Special Events Evaluation Tool

13 10 2016

With so many special events happening this time of year we thought it would be a good idea to share a special events evaluation tool. Just click the link below! It can be used to help evaluate a recent event or plan for the next one.  We’re happy to offer this copyrighted tool for your use.  If you duplicate it please attribute it in a good way by leaving the footer in place.  Thanks and good luck with your special events as an important part of your overall fundraising strategy.

Don Chalmers, SparrowHawk Consulting

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Trainers needed to present 4 course offerings

5 09 2016

Hello, we have a contract pending with WSDOT OEO DBE Support Services to provide trainings this fall. I am recruiting Subject Matter Experts to teach one or more of the 4 initial, six-hour course offerings listed below:

“3. Develop and deliver curriculum, one class per month beginning as soon as possible. Training delivery should be done by a subject matter expert secured by the consultant.

a. Class 1: General Estimating
i. Determine if project includes company work classifications
ii. Where to find info related to company expertise
iii. Quantifying deliverables, identifying estimating coefficients

b. Class 2: Overview of Project Labor Agreements
i. Considerations to include in a proposal
ii. Added steps to address  iii. Prevailing wage rates

c. Class 3: High-level view of scheduling and workflow
i. When to mobilize and cost of [doing so]
ii. How to keep work packages on schedule
iii. How to plan materials deliveries

d. Class 4: Administrative considerations for bidding
i. Understanding contract language
ii. What to include in a proposal
iii. How to protect yourself, reasonable exclusions”

Would you or a member of your staff be interested in teaching one of these programs? They will be offered in Bellingham, Vancouver, Spokane and Tri-Cities and video-recorded.

SparrowHawk and Associates is a multi-firm team that provides outstanding communication and public involvement services to clients including the Washington State Department of Transportation.  SparrowHawk Consulting Company, Inc. serves as the prime contractor on this project.

If interested please email us at don@sparrowhawkco.com.  Include a brief statement of qualifications and experience for each course you propose to present.  Thanks for your consideration.

 





New SAMHSA Grants Due in June!

11 04 2016

New Grant Opportunities

Minority AIDS Initiative Continuum of Care Pilot (MAI-CoC) Syringe Services Programs (SSPs)

Application Due Date: Friday, June 10, 2016

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $82,500 per year

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), announce the availability of supplemental funding to enable grantees funded under the Minority AIDS Initiative Continuum of Care (MAI-CoC) program to expand/enhance grant activities required under the Request for Application (RFA), TI-14-013.

Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma

Application Due Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $1,000,000

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016 Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (Short Title: ReCAST Program) grants. The purpose of this program is to assist high-risk youth and families and promote resilience and equity in communities that have recently faced civil unrest through implementation of evidence-based, violence prevention, and community youth engagement programs.

For assistance in applying for these and other grant opportunities contact us at SparrowHawk Consulting: info@sparrowhawkco.com

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SparrowHawk Consulting Welcomes New Client: Omaha Nation Community Response Team

15 12 2015

We’re honored and pleased to welcome the Team to the family of SparrowHawk Consulting clients.  The Omaha Nation Community Response Team (ONCRT) is a private, non-profit organization that serves the residents of the Omaha Reservation in Northeastern Nebraska.  As a community-based organization, the Team strives to provide quality prevention, intervention, and community mobilization services and activities, emphasizing the inclusion of Omaha culture as the primary protective factor in bringing about positive changes in the community.  The ONCRT works at the grass root level, creating partnerships with tribal programs, the State of Nebraska, local organizations, and community stakeholders concerning a variety of youth issues.

We’ll be engaged to help ONCRT design, implement and facilitate a strategic planning process early in 2016 that will help them chart a course for the next 3-5 years and create context for future funding requests. Welcome ONCRT!





Integrated Service Delivery Systems

23 11 2015

At SparrowHawk Consulting we are fortunate to work with such a variety of clients and we’re able to see patterns or trends. For example, integration of services, also known as wraparound services, has been an approach we’ve seen in a number of diverse settings. We’ve helped Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, which serves 5 SW Washington counties,  convene and facilitate a series of conversations with workforce providers to integrate intake, recordkeeping, assessment, client service plans and evaluation of services. The goal was more effective and efficient services to job seekers and employers.

Similarly, we helped Tribes assess their comprehensive justice systems. Our follow-up planning process with each Tribe recommended wraparound justice system services creating teams of providers focused on each client and his or her family. Finally, we’ve started a conversation with the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure at The Evergreen State College. And one of the underlying themes: an integrated approach to sustainable infrastructure including highways and bridges!

Our take: wraparound or integrated service delivery or planning models are more efficient, effective and consistent with sustainable values.

Don Chalmers, President

SparrowHawk Consulting

don@sparrowhawkco.com





SparrowHawk Helps Alaskan Tribe Prepare Competitive ICDBG Grant Application

26 10 2015

We are proud to have been selected by an Alaskan Tribe to help them prepare  their 2015 HUD Indian Community Development Block Grant.  The proposal will renovate and upgrade their community center making it even more a community hub for the Tribe, its members and its neighbors.  We appreciate the help we received from staff members in preparing this grant through this team effort!

Don Chalmers, President





USDA Announces $1.97 Million for New Community Center on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

22 06 2015

“Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SD, June 22, 2015 – Today, Leslie Wheelock, Director of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Tribal Relations joined other federal, state, and Tribal leaders to announce $1.97 million to Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation (CDC) for a community center serving the Oglala Lakota community on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The announcement was made at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Regenerative Community which plans to build additional housing, a small farm, an aquaponics greenhouse, a grocery store, powwow grounds and a youth center on the Reservation. Today’s funding announcement is for Phase One of the project.”

For more information, visit the USDA Rural Development website at http://www.rd.usda.gov/sd.

For expert assistance in community development funding projects: don@sparrowhawkco.com