ARPA Nonprofit Professional Development: Building Capacity for Diversified Funds
As a part of Loudoun County’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)- State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds efforts, the Department of Finance and Procurement offers capacity-building professional development trainings to nonprofits to assist in diversifying funding and leveraging more resources in the Loudoun County community. These trainings are designed to highlight resources and best practices from peer organizations and provide hands-on technical assistance to participants.
Community Data Gathering
Loudoun County is hosting two interactive trainings in October 2023 from the U.S. Census Bureau to assist nonprofits in utilizing data in their grant writing. Census Data Dissemination Specialist Stacie Cochran-McNeal will facilitate the sessions. These interactive presentations will give nonprofits a framework to find data about their community. The first training was October 19. The second is scheduled for October 24.
|Course Title & Description||Date||Time||Location||Registration|
|Community Data Gathering: Exploring Census Data
Utilize the Census data portal, data.census.gov, to describe your community. Walk through interactive exercises to examine data specific to Loudoun County and your service population to describe community need.
|October 24, 2023||10-11:30 a.m.||Virtual: Microsoft Teams*||Register here.|
Spring 2024 Trainings
Trainings in spring 2024 will include a Professional Development cohort opportunity. Check this page for updates and view the summary and resources from 2023 Professional Development series below.
About the 2022-23 Trainings
Two professional development series were held in the fall 2022 and spring 2023 over the course of six-eight weeks with the purpose of expanding capacity of nonprofits for grant and data management. Post-training materials included a PowerPoint, handouts and meeting recordings.
In the Grant Management Best Practices Series, participants learned about:
- county grants opportunities
- federal grant prospecting
- technical assistance with federal grants
- ARPA eligibility and compliance
- performance and fiscal management
In the Data Management Best Practices Series, participants learned how to:
- Build capacity to collect, manage, and present data for grant seeking, management and compliance.
- Build capacity to utilize data for more effective storytelling.
- Improve access to data relevant to their organizations as part of their grant seeking and management efforts.
County Grants Announcement & ARPA Eligibility and Compliance
Virtual resource highlight of the Loudoun County Human Service Grants announcement and orientation. Learn about the different funding opportunities available through Loudoun County to local nonprofits including:
Prospecting: Is Government Funding Right for You?
Virtual resource highlight that explores a tool to assess your organization’s readiness and capacity to apply for federal, state, and county funding. We will assist participants review the tool and assist in developing decision-making framework for saying yes to applying to a funding opportunity and lead participants in a review of federal prospecting tools and processes.
Demystifying Federal Grants
Technical assistance workshop where participants will explore the preparation and set up that goes into applying for federal funding. We will walk through the steps to apply for federal funding, review proposal components, staffing plans, and project management timelines necessary to submit a proposal. We'll provide guidance on what makes a strong proposal as well as technical assistance for setting up an online workspace. Following the presentation, the group will walk through a mock proposal submission. Participants will have time during the session to set up their own online workspaces for a funding opportunity.
Performance & Fiscal Management Across Diverse Funding Sources
Loudoun County staff and local nonprofit partners panel, as they explore programmatic work plans and facets of nonprofit budgeting including Eligible Direct Costs, Indirect Cost Rates, Restricted Funds, Matching and Cost Share, Multi-year Funding and Budget Narratives. Hear from non-profit partners as they navigate different funding to meet organization’s diverse programming needs as they provide comprehensive community services.
Data 101: Data Required for Grant Seeking and Management
join us for an informational presentation about data needed in grant applications. Explore data used to determine community need, program evaluation best practices and supporting work with evidence-based research. Learn how to tell your organization's story and back it up with data to make a compelling case for funding support. Participants are encouraged to send in their organization’s goals and objectives as well as raw data sets and survey tools to assist in shaping the workshops that occur later in series. This session is a foundation to the Data Management Best Practices series.
