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Grant News: eCivis Training, Sequester Update, and Federal Agency Efficiency

by eCivis on August 13, 2013
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eCivis webinar, sequestration stories for August 2013, and how federal agencies are working smarter with lesseCivis Grant Research and Writing Training in Phoenix

Dr. Beverly Browning, Vice President of Grants Professional Services for eCivis, and the City of Phoenix will host “Taking Your Grant Research & Writing Skills to the Next Level” on Friday, October 4, 2013, 9:00 AM–4:00 PM (MST), at the HOPE VI Emmett McLoughlin Community Training and Education Center. The session will go over grant database research techniques to identify federal, state, and private-sector funding sources for your funding needs, and will highlight grant writing best practices. Register before September 20 to get the early bird discount.

Stories of Sequestration

    It’s been over five months since sequestration took effect on March 1. How are various agencies, states and localities absorbing the impact and finding alternative funding sources? Here are some sample stories:

    • U.S. Department of Defense: With the federal FY 2014 beginning in October, and with defense taking half the sequestration hit, the DoD is working out plans for reductions in force and involuntary separations in the coming fiscal year if sequestration continues.
    • Wyoming: Nonprofits and private donors have stepped in to supplement Wyoming national park budgets this summer. Inspiring as the story might be, such aid is a temporary salve rather than a long-term solution.
    • Ohio:  The Ohio Department of Health typically receives nearly 70 percent of its funding from federal agencies for public health services. Of nearly 100 federal health grants the state expects to receive, Washington so far has announced cuts for only 18. The cuts amount to just over $10 million, $3.2 million of which the state absorbed. State and local agencies took on the remaining $6.8 million, identifying alternative sources of funding and cost savings. Read more

    DHS and DoD: Smarter with Less

      “Smarter with less” seems just slightly different than "doing more with less," but I'll take it if we can step away from the latter cliché. This article provides a look at how these departments are working within the tighter-budget paradigm, and looking into such moves as eliminating duplicated programs (something the Government Accountability Office has reported on, in addition to promoting a better-organized grants workforce). The article offers insight into how the DoD and DHS have been walking the walk, albeit in cheaper shoes.

      About eCivis

      eCivis is the nation's leading grants management software solution and the ideal platform for improving local governments' and community-based organizations' grants performance. For more information about eCivis, visit www.ecivis.com. For media inquiries, contact media@ecivis.com.

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