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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 existing resources to bring more funds to your state, local government, or nonprofit organization? On Wednesday, August 30, one of the nation's leading grants management experts, Merril Oliver, CGMS, will guide attendees on how to use approved budgets as the foundation to a more robust strategic funding plan that drives programs and projects for the public good. 

Taxes Are the New Budget Cuts

Recently I attended the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) conference May 6-9 in Denver. This being my first time attending, I was struck with the level of professionalism and the atmosphere of learning emanating from the conference speakers and attendees. You never know quite what you’re going to get in a conference, since in my experience conferences are like colleges. Some are party schools and proud of it; others try hard to promote their academic standards and austere culture. This definitely seemed more towards the latter.

A Grant Status Report Template for Your Team

Grant Status Report for Finance Teams to Better Manage GrantsHey, local governments! We have a new template your finance team will thank you for. It's a highly useful tool for tracking grant expenditures, so that a reviewer of this report can keep in mind whether grants are billed and collected in a timely manner, and whether grants will be spent within the grant period. Produced by Kevin Harper, CPA, a local government auditor with decades of experience, this document will help improve your internal controls if you don't already have something like this in place:

Incorporating Grant Writing Assistance into Your Budget Planning Process

Annually, units of municipal government, nonprofit organizations, and other eligible grant applicants go through a budget planning and preparation process for the next fiscal year’s anticipated expenses and revenues. This is a long process that often involves public meetings, department-level number crunching, and governing body review and approval of the final proposed budget. While this can best be described as a labor-intensive project for all parties involved, it frequently overlooks the possibility of retaining the services of an in-house grant writer or a third-party grant writing consultant.

FY2015: Grants and Your Local Government Budget

Grant News Grab Bag: A Budget, Seminar, eBook, and More


Bipartisan Present: Budget Wards Off Sequestration

It may be one of the least productive congressional sessions in U.S. history, but Congress passed a budget yesterday. Call it a bipartisan present for the holidays, as it staves off sequestration, across-the-board funding cuts that have affected nearly all federal programs, for two years. Read more about the passage, the brinkmanship, and the price some will pay.

City Fiscal Conditions for 2013-2014


NLC's City Fiscal Conditions Report 2013

According to this year’s City Fiscal Conditions report by the National League of Cities (NLC), 72 percent of city finance officers report that their cities are better able to meet fiscal needs than in 2012 (57 percent) and 2011 (43 percent). When asked about the impact of factors influencing city budgets in 2013, at least 7 in 10 city finance officers cited health benefit costs (80 percent), pension costs (75 percent), and infrastructure demands (73 percent) as negatively affecting city budgets.

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