"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax." Abraham Lincoln may not have been talking specifically about grants when he said this, but nothing could be better advice when it comes to seeking federal funding.This arena has become more competitive than ever. That is why The Ferguson Group (TFG) and eCivis have partnered to bring you a free webinar on July 24 on how to lay the groundwork for federal opportunities. (Update: Although the date for this webinar has past, there is a link to the free recording below) The first step is developing an annual grants calendar to increase your community's return on investment. The webinar will also cover how to prepare for the three specific programs:
- TIGER - The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program is for innovative transportation projects that are not easily funded through traditional means. Since 2009, the TIGER has provided a combined $5.1 billion to 421 projects. As an example of how competitive a federal grant can be, in 2016 TIGER made 40 awards out of a pool of 585 eligible applicants.
- AFG – One of three major grants FEMA makes available to fire departments and related agencies, the purpose of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program program is to help fire and EMS organizations meet their basic needs by helping them acquire protective gear, equipment, vehicles, training and other necessary resources.
- Brownfields Assessment Grants – These grants provide funding to inventory, identify past uses, determine existing contamination, community education and plan clean-up of Brownfield sites.
Heidi Schott is a Senior Associate and Grants Services Manager at The Ferguson Group. She is an integral part of TFG’s Grants discipline and specializes in grants services for public agencies and nonprofit organizations on a wide variety of funding and program operations. Heidi has been successful leading, developing, advising on, and writing competitive grant proposals. Since joining the firm, she has secured over $30 million in federal funding from DOT, DOJ, HUD, DHS, USDA and EPA on behalf of clients. Heidi also undertakes complex policy and research analysis on housing, public safety, economic and workforce development, education, transportation, environment and water resource issues.
Heidi received her B.A. in European History from the University of Victoria and her Master’s in Public Administration, with a concentration in Public Management and Economic Analysis, from George Washington University. She is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, the national public affairs and administration honors society.
Karl Kalbacher, PG, is the Director of Environment, Economics and Grant Services at The Ferguson Group. He provides strategic direction for the marketing and firm-wide delivery of grant services, consulting for environmental regulatory issues and expert advice on economic development opportunities. Karl has over 26 years work experience at the municipal, county, and state levels. He possesses extensive HUD management experience that includes direct client oversight of the Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, CAPER as well as the CDBG, HOME and ESG programs. He has worked extensively with local governments on Lead-Based Paint grant programs.
Karl holds a B.S. in Geology from Tulane University, a M.S. in Geology from Stephen F. Austin State University, and he completed the Louisiana Teacher Certification Program. Karl has been a Delaware Registered Professional Geologist since 1993, and is an Adjunct Professor of Geology, Climate Studies and Physical Science at Cecil College in Northeast, MD.
Sharpen your axes by registering here for our July 24 webinar at 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. PDT:
Although the live webinar is over, you can still access the recording by clicking the link above.