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  • 1. INNOVATIVE CONCEPTS, INC. “A Different Approach To Success!” 116 W. 23rd Street, Suite 500, New York, NY 10011 (646) 375-2199 T, (718) 350-8870 F www.innov-concepts.com
  • 2. ABOUT THE COMPANY Innovative Concepts, Inc. was incorporated on March 26, 2001, by Ms. Casey C. Simmons, GPC. The company provides Grant Consulting Services to Healthcare and Non-Profit Organizations. Depending on the client’s needs these Grant Consulting Services may consist of Writing, Administration, Research, or a combination. We specialize in projects that seek Public Funding (Federal, State, Local), particularly for construction and/or rehabilitation in an area of the Community with great need. Innovative Concepts, Inc. was located in the State of Florida until 2008 when we moved to New York State. Our offices are located in the Flatiron/Chelsea area of New York, NY. We continue to provide Grant Consulting Services to our Florida Clients. Since 2001 Innovative Concepts, Inc. has directly assisted Local Communities and healthcare and non-profit organizations with the Pre-Award and Post-Award (i.e. application preparation, submission, administration, and close-out) process. On occasion only Pre-Award (writing) or Post-Award (administration) services were provided. Highlights Completed Pre and Post Award work for 16 successfully funded grants/low-interest loans for a total of $16.2 (+/-) million Pre-Award services were rendered to ten (10) projects totaling $5.2 (+/-) million Participated in the Post-Award process of five (5) grants totaling $3 million 2
  • 3. Innovative Concepts, Inc. works with the following grant agencies: Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Florida Housing and Finance Corporation (FHFC), Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) through Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Planning & Development Division United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Administration (RDA), and Various Private Foundations Experience has been in these affiliated programs: DEP Environmental Parks and Recreational Development FEMA/HMGP State Hazard Mitigation Grant Program & Disaster Preparedness FHFC HOME Affordable Housing Grant Applications CWHIP (Community Workforce Housing Initiatives Program) Affordable Housing Grant Applications HRSA Chronic Disease/Cancer and HIV/AIDS Healthcare Facilities Emergency Care HUD State Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)- Economic Development & Neighborhood Revitalization Categories Entitlement CDBG- Disaster Recovery Initiative USDA RDA Rural Utilities Services- Potable Water & Sewer Systems Various Senior/Congregate Care Foundations Hospice Care Services Other Healthcare Youth 3
  • 4. Innovative Concepts, Inc. has also been responsible for the preparation of many research and feasibility studies of grant funding options for Healthcare and Non-Profit organizations. Current clients: Broward Health, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida The non-profit community health system in Broward County, Florida, has more than 30 facilities. Writing, proofreading/major edits, and collaboration of project ideas are provided on an as needed basis. Examples of recent projects include; HRSA Patient Navigator Program for Cancer/Chronic Diseases and HRSA Women of Color with HIV/AIDS, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Local Initiative Funding Partners ‘Kinship Cares’ Program and RWJF Aligning Forces for Quality, HHS Healthcare Facilities Emergency Partnership Project, and Ryan White Electronic Records System Enhancements. Central Harlem Senior Citizens Centers, New York, NY Innovative Concepts, Inc. works side by side with the Executive Director to prepare and writes grants for the Senior Citizen Center located in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. Currently, focus is being placed on grants to fund the development and implementation of a Volunteer Program. Clark Communities, Inc., Tallahassee and Ft. Lauderdale, FL CCI has multiple projects at any given time. CCI’s clients are Small Cities and Counties, as well as one Entitlement City, throughout Florida. Grant writing and administration assistance with Community/Economic Development, Neighborhood Revitalization, Disaster Recovery Projects, and Rural Development is provided to CCI. 4
