The Denver Library Peer Navigator Program is funded by a $41,000 grant from the Justice Assistance Grant through the U.S. Department of Justice and is administered locally by Denver Human Services and the Colorado Mental Wellness Network. The peer navigators provide referrals to housing, mental health, and/or substance user disorder resources and assist with benefit acquisition for library customers experiencing poverty and homelessness.
The Federal Transit Administration’s Pilot Program for Transit Oriented Development awarded the City and County of Denver, in partnership with the Regional Transportation District, a $1.35 million grant to improve service to riders along the Colfax Corridor, helping to revitalize Denver’s Main Street with next generation transit infrastructure.
The Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM) program provides culturally- and linguistically-appropriate child welfare, foster care, and independent living services to minors who enter the United States unaccompanied by a parent or guardian. Since November 2008, the Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Refugee Services Program has administered the Colorado URM program.
Matthew Hanson, Statewide Grant Administrator and Director of the Office of Grants and Federal Resources, recently sat down to share how Arizona manages its $14.5 billion in federal grants. Matt shares how his office and more than 55 state agencies, departments, boards and commissions work together to enrich the lives of the citizens of Arizona.
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
The city of McAllen assists the International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS) with their development efforts through the utilization of eCivis to research and identify new funding opportunities. Below are a few of the successful grants that the city was able to identify and secure for IMAS.
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."
"My experience with eCivis started in 2005 when I was with the City of Raleigh, North Carolina. The City purchased the research tool and quickly saw great benefits from having access to additional grant sources. We later purchased the tracking and reporting tool so that we could better manage grants and stay on top of reporting deadlines. eCivis helped us design our process when we had to manage several million stimulus dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Two and a half years ago, when I started working at the City of Goldsboro, I recommended to my boss that we use eCivis. I promised to win a grant if he would pay for the access to Grants Network. I won a $25,000 grant within about six months of implementing the product, more than paying for the license fee.
Now that I'm at the Town of Mooresville, I have secured a contract with eCivis for the grant research, tracking and reporting, and financial integration tools (the latter tool allows our financial and programmatic systems to speak to each other). Folks in our organization are really excited to have access to the many grant opportunities available through the grant management system.
I wholeheartedly recommend the eCivis product without reservation. The research and technology teams at eCivis work hard to make sure that our staff has all the resources that they need to be successful. I've worked with the eCivis product for nearly 10 years, and I'm proud to say that they've never failed me."
- Angel Wright-Lanier, Deputy Town Manager
Project: Parks & Natural Resources Division of Dept of Public Works
Total Awarded: $5,000,000
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
“I have been through more software implementations than I would like to remember, and this truly was the easiest. I was amazed at how quickly we were able to get the data flow set up and running smoothly. Kudos to you and your team, and kudos to the staff at Aims.”
- Kara Odell, Controller/AVP Administrative Services
Project: Digital Fire Training System
Funded By: Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation
Total Awarded: $19,143.82
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.
"Trying to research and locate funding opportunities is becoming more and more of a competitive process. There are more organizations seeking funding from a limited pool of available grants and foundations. eCivis provides a means of not only researching for the most appropriate funding source, but also provides assistance with the application process, and the tracking of said grants. This has saved the Borough of Brentwood countless hours of staff time and resources. The web-based program is so user friendly that only a minimal amount of training time was needed before we were able to jump right in and begin using Grants Network. The very first time using the system, the Borough's Acting Police Chief not only found a grant opportunity for purchasing AEDs, but applied and was awarded the grant. In a time when everyone is asked to do more with less, eCivis has proven to be a valuable and reliable resource."
- George Zboyovsky, Borough Manager
Project: Elsmere Canyon
Total Awarded: $2,550,000
The Los Angeles County and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy awarded over $2.4 million to the city for the acquisition and preservation of open space at Elsmere Canyon. Slated to be the largest landfill in the United States, Elsmere Canyon is an area of significant importance to Santa Clarita as it provides connectivity to existing wildlife corridors and is a popular spot for local hikers, bikers, and equestrians. The city also received $150,000 from the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District to help fund the expansion of public trails at East Walker Ranch.
"As an Economic Development Director for a city in Ohio, part of my responsibility is to go after grants for a variety of public purposes.... what is difficult for me is finding every grant opportunity. This is what eCivis does very successfully. The searching process is easy to use, and in my view, all any entity has to do is obtain one grant discovered through eCivis and the service has paid for itself for many years."
- James A Foster, Economic Development Director
Project: DNA Backlog Program
Funded By: National Institute of Justice Forensic DNA Backlog Grant
Total Awarded: $1,561,300
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.
