As we roll into the last quarter of the year, eCivis is packing in a lot of facetime at conferences hosted by: the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), Illinois Municipal League (IML), Georgia City-County Management Association (GCCMA), Ohio Municipal League (OML), Kentucky Association of Counties (KAC), and National League of Cities (NLC)—all before December.Today we're attending and presenting at ICMA's annual conference about our work with Loudoun County to help them ramp up their grant writing team. In addition, Dr. Bev Browning will be holding a federal grant writing course next week (there's huge discount available to blog readers). Last, we've included some important grants news from the DOT, USDA, and the California HCD.
- The 98th ICMA Annual Conference! The International City/County Management Association advances professional local government worldwide. On Monday, October 8, eCivis will be presenting educational solutions track session, “Growing a Grant Writing Team from the Inside: A Tale of Loudoun County.”
- Federal Grant Writing 101: "Learn How to Write and Win a Federal Government Grant Award." Workshop led by Dr. Beverly A. Browning. Those enrolled will learn how to read federal grant application guidelines; determine what is required for a highly competitive written response; conduct statement of needs research, incorporate best practices in a program design, and complete the narrative and budget sections of a federal grant application. Click the "Redeem It" button and type “Oct%OFF” to receive a 60% discount!
- USDA disaster assistance sign-up: The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that producers can enroll in the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program for 2011 crop year losses beginning October 22, 2012. Per the 2008 farm bill, SURE authorizes assistance to farmers/ ranchers who suffered crop losses caused by natural disasters occurring through September 30, 2011. Read more here.
- California affordable housing community: Late September—Governor Jerry Brown signed several bills to enhance the ability of the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to provide housing in California. These bills make an additional $80 million in funding available, allow for the preservation of existing housing stock, and update several of the HCD’s programs. The Department will be releasing a list of upcoming notices of funding availability, and their tentative release dates, in the coming weeks. Signed bills include Assembly Bill 1951, which realigns $30 million of monies generated from Prop 1C into the Multifamily Housing Program; and Assembly Bill 1585, which re-appropriates $50 million of bond revenues to from monies derived from Prop 1C for Infrastructure-Infill Grants and TOD programs. Read more here.
- U.S. DOT announces major airport grants: Grants include $5.4 million for 13 airports that are taking innovative steps to reduce their impact on the environment, and $5.1 million to design and construct a runway safety area for Runway 6L/24R at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport. More grant details can be found here. (Lastly, kudos to the DOT for its website interfacelift.)