  • 5. Innovative Concepts, Inc. also works with CCI’s sister company- CRA Community Development Group, Inc., a Non-Profit Organization planning Affordable Housing developments. Innovative Concepts, Inc. helped with organizational development and filing of its 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service. Police Athletic League of New Jersey, Freehold, NJ Innovative worked as a sub-contractor for grant management services of a U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs grant for the organization’s Afterschool Initiative for at risk youth so the project stayed in compliance and met all objectives. Grant writing and management services are being provided for a second round of funding, from the same agency, to further enhance and expand the Afterschool Initiatives. Past clients: Broward House, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. A research and feasibility study was prepared that described funding options available to purchase an Assisted Living Facility and make necessary Capital Improvements. The Delta Education, Health, and Cultural Initiative, Miami, FL. Innovative Concepts, Inc. sought funding agencies and foundations for several programs including HIV/AIDS education and prevention and tutoring/mentoring to young minority women. Dress For Success, New York, New York, NY. Proposal and program review conducted for the Not-For-Profit organization that provides interview attire and skills; as well as a referral network for employment retention. 5
  • 6. Guardian Care Nursing and Rehabilitation, Miami Shores, FL. A Research and Feasibility Study was drafter for the Skilled Nursing Home. This document detailed funding options for Diversity in Nursing Education scholarships. Grant writing was also provided. HospiceCare of Southeast Florida, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Innovative has assisted HospiceCare in seeking funding for many different projects. Examples are: Hazard Mitigation, Bereavement and Educational Outreach, Healthcare Technology, General Programs, and the planning phase of securing funding for the Construction/Rehabilitation of a Free Standing Facility. Innovative continues to work with the non-profit Hospice and Palliative Care organization on an as needed basis. Miami Jewish Home and Hospital, Inc., Miami, Florida Research and grant writing services for general support funding and specific projects were provided. The organization has a nursing home, hospital, Alzheimer’s unit, and several residences. 6
  • 7. ABOUT THE PRESIDENT Casey C. Simmons, GPC, serves as the President of Innovative Concepts, Inc. The Florida Native holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Stetson University, as well as a Master of Science in Health Services Administration from Barry University. Ms. Simmons is also possesses the Grant Professional Certified (GPC) credentials from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI). She gained vast experience in the areas of grant writing and administration by working for CRA Consulting, Inc. (now Clark Communities, Inc.). Ms. Simmons worked directly with the President and other Senior Staff on Grants provided to CCI’s clients from the Florida Department of Community Affairs Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, Housing and Urban Development Entitlement CDBG, Department of Environmental Protection, and the U.S.D.A. Rural Development Administration. Ms. Simmons also served as the Project Coordinator for the Florida Partnership for End-of-Life Care, one of 23 states in the country who participated in the Community State Partnerships for End-of-Life Care that were awarded a total of $11.25 million. There she was the coordinator for five “partnering” Florida organizations, agencies, and universities, as well as 19 community coalitions, and was responsible for the disbursement of funds, monitoring of existing funds, and general program compliance, as well as serving as a representative nationwide. While at Stetson University Ms. Simmons had an Internship with the non-profit organization Home And Neighborhood Development (HAND). Serving as the Administrative Intern for HAND she gained experience working with low and moderate income citizens of Volusia County, Florida. With the Executive Director, she sought to aid these citizens with down payment assistance, coordinated with the Fanny Mae Foundation, for the construction and/or rehabilitation of housing, and assistance with HUD Section 8 minimum housing standards. 7
  • 8. Ms. Simmons is active in her profession and in the Community. Innovative Concepts, Inc. is a member of: American Association of Grant Professionals Women In Development She is credentialed as a GPC (Grant Professional Certified) by the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI). Ms. Simmons served as the President and Vice President of the Broward County, Florida, Chapter of AAGP. The company also has listings on: www.idealist.org and the Non-Profit Central of NY/NJ 8
