The following blog article was written by eCivis sales representative Heidi Allen and Director of Governmental Solutions Angel Wright-Lanier about their attendance at the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) conference in Virginia Beach, VA on April 21-24. The NFBPA is a professional membership organization dedicated to the advancement of black leadership in the public sector.
Everything about the NFBPA conference was alive from the very start. What really set this event apart was the engagement and feedback we got from both clients and prospective clients. Countless clients stopped by the booth just to say thanks. Another large group of people stopped by for advice on how to write grant proposals or manage awards. It was actually surprising to see how many people are looking for ways to find, write, and manage grants—skills that can help bolster, and even turn around, local economies. Conversations like these make us even more passionate about eCivis!
Visitors to our booth brought up some great questions and concerns, and here are our answers:
- What kinds of grants do you have in your system? The whole gamut: federal, state, and foundation grants, large and small.
- Can we find corporate and foundation grants in your database? Yes. In fact, those are the most-searched types of grants in the Grants Network: Research database. Traditionally, cities and counties shy away from corporate and foundation grants because they don’t know they may be eligible. Such grants tend to come with less red tape and less competition.
- My organization doesn’t usually go after grants because we can’t afford to match. First, not all grants require match. Second, you can search eCivis’ database and limit search results to exclude/include grants requiring match, among other filters.
A few MPA students who dropped by our booth wanted to know more about our system because they have yet to gain experience with grants. Some discussions centered on how some colleges and universities lack, but should offer, classes on grant writing and grants management to help them prepare for future employment opportunities in local governments and nonprofit organizations. Other discussions focused on the need to systematically achieve the goal of increasing grant dollars in one’s organization—a challenge eCivis is prepared to resolve through its Governmental Solutions division.
We want to thank everyone who came by, and we’re looking forward to attending next year’s conference in Atlanta. But we have to make sure that all this talk turns into some action. So if you’re reading this and want to get on top of the grants game, give us a shout. We’re here to help you out!
eCivis is the nation's leading grants management software solution and the ideal platform for improving grants performance for local governments and community-based organizations. For more information about eCivis, visit www.ecivis.com.
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