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Federal Grants Training in Mesa October 16-20

Competing for Federal Grants
Mesa, Arizona
October 16-20, 2017
Do you already have experience with foundation and private grants? Here’s a great chance to learn how to secure federal awards: take the Competing for Federal Grants training course.

Helping experienced grant professionals
This interactive training is a good fit for people who already have some grant proposal experience. Write key sections of a proposal in class, review concept papers written by your peers, and learn how to plan for maximum success with future competitions.

Special follow-up care for 12 months – at no extra cost!
Follow-up support includes a proposal review, full access to the Center’s databases of foundation, corporate, and federal grantmakers (a $495 value), and more!

Tuition for this training is $1,195, but if you pay by September 4, you’ll receive our Early Bird Rate and pay only $1,095.

https://www.tgci.com/trainings/mesa-competing-federal-grants-october-2017

 

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August Happy Hour

You’re invited to happy hour with GPA Arizona!
When: August 16, 2017, 5-7 PM
Where: Z’Tejas Mexican Restaurant and Grill, 1525 Bethany Home Road Phoenix, AZ 85014
Price: Free – GPA Arizona will provide appetizers

Join us to expand your network and reconnect with colleagues after the summer break. Brainstorm and chat about potential grant opportunities in a casual, laid back environment. Share tips and industry information with grant professionals from diverse areas of industry.

RSVP below. Don’t forget your business cards!

August Webinar from Arizona Chapter Member, Sharon Skinner, GPC

GPA Arizona Founding Chapter member, Sharon Skinner, GPC, is presenting a webinar in August for GPA National on proposal development.

August 10 – The Narrative Thread in Your Grant Proposal: Telling a Compelling Story Without Writing Fiction
A fun presentation that offers a new perspective on proposal writing. Attendees will learn how to write a grant proposal using the elements of fiction–without making things up. Attendees will Increase knowledge of proposal construction by seeing proposal writing in a fresh new light.

Did you know GPA National webinars are free for GPA members? You can watch the webinars live or access recorded webinars later through your GPA National account.

Not a GPA Member yet? Consider joining today or you can purchase individual webinars for $30

Job Opportunity: Grant Writer at Seed Spot

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Position Overview: The grant writer is responsible for prospect research, grant writing, and grant reporting to reach fundraising goals for both the youth and adult programs. This includes the development of prospect pipelines and grants calendar, writing grants, responding to requests for proposals, producing donor documentation to secure funding, and completing grant reports as required.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Generate prospect pipeline and maintain weekly research to increase amount of potential donors in database
  • Produce proposals that are specifically aligned to high probability grant opportunities
  • Consult with key members of the team to gather relevant information to ensure accuracy in all proposals
  • Develop and maintain stock language that speaks to relevancy and impact of our programs
  • Implement and maintain calendar of grant deadlines, reports, and other relevant information
  • Serve as lead point of contact for all proposals, leverage National Director of Development and CEO as needed
  • Complete all grant proposals per deadlines
  • Submit all grant reports on deadline

Key Qualifications, Attributes, and Skills:

  • Demonstrated track record of successful grant writing
  • Ability to conduct research, identify top prospects, and align the SEED SPOT mission to opportunities
  • Exceptional written communication skills, ability to translate complex information into simple terms
  • High level of attention to detail and ability to follow instructions
  • Strong oral communication and team building skills to effectively leverage the team to support grant needs

Reporting:

  • Reports to: CEO currently, National Director of Development in future

FY18 Performance Goals:

  • Secure $1.5M in philanthropic grant funding
  • Maintain accurate prospect pipeline and calendar of grant opportunities and deadlines
  • Submit all grants and grant reports on or before deadline

Apply Here

Training Opportunity: Grant Writing Boot Camp Express

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What: Grant Writing Boot Camp Express
When: September 20, 2017 from 9 AM – 4 PM
Where: Goodyear City Hall – First Floor 190 N Litchfield Rd Goodyear AZ 85338
Workshop Sponsor: Grant Writing Training Foundation
Presenter: Dr. Bev Browning
Cost: $149; $129 if 3 or more from same org.

This comprehensive hands-on fast-moving boot camp covers writing the critical, high point review sections of a sure to win grant application/proposal. Bring your project ideas and supporting documentation to complete 95% of your proposal narrative at the boot camp!
Continuing Education Units: The Grant Writing Training Foundation is an approved training provider for the Grant Professionals Association (GPA).

What will be covered in this exciting session with Dr. Bev Browning, CSPF?

  • Reviewing grant writing formats
  • Writing the capability statement
  • Writing the statement of need
  • Writing a program design, developing a logic model and planning the evaluation process
  • Writing the sustainability statement

How can you come prepared for Grant Writing Boot Camp Express?

