The following success stories demonstrate how communities benefit from local governments using grants management software and grant writing services. Read how local governments such as Allen, TX, and Santa Clarita, CA, use eCivis to drive their grants success.
City of Rio Hondo, TX
Project: Police Department Data Collection System
Funded By: U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ)
Total Awarded: $48,000
With a population of 2,356, the farming community of Rio Hondo is located in South Texas in Cameron County, about 28 miles north of Brownsville. The city has benefited from a number of grant successes during 2014-2015, including acquiring funding for smart water meters and water treatment. The city notably acquired a $48,000 grant to provide all its police officers with body-worn cameras and to equip two vehicles with digital cameras, replacing the outdated tape cameras.
“We needed to get body cameras as well as some bullet-proof vests,” said City Administrator Ben Medina. “Through your search engine we were able to identify funding sources to make this happen.” With the new cameras, police officers have better documentation of their encounters for the sake of both the police and citizens.
Town of Orange, VA
Project: Town of Orange Standpipe and Tank PER
Funded By: Virginia Department of Health, Office of Drinking Water
Total Awarded: $45,000
With a population of 4,721, the Town of Orange has relied on a water tank that is over 100 years old and has been refurbished several times. Concerned about the long-term capacity of the standpipe to provide clean, potable drinking water, town administrators started to look for grant funding to assess its condition and determine its operation life. They decided to pursue a State Office of Drinking Water grant to accomplish this.
"We needed funding for a PER to assess the standpipe and all of its related functions, and to determine a course of action for the future," said Linda Chambers, Deputy Treasurer for the Town of Orange and the town's primary grant administrator. Administrators submitted an application for the fall 2014 cycle but were unsuccessful. "We submitted additional documentation with our next application, for which we were awarded." On the second try, town administrators included an Office of Drinking Water Waterworks Evaluation, which had recommended that the standpipe be replaced. "It was the additional documentation that helped our case," said Chambers.
"eCivis was my source for the grant information," added Chambers. "Prior to my coming into this position, intermittent research for grants was done. I use eCivis for all my grant research needs.... Our subscription to eCivis has definitely paid off."
City of Allen, TX
Project: Digital Fire Training System
Funded By: Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation
Total Awarded: $19,143.82
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Given persistent drought conditions in northern Texas, traditional fire suppression training was not a practical option for the City of Allen's fire department. With the help of eCivis Grants Network and a client services representative, the department was able to identify a grant opportunity from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation that would allow a variety of members of the community to digitally simulate real-world scenarios.
After winning a grant from the foundation, the fire department was able to provide "fire suppression training to communities that otherwise would not be able to engage in fire safety activities, including a local assisted living facility," said Linda Greenidge, Public Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Allen Fire Department. Training has allowed members of the community to engage in a variety of fire scenarios requiring different kinds of coordination, and has even allowed a local sixth-grade class to earn pass/fail credit for completion of a fire safety training course.
City of Calexico, CA
Project: Housing Rehabilitation, Rental Assistance, and Technical Assistance
Funded By: State of California via U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (pass-through funding)
Total Awarded: $1.3 Million
With a population of 38,572 (2010 census), the City of Calexico is a border city in eastern California. In 2014, the city received a Community Development Block Grant from the State of California Housing and Community Development for $1.3 million for housing rehabilitation for low-income homeowners, rental assistance for low-income households, and a microenterprise program providing technical assistance training for those looking to start a business. The program will help teach prospective business owners how to write up a business plan, as well as manage payroll, taxes, and business licensing—“anything they need to establish a small business,” said Grants Manager Rosalind Guerrero, who uses eCivis Grants Network to find funding opportunities for the city’s departments, including police, fire, housing, public works and community services. The mission of the CDBG award will be facilitated by two nonprofit partners: the Neighborhood House of Calexico, a nonprofit providing microenterprise loans, and the Small Business Development Center through San Diego State University (SDSU), which will provide technical assistance to prospective small business owners.
City of Brighton, CO
Project: WaterSmart Pilot Project
Funded By: State of Colorado Water Conservation Board
Total Awarded: $47,750
In the semi-arid State of Colorado, water conservation is vital to ensure the sustainability of our most valuable resource. Water conservation programs not only save water, they save money for the customer, and they save the need for additional infrastructure. The City of Brighton is committed to the continuation of implementing programs to achieve our defined water savings goals.
WaterSmart will work with the City of Brighton to randomly select 4,000 single family residential accounts for enrollment in a year-long pilot project designed to spur conservation among enrolled homes and provide the data necessary for clear results and data monitoring. Enrolled accounts will be sent Home Water Reports and have access to a web-based Customer Portal that presents customer-specific water use data and comparisons, customized water saving recommendations, and possible opportunities for streamlined processes. WaterSmart will also provide the City of Brighton with a web-based Utility Dashboard that will allow City staff to track program performance and access additional analytics to further target residential customers for conservation assistance.
