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The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

Along with the $9 million the U.S Department of Justice is making available through the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) comes a major paradigm shift in the intersection between criminal justice and mental health. Every year 2 million people with mental illness find themselves in jail. That number far surpasses those in mental hospitals. This situation is unfortunate for everyone involved. Individuals are not getting the treatment they need and counties are faced with an ever increasing price tag for their incarceration. Inmates with mental illness cost more to treat, have longer stays, and contribute to a higher recidivism rate than the rest of the population.

Local Governments: Setting Up a Nonprofit to Acquire Private Sector Funding

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to present a grant writing session (along with Corey Coll, eCivis Enterprise Account Executive) and meet a lot of great, dedicated members of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) – Arizona. I listened to a ton of great stories about funding needs and best practices in local communities. One such best practice for local governments entails establishing a tax-exempt nonprofit to be eligible to receive certain private sector (foundations and corporations) funding. This practice was implemented by the Pima Association of Governments (PAG) in Tucson.

How Foundation Grants Can Help Small Cities Achieve Strategic Planning Goals

Are you looking to fund a new small-scale project in your city? Did you know that foundation grant makers have historically made grant awards for projects under $50,000 to small cities? Your city could apply for law enforcement equipment, fire services equipment, community garden essentials, capacity building initiatives, and more.

Grant Success Spotlight: Digital Fire Training System for Allen, TX

Is your fire department/brigade looking to conduct fire training scenarios, but without the environmental and safety concerns of traditional live burns? A digital fire training system could be the solution.

Turning Your Vision for Community Improvement into a Reality

Whether you're an elected official or a full-time local government employee, your mission is to improve your community. Promises made on the campaign trail or goals included in a department’s strategic plan should eventually be fulfilled; however, we must all acknowledge that having a vision and realizing that vision can sometimes be light years apart. In this blog article, I’ll give you glimpses into communities that have funded community improvement visions.

June Is Small Cities Month

Are you a local government leader looking for creative ways to solve the challenges of your small city or town? The National League of Cities (NLC) has done a stellar job promoting small cities across the United States (#smallcities15), sharing stories of small cities that are leading innovation and supporting vibrant communities. These stories include that of Maricopa, AZ (proud to have you as an eCivis customer!), one of the featured cities at the Big Ideas for Small Cities conference held in March and a great example of how to get creative when you have the challenges of a big city without the resources.

Local Government and Grant News for May 28, 2015

How can local governments better serve their communities? One step is to read up on demonstrated successes, from economic development ideas with proven effectiveness to the innovative ways that cities are leading in energy efficiency. Here are some annotated stories to get you going:

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