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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 program. To be ‘grant ready,’ however, it is key to make sure you have done your homework and have everything you need in place before starting a trek down this path. To repeat one of the great mottos of the Twentieth century, it literally pays to ‘be prepared!’

The Definitive Guide to an Effective Grant Funding Strategy

Is your municipality interested in increasing revenue? Reducing administrative burdens? Improving outcomes?  eCivis reviewed dozens of local governments to evaluate their grant acquisition and management strategies. High performing organizations had three key characteristics that made them effective. To find out what they are, download our free guide to effective grant funding strategies.

Grant Risk Assessment for Your Organization

Across the board among local governments, the capacity to apply for grants has shrunk as workforces have been thinned and retired staff are not replaced. These circumstances, coupled with more stringent requirements at the federal level, make it imperative that organizations strategically approach pursuing grants to maximize award rates and ensure successful grants management.

Using a thorough risk evaluation process will help ensure that your efforts are spent on the grants with the greatest potential to positively impact your organization. Our Risk Assessment form guides you through the factors that should be considered prior to preparing an application:

What's Your Grant Strategy?

During last Thursday's ICMA-eCivis webinar on the grant challenges and solutions of small communities, the expert panel posed the following polling question:

Free Grants Management Guide: Creating a Grants Office

What I love about the following free guide is that it is both expert and accessible. Author Stacy Fitzsimmons, who helped establish a grants office for a state agency, shares her expertise and offers sound strategy for building support for your new office. The guide begins with an assessment to determine the need for a grants office, then moves forward into the process of building executive support, establishing strategy, gathering human and technological resources, and finally launching the office. In many ways, this is a great guide about interdepartmental communication, useful for any type of office. Yet it's so much more.

Creating a Grants Office from Scratch (Part 6): Resources and Launch

Here we are at the last post of this grants office series. I wish you great success as you ramp up your grants office with key stakeholders.

Creating a Grants Office from Scratch (Part 5): Establish Grant Goals

Now it's time to establish the office and launch. The main objective at this stage is to have a plan in place that is executable and that can be measured for success and return on investment. For strategy junkies and those that enjoy the development of the grant workplan (goals, objectives, outcomes, activities), this is the fun part. If you are not one of those, seek someone to help with the development. Sometimes the perspective of an outsider can be a grounding voice in the process.

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