“The City is looking forward to implementing this project and many more conservation projects for our community.”
- Dawn Hessheimer, Water Resources Specialist
City of Memphis, TN
Project: Memphis Workforce Investment Network YouthBuild Program
Funded By: U.S. Department of Labor
Total Awarded: $1,100,000
The Memphis Workforce Investment Network YouthBuild Program will serve 70 young people ages 18-24 who will help build eight homes in Memphis during a two-year training period (2014-2015). This project is part of the larger Heritage Trails strategy to revitalize historically disadvantaged neighborhoods in the downtown area by training local youth to become skilled construction workers with opportunities for long-term careers and income growth in their community.
“eCivis Grants Professional Services provided excellent technical assistance with our grant proposal. They helped me shape the proposal to get it into a winning form, and were instrumental in making sure that the proposal met what the Department Labor was looking for.”
- Alan Gumbel, Program Manager
The Port of Los Angeles, CA
Project: Port Technology Advancement Program
Funded By: Recovery Act: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG)
Total Awarded: $1,482,000
The Technology Advancement Program (TAP) serves as the catalyst for identifying, evaluating, and demonstrating new and emerging emissions reduction and electrification technologies applicable to the port industry. These technologies will be incorporated in future updates to the Port's Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) as either new control measures, alternatives to existing emission reduction strategies, or as additional mitigation options to support Port growth. Projects that are seeking funding or other forms of assistance are required to submit a proposal explaining their technology and their assistance request. Proposals are evaluated by the TAP Advisory Committee using screening criteria including, but not limited to cost, feasibility, applicability, technological maturity, vendor qualifications and their ability to cost share.
The Port will utilize this funding to further its technologies efforts including, but not limited to, zero emission heavy duty trucks, shore-side power production, electric rubber tired gantry cranes, and harbor craft. The Port would limit grants using DOE funding to commercially available equipment that increases energy efficiency and reduces emissions. DOE funds would be limited to paying equal or less than the incremental cost of the new equipment, as compared to traditionally fueled equipment. DOE funding would be used to fund portions of the purchase of efficient equipment as described above, and for City staff salaries.
The Port of Los Angeles, CA
Project: Harry Bridges Blvd Improvement
Funded By: Federal Economic Recovery Program: Highway Safety Improvement
Total Awarded: $21,472,000
The Harry Bridges Blvd Improvement Project consists of roadway improvements along a 1.3-mile segment in Wilmington. The street improvements along Harry Bridges Boulevard, from Lakme Avenue to Figueroa Street, will include grading, utility relocations, construction of concrete walks, gutters, driveways, traffic signals, fire hydrants, street lighting storm drainage, signage, landscaping, irrigation and fiber optic infrastructure. Construction is expected to be complete in January 2012.
City of McAllen, TX
Project: Rio Grande Valley Border Interoperability Regional Project
Funded By: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Total Awarded: $1,940,000
The City of McAllen, Texas, received $1,940,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the Rio Grande Valley Border Interoperability Regional Project (RGVBIRP). This project is designed to improve emergency and public safety communications between federal agencies, local first responders, and law enforcement departments. The RGVBIRP is a demonstration of the ability of public safety authorities in the U.S. and Mexico to communicate via a secure connection, in real‐time, during emergency situations such as natural disasters, national threats, or when in pursuit of criminal activities along and across the U.S.‐Mexico border.
City of Boynton Beach, FL
Project: Family Reading Program
Funded By: Target Store Grants
Total Awarded: $3,000
City of McAllen, TX
Project: International Museum of Art and Science
Funded By: JP Morgan Chase Foundation Grant, Texas Commission on the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts
Total Awarded: $27,500
JP Morgan Chase Foundation Grant ($10,000) integrates the arts into children's educational opportunities. The grant provided for geometry and art workshops with the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District.
Texas Commission on the Arts ($7,500) for marketing projects, including membership drives, television commercials, and social media upgrades.
National Endowment for the Arts ($10,000) to bring the internationally renowned environmental artist, Chris Jordan, to IMAS for presentations to the general public and to students accompanying his exhibit, "Running the Numbers."
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Project: DNA Backlog Program
Funded By: National Institute of Justice Forensic DNA Backlog Grant
Total Awarded: $1,561,300
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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department DNA Backlog Program offers an opportunity for states and units of local government, with crime laboratories conducting DNA analysis, to handle, screen, and analyze backlogged forensic DNA casework samples. The DNA Backlog Program also improves DNA laboratory infrastructure and analysis capacity, allowing forensic DNA samples to be processed efficiently and cost effectively. These improvements are critical to preventing future DNA backlogs and to helping the criminal justice stem use the full potential of DNA technology.