Presentation on theme: "Local Government Strategies for Success Presented by: Loré L. Chambers, Ph.D. (Candidate) Governor’s Grants Conference September 12, 2011."— Presentation transcript:
Local Government Strategies for Success Presented by: Loré L. Chambers, Ph.D. (Candidate) Governor’s Grants Conference September 12, 2011
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
Grant Fund Utilization Crime Reduction Capital Improvements Neighborhood Revitalization Citizen Support (Homelessness) Community Capacity Building Departmental Peformance Enhancement Special Projects
Mayor’s Office Community Development Police Department Fire Department Public Works – Including the Zoo Departments That Write Grants
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?
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..
– 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)
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.