  • Bring a computer (have it charged and bring your power cord); no handwriting materials will be available.
  • Bring information on your grant writing project including: organization’s background/history; current programs and activities; the needs of the community where you provide services; writing paper for additional notes, and a pen/pencil for writing, if needed.

What’s included in your registration fee?

  • USB drive with copy of PPT – Grant Writing for Dummies – 6th Edition textbook – Bottled water – Morning and afternoon snacks – Entry into grand prize drawing for an HP Laptop, Touchscreen, 2-in-1 with Windows 10 Home. You must be present until the end of the workshop to qualify for the prize drawing.

Sorry, no purchase orders will be accepted. NO REFUNDS: If you pay and are unable to attend, you can designate a substitute attendee or receive a copy of the handout materials on a USB drive.

Information about the trainer: Dr. Beverly A. Browning has resided in the Valley of the Sun since 1995. She has over 43 years of highly successful grant writing experience and is the author of 42 grant writing-related books. Dr. Browning teaches three grant writing and consulting classes online for www.ed2go.com. Worldwide, her consulting clients have received over $430 million in grant and contract awards. Dr. Browning is a highly sought-after keynote speaker and trainer.

Register Here

Job Opportunity: Grants & Accounting Coordinator at City of Maricopa

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Position: Grants & Accounting Coordinator
Salary being offered: $63,049 – $65,435.50 (appointment generally made at the minimum salary range, depending on qualifications)
Plus excellent benefit package. Maximum Salary for this classification is $86,914.
Open until filled.

Link to Apply

Job Description
The principal function of an employee in this class is to; Preform various accounting duties such as creating and posting entries to the general ledger, reconciling accounts, entering and reporting fixed assets, and compiling financial statements; Research various federal, state, county and local grant opportunities; Work with various departments in through the grant application and monitoring process; prepare and coordinate grant accounting and reporting process. In addition, the Grants and Accounting Coordinator will prepare information for the auditors, assist in budget development and implementation, and participate in special projects. The work is performed under the supervision of a Finance and Budget Manager, but considerable latitude is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. This class is FLSA – Exempt.

Essential Duties are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills.  They are intended to be accurate summaries of what the job classification involves and what is required to perform it.  Employees are responsible for all other duties as assigned.

  • Serves as a grant coordinator for all municipal grant proposals, applications, and compliance which may include internal and external audits.
  • Assists in analysis and problem solving by reconciling the general ledger, reviewing and developing accounting and internal control policies, assisting in special projects, performing budget analysis and providing recommendations.
  • Researches eligible funding sources including federal, state and local; stays current with available funding sources, and analyzes them to identify potential funding for specific projects and programs.
  • Assists the Financial Services Department with planning city-wide grants budget.
  • Processes accounting work by creating and posting journal entries to general ledger based on supporting documentation, preparing tax reports, reconciling bank statements, and compiling financial statements.
  • Notifies the operating department and provides the operating departments with the grant application and any other documentation applicable to the financial performance of the grant.
  • Reconciles all grant expenditures and revenues that have been recorded to the final grant close out report that has been submitted to the granting agency.
  • Compiles, writes, edits, and presents grant applications.
  • Reviews grant proposals and applications prepared by other city departments for completeness, accuracy, and timeliness
  • Manages sub-recipients and recipients of funding to ensure successful grant awards and grant compliance, coordinates the grants with program staff from grant award to closeout.
  • Prepares the annual Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards (SEFA schedule) required as part of the City’s annual independent audit; responds and develops systems to address any audit findings.
  • Assists with the preparation of the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).
  • Plans, administers, and coordinates the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and other Housing and Urban Development (HUD) related federal grants and housing and redevelopment programs.
  • Meets with staff, the public, other agencies, commissions, elected official and other groups; represents the City and Financial Services Department to community groups, government officials, professional organizations and businesses.
  • Makes presentations to grantors and other groups as required
  • Completes a grant reimbursement requests at least quarterly: reconciles all accounts on grant funds.
  • Reviews all purchases prior to submitting the reimbursement requests to ensure requests are for authorized purchases per the grant requirements.
  • Reviews and updates City Grants Policies and Procedures on a yearly basis.
  • Prepares and sends out a grant report to operating departments that have active grants.
  • Submits all grant applications for the City of Maricopa, assists departments in preparing council staff summary reports relating to grant matters
  • Answers staff questions regarding grant agreements, grant related paperwork, guidelines, city grant procedures, reimbursements and performance reports through the funding agencies
  • Attends grant workshops and conferences to ensure coordination and communication between all parties as it relates to grant compliance and financial management
  • Verifies documents to ensure grant related clauses, certifications and conditions are met
  • Serves as the City’s liaison with federal, state, local, private funding sources or community partners
  • Performs pre-award  analysis to ensure that departments have budget capacity and personnel to accommodate grants’ financial and compliance requirements.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with all departments and the general public.
  • Monitors acquisition and disposal of grant related assets to ensure compliance with grant requirements.
  • Other duties assigned by management