Making Sense of the American Community Survey
Join us for an interactive presentation from Data Dissemination Specialist Stacie Cochran-McNeal of the U.S. Census Bureau. Learn about Census Bureau basics, how data from the American Community Survey (ACS) is collected, as well as how you can access and utilize it for your both your grant-seeking and data administration. Understanding your clientele's need is essential for program development and grant seeking and Census Bureau tools can assist you. Participants are encouraged to follow along and participate in data exercises! This presentation will cover:
- Background information about census tools and the ACS, its methodology, geographies, data sets and topics.
- How to use data.census.gov, the narrative profiles and other resources to access social, economic, housing and demographic data available down to the neighborhood level (tract and block group).
- Uses and limitations of the ACS data sets.
Data 102: Data Collection and Confidentiality Best Practices
Participate in this Data 102 presentation and panel discussion to learn from peer organizations and Loudoun County about how to build a data collection system allowing for flexibility and adaptations. The aim of the training is to prepare organizations to build versatile data sets so they can adequately respond to changing needs and varied funder requirements. The training will open with a data collection best practices presentation. Following the presentation, a panel of nonprofit leaders will share their processes to efficiently collect substantive data while adhering to the needs of fast-paced programmatic work. Panelists will also discuss how they balance client confidentiality while capturing data to both demonstrate community need and program effectiveness. Learn quick tips, view concrete examples, and delve into privacy policies with your peers. Participants are encouraged to send in their organization’s goals and objectives, survey tools, and raw data sets to assist in shaping the workshops which occur later in series.
Data and Grant Seeking: Exploring Loudoun County Data
Attend this informational presentation to gain an understanding of where to access data relevant to Loudoun County nonprofit organizations in their grant seeking efforts. Loudoun County has prepared a Nonprofit Data Toolkit, which will be reviewed during the presentation. The toolkit includes relevant data sets from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Loudoun County office of Mapping and Geographic Information as well as education, budget and community data and environmental and equity data. Participants will also explore evidence-based research.
BYOD: “Bring Your Own Data” Workshop
Join us for a technical assistance workshop where you "BYOD" or bring your organization’s program evaluation and community engagement data. Led by Loudoun County Program Evaluation and Research Manager Megan Cox, the workshop will give participants a hands-on, interactive opportunity to share how their organization measures success and workshop their organization’s data. Together, participants will investigate how they ask questions of clientele and explore other opportunities to expand their data set to better tell their organization’s story in potential grant applications. Please note, program descriptions, goals and objectives, data collection tools, and raw data files should be shared two weeks prior to the event to be utilized as an example in the workshop.
Data Workshop 2: Crafting a Data Management Plan
Join Loudoun County for this brown bag lunch/technical assistance workshop to build your organization’s data management plan. Participants will explore sample evaluation plans utilized in grant proposals to build upon their organization’s current data collection and evaluation methodologies. Participants will also delve into logic models and have time to create their own data management plan onsite. This workshop is sequential to the “Bring Your Own Data” workshop but can be attended as a stand-alone workshop.
Resources & Meeting Recordings
- Loudoun County Data Toolkit - October 2023
- Grants Management Series Resources and Handouts
- Data Management Series Resources and Handouts
Community Data Gathering
- Community Data Gathering: Census Tools Webinar
- Community Data Gathering: Exploring Census Data Webinar
Grants Management Best Practices Series
- County Grants Announcement & ARPA Eligibility and Compliance
- Prospecting: Is Government Funding Right for You?
- Performance and Fiscal Management Across Diverse Funding Sources
Data Management Best Practices Series
- Data 101: Data Required for Grant Seeking
- Census Training: Making Sense of the American Community Survey
- Data 102: Data Collection and Confidentiality Best Practices
- Exploring Loudoun County Data
- Crafting a Data Management Plan
- Virtual BYOD Bring Your Own Data Workshop
Loudoun County has established a subscription service to provide information of interest to local nonprofit organizations, including county grant and professional development opportunities. Individuals can sign up to receive email or text updates.
- View all updates for nonprofits
- Sign up for updates in Notify Me, News Flash Category, choose Nonprofit Updates
- If you have questions, email Tracey Alperstein or call 571-258-3485.