  • 9. DETAILED PROJECT HISTORY Legend CDBG = Community Development Block Grant USDA = United States Department of Agriculture HRSA = Health Resources and Services Administration FHFC = Florida Housing Finance Corporation FRDAP = Florida Recreational Development Assistance Program RWJF = Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant Applications Written/Submitted, "Pre-Award," and Grant Administration "Post-Award" Client: Clark Communities, Inc. COMMUNITY GRANT AMOUNT City of Florida City, FL CDBG El Nino Flood Alleviation $1,580,000 City of Florida City, FL CDBG Neighborhood Revitalization $750,000 City of Florida City, FL CDBG Neighborhood Revitalization $750,000 City of Florida City, FL CDBG Neighborhood Revitalization $700,000 CDBG Disaster Recovery Initiative- City of Florida City, FL Hurricane Katrina $1,976,965 CDBG Disaster Recovery Initiative- City of Florida City, FL Hurricane Wilma $2,523,035 City of Florida City, FL FHFC HOME $672,500 USDA Rural Development Potable City of Florida City, FL Water Improvements $2,654,600 Jackson County, FL CDBG Economic Development $750,000 City of LaBelle, FL CDBG Economic Development $550,000 City of LaBelle, FL CDBG Economic Development $550,000 City of LaBelle, FL CDBG Economic Development $700,000 City of LaBelle, FL FRDAP $200,000 Leon County, FL CDBG Economic Development $700,000 Client: Police Athletic League of New Jersey PROJECT GRANT AMOUNT Afterschool Initiatives to deter Juvenile Crime Office of Justice Programs $1,500,000 9
  • 10. Client: Hospicecare of Southeast Florida PROJECT GRANT AMOUNT - Upgrading of facility State of Florida Hazard Mitigation $55,000 - Roof Repair Publix Charities $5,000 Community Foundation of Broward - Disaster Recovery County $2,500 Total $16,072,173 Grant Applications Written & Submitted, "Pre-Award," only Client: Clark Communities, Inc. COMMUNITY GRANT AMOUNT - City of Florida City FHFC HOME $2,000,000 - City of Quincy CDBG Economic Development $750,000 - Wakulla County CDBG Economic Development $750,000 Client: Broward Health --- PROJECT GRANT AMOUNT - Cancer Patient HRSA $472,000 Navigator Program - Kinship Care RWJF $433,455 - Aligning Forces for HRSA $200,000 Quality - Women of Color with HRSA $500,000 HIV/AIDS - Electronic Medical HRSA $31,200 Records HRSA for HIV/AIDS primary care Client: Miami Jewish Home & Hospital PROJECT GRANT AMOUNT - Alzheimer's MacDonald Foundation $55,000 Disease/Cognitive Rehabilitation - Alzheimer's Alzheimer's Foundation of America $30,000 Disease/Cognitive Rehabilitation - Alzheimer's Disease Brookdale Foundation $7,500 10
  • 11. - Facilities Kramer Foundation $147,000 Improvements Total $5,190,455 Grant Applications Administration, "Post-Award," only Client: Clark Communities, Inc. COMMUNITY GRANT AMOUNT City of Florida City CDBG El Nino Flood Alleviation $650,000 Town of Greensboro, FL CDBG Neighborhood Revitalization $550,000 City of LaBelle, FL CDBG Economic Development $550,000 City of Stuart, FL CDBG Commercial Revitalization $750,000 City of Vero Beach, FL CDBG Neighborhood Revitalization $750,000 Total $3,250,000 11
  • 12. APPROACH TO SERVICES PROVIDED Innovative Concepts, Inc. will work with the client to determine what service(s) is desired and appropriate for the organization’s specific needs. The below provides descriptions for each service. Research Meetings with organization and other parties, if applicable, to gain information. Conduct extensive search for all available funding opportunities that are most feasible for all programs identified. Determine where findings fit among Strategic Plan and/or Fund Development Plan. Create Fund Development Calendar to be incorporated with Strategic Plan or as a standalone document. This calendar details all identified grants, their deadlines, and expected time period for receiving funding awards. Draft comprehensive summary of all funding opportunities including: (1) Name and contact information, (2) Deadline, (3) History of awards and average number of awards provided each year, (4) Restrictions and eligibility criteria, (5) Appropriate first approach, and (6) application. Present study in electronic and hard copy format. Grant Writing- Preliminary Services Work with client to compile components for needs assessment. Obtain data on specific population groups (i.e. demographics, income status, health needs, etc.). This could include conducting household surveys or researching census data, statistics, evidence based best practices, etc. 12
