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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 Allen, TX

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

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.

Chisholm Kids Plus

Chisholm Kids Plus

Project: Drug Free Communities

Funded By: Office of National Drug Control Policy

Total Awarded: $625,000

The nonprofit coalition won a $625,000 matching grant (over 5 years) that will go toward substance prevention efforts among youth in the rural town of Chisholm, Minnesota. With matching funds provided by community-based foundations, grant dollars will be used for marketing efforts to curb alcohol and drug abuse and for day-to-day coalition operations. Funding will also go toward law enforcement and volunteer alcohol and tobacco compliance checks.

City of Memphis, TN:Memphis Workforce Investment Network YouthBuild Program

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

City of Brighton, CO: WaterSmart Pilot Project

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 Santa Clarita, CA: Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction Program

City of Santa Clarita, CA

Project: Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction Program

Funded By: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's Transit Investment

Total Awarded: $4,620,000

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The city of Santa Clarita continues its "Go Green" initiative with the construction of new solar canopies and carports at its state-of-the-art "LEED Gold Certified" Transit Maintenance Facility.  These new additions, when combined with the Transit Maintenance Facility’s existing solar paneled canopy, will generate 97% of all electricity needed to power the facility. As a result, Santa Clarita will save approximately $135,000 a year in electricity bills. The new solar panels will be placed on top of three canopies that will generate electricity while also providing shade for the city’s transit fleet. Additional panels will be placed on top of the bus wash building. The project is a result of a $4.62 million award the city of Santa Clarita received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Transit Investment in Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction Program. Santa Clarita was selected as one of 43 agencies to be awarded funds through this grant program. The city also applied for a reimbursement from Southern California Edison's California Solar Incentive Program. Southern California Edison approved Santa Clarita’s application for a total of $260,000 for reimbursement over five years.

"The City of Santa Clarita regularly utilizes eCivis’ grants research and management software, and over the last five years, we have successfully garnered over $55 million in grant funding that has resulted in many projects for our community."

– Ken Striplin, City Manager

The Port of Los Angeles, CA: The Harry Bridges Blvd Improvement

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 Pasadena, CA: Parks & Natural Resources Division of Dept of Public Works

City of Pasadena, CA

Project: Parks & Natural Resources Division of Dept of Public Works

Total Awarded: $5,000,000

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The Parks & Natural Resources Division of Dept. of Public Works currently has 16 grants in progress, totaling approximately $5,000,000 in funding, all originally obtained using eCivis services.

The City of Pasadena has received funding throughout the years from programs such as: The Recreational Trails Program, California Youth Soccer & Recreation, Prop 40 Urban Forestry Management Plan, Prop 50 California River Parkways, Habitat Conservation Fund, CalFire Urban Forestry and EEMP.

“All projects in Pasadena's Arroyo Seco (a 1,000-acre recreational and natural area park and urban forestry street), as well as park tree planting projects and city park renovation projects, are solely funded by grants. eCivis is our primary source when initially obtaining grant information!”

– Elise Jackson, Arroyo Seco Program Coordinator

"eCivis provides our organization with the best tools to research and get funding through their easy to use and intuitive software. They provide us with beneficial inside information so we can continue to grow the Santa Clarita recreation programs."

– Araz Valijan, Recreation Coordinator

The Port of Los Angeles, CA: Port Technology Advancement Program

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.

City of Santa Clarita, CA: State of California Citizens' Option for Public Safety Program

City of Santa Clarita, CA

Project: State of California Citizens' Option for Public Safety Program

Funded By: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, United States Department of Justice

Total Awarded: $675,161

Through the State of California Citizens’ Option for Public Safety (COPS) Program, Santa Clarita received $414,567 and $174,751 through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to pay for two deputies of the Career Offender Burglary Robbery Apprehension (COBRA) Unit. The city also received $85,843 through the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program for gang, graffiti, and truancy sweeps conducted by the COBRA Unit and the Sheriff Department’s Community Interaction Team, which has developed innovative and effective strategies to combat youth crimes.

City of Santa Clarita, CA: Neighborhood Stabilization Program

City of Santa Clarita, CA

Project: Neighborhood Stabilization Program

Funded By: Department of Housing and Community Development & Community Development Block Grant

Total Awarded: $3,556,507

Through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, the California Department of Housing and Community Development allocated $1,187,003 to Santa Clarita to purchase the CalTrans park-and-ride lot on Newhall Avenue. The city also received $2,369,504 from the federal government through its annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement for various purposes including: assisting the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, assisting Lutheran Social Services with the provision of local homeless services, and providing residential rehabilitation grants and loans, and operating costs.

City of Santa Clarita, CA: Safe Routes to School Program

City of Santa Clarita, CA

Project: Safe Routes to School Program

Total Awarded: $1,700,000

From the state and federal “Safe Routes to School” programs, the city received over $1.7 million for walking and bicycling safety improvements at Valley View, Valencia Valley, North Park, Leona Cox, Rio Vista, Old Orchard, Canyon Springs, Meadows, Peachland, Mitchell, Rosedell, and Emblem elementary schools. Improvements include updating crosswalks and crossing signage, installing speed feedback signs for motorists, constructing bulb-outs, and installing anti-slip surfaces on sidewalks.