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Local Government Strategies for Success Presented by: Loré L. Chambers, Ph.D. (Candidate) Governor’s Grants Conference September 12, 2011.

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1 Local Government Strategies for Success Presented by: Loré L. Chambers, Ph.D. (Candidate) Governor’s Grants Conference September 12, 2011

2 Grant Needs Identified During Capital Improvement Plan development During budget development discussions with departments During performance management reviews Outside organizations contacting the City for assistance

3 Grant Fund Utilization Crime Reduction Capital Improvements Neighborhood Revitalization Citizen Support (Homelessness) Community Capacity Building Departmental Peformance Enhancement Special Projects

4 Mayor’s Office Community Development Police Department Fire Department Public Works – Including the Zoo Departments That Write Grants

5 Issues Encountered No centralized grants office – Individuals have different levels of grant writing, management, and monitoring experience. – Some grants require a match that was not budgeted. – Money for money’s sake – we got the grant, now what do we do? – Does the grant assist to meet established Mayor and Council Goals, budget needs, capital needs?

6 Solutions Grant management assistance is provided to all departments – Provision of technical assistance to any and all departments. – Review and monitoring of all stimulus fund grants. – Actively intercept and manage grants for departments that may not have the expertise available. – Provide training for departments seeking grants and budget for match requirements..

7 – Assist departments to collaborate and include initiatives that will impact more than one department (SPD & NSCC). – Monitor report deadlines for grants and ensure that they are met by all departments. Solutions (Cont’d)

8 Closing – Educating department heads on the fact that grants are not free money, but have requirements on all levels, makes the process easier to manage. – Being inclusive when obtaining grants helps to build capacity within the organization and the community, but increases management oversight. – Be sure that the grant helps the organization and the community and does not create more problems.

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