Grant Dollars Help Houston Deliver Public Services

Every year the City of Houston applies for millions of dollars’ worth of grant funding for everything from childhood nutrition programs to affordable housing. In addition to the continuation grants received by the City, in 2016 the City received over $62 million dollars of new grant funding to support public services. Managing grant submissions is a massive effort that involves coordinating with departments to present a comprehensive application to sponsor organizations. The Grants Management Division is responsible for this mission and they help each department put their best foot forward as they start the lengthy submission process.

Recently the Grants team partnered with the Innovation and Performance Division to share out facts and figures in an insightful manner. Viewing raw data is one way to understand the City’s grants, but our team would rather let you, the reader, explore the information yourself. Use the dashboard and filters below to view the data any way you want.

Receiving a grant award is just the first step. Once a department receives the award, they need to work with Grants Management to ensure they are complying with their Federal or State grant requirements . Annually the Grants Management division is responsible for producing the City’s Schedule of Expenditures of Federal and State Awards (SEFA) which is part of the Single Audit Report (SAR). The SEFA lists all expenditures related to Federal and State award programs for that year and verifies that proper accounting and reporting for each grant award. The SAR is an audit performed on all aspects of an organization or municipality that spends more than $750,000 of federal funds in a single fiscal year. Grants Management has been successful in reducing audit findings for the City from 7 in 2009 to 1 in 2015. Click on the image below to better understand compliance.

Paul Fagin is a Staff Analyst for the City of Houston Finance Department and is a member of the Performance Improvement Division. Paul received his Master of Public Administration from Texas A&M University and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin.

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