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Accounting or related field; four (4) years professional-level experience performing highly responsible grant accounting and administration, including coordinating, pursuing funding, managing grants and maintaining general ledger accounts. Considerable knowledge and responsible experience in the principles, practices and techniques of governmental grant research, writing and monitoring, with strong written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to create reports and keep records.   Considerable knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and fund accounting required.

Preferred Qualifications
The successful applicant will have a strong understanding of the grant life cycle process including practical experience in government grants with demonstrable success in researching, writing, obtaining, and monitoring grants. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and possession of a current Grant Professional Credential from Grant Professional Certification Institute are preferred but not required.

Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provide the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job, may be substituted for Preferred Qualifications at the discretion of the hiring authority.

Knowledge

  • The administration, principles and techniques of governmental budgeting, budgetary control, governmental accounting, monitoring and auditing.
  • Understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and fund accounting.
  • Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) pronouncements.
  • Federal, State, County and City laws, codes and ordinances relating to grant awards.
  • The availability of grants, grant applications, grant accounting including OMB Circulars, grant proposals, and administration processes, practices, principles and procedures.
  • Accounting procedures, including general ledger, budget, and assets;
  • City organization, operations, policies and procedures.
  • Grant policies and regulations applicable to various funding agencies.

Skills Required

  • Assembling data and preparing analyses with recommendations. Keeping abreast of grant program, identifying grant sources, determining eligibility, completing grant applications, and administering grant programs including reports and audit requirements.
  • Reviewing and analyzing a variety of financial records and reports necessary to document the receipt, allocation, and distribution of funds in a government setting.
  • Working under pressure of deadlines, and establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with employees, officials, other agencies and the general public.
  • Effective oral and written communication.
  • Operation of personal computer including job-related software applications such as Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Excel, Word, and PowerPoint; along with knowledge of various accounting software.

Ability To

  • Work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Prepare and maintain a variety of accounting systems including but not limited to general ledger, fixed assets and accounting systems.
  • Prepare and review computer input data for monthly financial reports.
  • Prepare annual financial statements, budgets and requisitions.
  • Determine eligibility for a variety of grant proposals;
  • Coordinate and participate in the development of grant applications;
  • Coordinate and participate in the preparation of grant compliance reports;
  • Comprehend and make inferences from legal and administrative written materials;
  • Prepare and align multi-year projections with City’s operating budget to sustain level of match required for pursued grants;
  • Monitor budgets through analysis of grant financial data utilizing general ledger accounts;
  • Record financial data and prepare financial reports and projections for use in in-depth analysis of grant funding needs;
  • Prepare and post journal entries and maintain general ledger accounts
  • Speak in public;
  • Conduct research;
  • Monitor and evaluate sub-recipient agreements and evaluate financial information prepared by non-profit organizations.

 

June Webinar Series

GPA Arizona Founding Chapter member, Dr. Michael Lesiecki, is presenting a two part webinar series in June for GPA National on managing grants development.

Part One on June 8 focuses on Finding a Qualified Evaluator at the Proposal Stage
There are many approaches to finding a qualified evaluator – which is right for you? A modest project with a light budget may need to look locally whereas a big DoL budget may face bidding issues. In any event you often have to name an evaluator in your proposal. This webinar will point the way to quality evaluation sources and help you work with an evaluator to structure the letter of commitment and evaluation section for the proposal. A must have for today’s competitive proposals. After this webinar you will also know how to manage the evaluator relationship prior to the submission.

Part Two on June 15 focuses on Creating Dashboards for Grants Development and Management
Today the phrase “evidence–based” is king. And we are always asked to show data that supports our claims of prior work in our proposals or for accomplished objectives in our grant reports. Dashboards are the key to creating evidence-based cultures in your development office or out in your funded projects. You do not need fancy software to create a customized dashboard, excel does fine thank you. In this webinar you will learn lessons gained from industry where dashboards are the norm. Within one day of this webinar you can start your own dashboard to help track and support your development office. This webinar is full of examples that you can relate to and will help you to avoid some common dashboard pitfalls.

Did you know GPA National webinars are free for GPA members? You can watch the webinars live or access recorded webinars later through your GPA National account.

Not a GPA Member yet? Consider joining today or you can purchase individual webinars for $30