saved if...

Special Opps: Funding and More for May 11, 2017

“eCivis Special Opps” is collection of supplemental funding sources, resources, and other...

Are You Grant-Ready? Four Key Points to Consider When Starting Grant Development

Local governments and non-profit organizations alike can benefit from a strong grant development...

Special Opps: Funding and More for May 4, 2017

“eCivis Special Opps” is collection of supplemental funding sources, resources, and other...

Complete Streets:  An Economic Analysis Beyond Numbers

Today's guest blogger is Scott Lane, Senior Transportation Planner at Stantec.   Scott will be...

Infrastructure Grants - The ATCMTD

6.9 billion hours! That is the amount of time Americans spend stuck in traffic, according to a ...

Special Opps: Funding and More for April 27, 2017

“eCivis Special Opps” is collection of supplemental funding sources, resources, and other...

Grants for Rural Hospitals: Expanding Outreach

According to the National Rural Health Association, more than 75 rural hospitals have closed...

Environmental  Grants  Happy Belated Earth Day  Birthday!

The official date for Earth Day may be Sunday, April 22, but the point of the occasion is to...

Special Opps: Funding and More for April 20, 2017

“eCivis Special Opps” is collection of supplemental funding sources, resources, and other...