Project: Screening Brief Interventions Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Assessments
Funded By: HRSA Mental Health Service Expansion and Behavioral Health Integration (BHI)
Total Awarded: $500,000 and $250,000
Since its founding in 1973, Community Treatment, Inc. (COMTREA) has expanded to become a comprehensive community health center headquartered in Festus, Missouri. In 2015, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit worked with eCivis to write grants to expand its behavioral health integration services.
With eCivis’ assistance, COMTREA won two grants—the first to expand and integrate behavioral health services into their primary care health centers. COMTREA has since hired additional behavioral health workers to provide depression screenings and provide therapeutic counseling or referrals to other behavioral health providers within the organization. The second grant will help add primary care services to an existing health center currently providing dental and behavioral health services.
"With the professional grant writing assistance, Comtrea was able to receive $500,000 to help increase access to primary care and behavioral health services which may not have been available without the grants," said Patty Martens, Vice President of Health Services for COMTREA. "We were held to a project timeline for completion, and the suggestions and editing of our grant were superb. Professionalism was present at all times throughout the process."
The latter grant is still in the planning stages, "but we are excited to be in the position to offer primary care to patients who may not otherwise have access to care,” added Martens.
"The Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department ... applies for over $2 million in capital grant funding annually, and this service has allowed us to expand our search beyond our standard development grants to programming grants as well as funding opportunities that are available only to nonprofits.... eCivis offers several excellent features. The ability to research a grantor's past funding history allows our staff to determine whether a grantor's mission aligns with your proposed project."
- Jean Matthews, Senior Planner
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
"eCivis is a valuable tool for the Lee County Sheriff's Office. I use it regularly to search for supplemental funding for a wide range of projects. I also review the email blast of new grants available on a daily basis. Perhaps the most valuable feature is the function that updates users on any changes to saved grant announcements. We apply for multiple recurring grants that never seem to have the same release date. This feature alerts our agency whenever there is a change for saved grants. It's a time saver and a safety net to help ensure that we don't miss an important grant that we depend upon for continued operations."
- Stanley Nelson, Lee County Sherrif's Office
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.
"We started using eCivis in January of 2015. I am pleased with the help, the information that [they] provide, and the staff they employ to help us. Just yesterday I received notice that we were awarded the Medic One Foundation grant. We also have been awarded a CDGB grant, and a Cascade Valley Hospital grant. All these grants have added up to just under one million dollars in grant money [for] our Fire District."
- Jeff McClelland, Captian, Health and Safety Officer
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
Project: Family Reading Program
Funded By: Target Store Grants
Total Awarded: $3,000
Boyton Beach City Library has been working with several literacy centers for the past fifteen months. The library was a recipient of a Dollar General/ American Library Association Grant to purchase materials for adult English- language learners. With the Dollar General money, Boyton Beach was able to purchase materials to help adult ESOL students learn English, prepare for jobs, and participate in family activities with bilingual cookbooks and recreational reading.
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.
Project: Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction Program
Funded By: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's Transit Investment
Total Awarded: $4,620,000
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
Project: Road and Bridge Improvements
Funded By: Highway Safety Improvement Program
Total Awarded: $49,719,390
The Highway Safety Improvement Program awarded $345,150 to upgrade Santa Clarita’s pedestrian facilities, such as ramps and crosswalk signals at the intersections of Soledad Canyon Road and Crossglade Avenue, and Railroad Avenue and Drayton Street. Through the same program, the city was also awarded $174,240 to construct a raised median at the I-5/Lyons Avenue interchange. Over $9.2 million was received from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to fund projects including the widening and bicycle trail gap closure of McBean Parkway over the Santa Clara River; the Intelligent Transportation Management System Traffic Signal Synchronization Program; construction of a traffic calming round-a-bout at Main Street and Newhall Avenue; and the Citywide Way-Finding Program for pedestrians and bicyclists. California also granted Santa Clarita $244,983 to install bikeways at Hillsborough Parkway, Grandview Parkway, and Centre Pointe Parkway, and $141,723 to improve bike lanes throughout the industrial center. Additionally, the city was awarded $400,000 by CalTrans through their Highway Bridge Program to help fund their on-going Bridge Maintenance Program.
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.
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.
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.
Project: Fire Safety Trailer
Funded By: FEMA's Fire Prevention and Safety Grant
eCivis has helped Noblesville, Indiana with FEMA’s fire grants for years now. The Fire Prevention and Safety Grant enabled Noblesville to purchase a new fire safety trailer in 2010. The Fire Safety trailer is currently used in Noblesville and Hamilton County, Indiana, for school visits and community events and allows people of all ages and abilities to participate in these important educational programs.