FINANCIAL SERVICES

 


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The Grants Services Division

Mission Statement
"We provide financial stability by managing the City's resources with diligence and integrity. This enables City Government to function effectively and make informed decisions on behalf of its citizens and customers. We commit to outstanding customer service and continuous improvement through teamwork, innovation, and technology."





The Grant Process - How City Departments May Apply for a Grant

Suppose you have an idea or a project that needs funding, or you learn about a grant opportunity from GSD or any other source that could fund your project? The GSD will guide you through the easy steps to make your grant idea into a completed application.

Grants Approval Process




Grants Services Division

The Grants Services Division enables city departments through a myriad of grant-related services including: assisting departments in developing a needs assessment for grant funding; identifying potential funding sources through eCivis (a purchased grants search network that provides the most current information on available federal, state, local and foundation funding sources); communicating with funding agencies on questions or concerns regarding grant applications; reviewing grant applications to ensure required documents are available for grant submission; review budgets foraccuracy; route grant for appropriate signatures; initiate grantwriter/department staff meetings to outline tasks; coordinating a grant development team of subject matter experts to assist in the development of a grant; provide internal assistance in writing grants and other forms of assistance as necessary. 
 
Capacity Building
The GSD organizes various trainings and workshops throughout the year to help strengthen department capacity for grant writing and grant seeking. Some of the workshops provided by the GSD are: 
 
  • Grant Writing – usually facilitated by individuals who work in the private sector with vast success in grant development. Participants are provided with experiential workshops that allow hands-on training in the development of a grant application. 
  • Grant Seeking – usually provided by the GSD or by eCivis, the City’s grant network provider. The training offers participants the opportunity to enter a profile that will allow them to seek funding specific to the needs of the department.
  • Logic Modeling – usually provided by grant sponsors. This workshop is experiential in nature and participants get to develop a logic model in class.
  • Factfinder.gov – provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Helps participants navigate and map needed data through the complex US Census system
 
Community Outreach
GSD provides eCivis services to a maximum of 50 community-based, not-for-profit organizations free of charge. Providing this service helps the City of El Paso increase revenues, bring needed programs and services and stimulates the overall economy by providing more jobs. CBOs can apply to receive this service by signing an agreement with the Financial Services Department GSD.
 
In 2009, the City of El Paso was awarded the following in grant funding:  
 
    Total amount awarded in Non-ARRA grants:$56,793,403
 
    Total amount awarded in ARRA grants:$23,268,952
 
    Total amount awarded in grants:$80,062,355
                      
 Contact: Grants Services Division at (915) 541-4445





Identifying your Funding Needs

Before you or the GSD begin researching funding opportunities for your Department, you may first want to identify the type of funding you need. The GSD will focus grant searches to identify funding opportunities specifically to meet your Department's needs. To request needs-focused grant searches, please complete and submit the [Funding Needs Matrix].




Grants Management Manual

The Grants Services Division guidelines, forms and procedures can be found in our manual and downloaded [here].
If you wish a hard copy, please notify the Grants Services Division at [Grants-1@elpasotexas.gov].



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