  • 13. Attend public meetings, as needed, and assist with advertising public notices to meet Rules/Regulations. Meet with other parties to develop budget and scope of the project, as well as determining fit among Strategic Plan. Attend application workshops and/or other sessions providing pertinent information about the grant submittal. Review Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and/or Request For Proposals/Application (RFP/RFA). Outline all necessary pieces of the application such as: Narrative, Needs Assessment, Approach, Goals and Objectives, Logic Model, Evaluation, Timeline, and Budget and Budget Narrative. Grant Writing Participate in all meetings- either in person or via conference call/video. Write grant application according to Request For Proposal, Notice of Funding Availability, Rules/Regulations, and other information provided. Assist the client with securing leverage/matching funds, if applicable, to increase the value of the project and provide a stronger competitive position for award. Obtain all required attachments. Provide several drafts for review by the client. Grant Management Take all measures necessary to ensure that the grant project/program complies with Foundation, State/Local, or Federal grant guidelines as stated in the award agreement. This could include the following: 13
  • 14. Prepare Environmental Review Record in conjunction with the Project Engineer (if applicable) and submit for Release Of Federal Funding, or other approval. Prepare and submit quarterly & annual reports as required. Monitor the disbursement of grant funds. Prepare for, and acting as the organization’s representative, at Monitoring/Site Visits by the grant agency or foundation. Analyze progress of the project to ensure that set milestones/objectives are being met in a timely manner. Prepare close-out report that details all met goals and objectives and received/disbursed funds. Provide Project Status Reports on a monthly basis, or as directed by the client, to the organization so that they are kept abreast of efforts being made. Assist the organization/client in reviewing their Strategic Plan, Comprehensive Plan, Consolidated Plan, and others necessary for grant application submittal. Innovative will assist in preparing these documents, if necessary. Project/Program Evaluation Conduct Full Independent Outside Evaluation of grant project/program. Elements to be evaluated are: Qualitative and quantitative goals and objectives; Disbursement of funds; Timeliness work. Review of above elements to be conducted once per quarter via “desk monitoring.” In addition, at least one “on-site monitoring” will be made. (Subject to change based on grant guidelines) Write Evaluation section of the grant proposal/application, if requested. 14
  • 15. WHY INNOVATIVE CONCEPTS, INC.? In this changing economy it is more important than ever for non-profit organizations and local communities to cut costs and maximize grant dollars. “In these difficult economic times, the work of nonprofits is more essential than ever. But as demand for services increases, organizations are finding their resources limited or reduced. One way to continue serving constituent needs … is to hire a consultant. These professionals provide high level skills and expertise without added overhead and benefit costs.” - The Non-Profit Central of NY/NJ December 2008 Newsletter Does your organization lack time or finances to seek outside funding for prospective projects? Does your organization not have the necessary personnel support? If so, Innovative Concepts, Inc. is your outsource for success! Innovative Concepts, Inc.’s services provide value in the following ways: Unique viewpoint with fresh ideas Great familiarity in Federal and State Grant Programs/Agencies Experience in working with an array of Local Municipalities, Healthcare and Non-Profit Organizations Fit among the company/organization culture No overhead or benefit costs associated with contracted services Allow Innovative Concepts, Inc. to become a part of your team, and see what a difference it can make! 15
  • 16. TESTIMONIALS Florida Department of Community Affairs Community Development Block Grants “I have worked with Casey Clark Simmons for over six years in her capacity in managing Community Development Block Grant Programs as a Consultant for local governments in the State of Florida. I have worked directly with her on many projects and always found her to be a professional in every way. She has excellent Grant Management skills, which includes compliance with MANY different HUD and other complicated Federal Program requirements that apply to these grants, as well as compliance with State Laws of Florida. She is excellent in financial management, organizational skills, Federal Labor Standards compliance, Environmental requirements and documentation, Contract Management overall, excellent people skills, excellent in handling situations that sometimes come up which involve complex issues, political considerations, diplomacy, etc. Most of all, I have appreciated her honesty and her being forthright with all of her responsibilities. I could go on for a long time, but suffice it to say, I really have enjoyed (and continue to enjoy) working with her on projects. She has completed several “2 year” projects in one year, thus allowing the local government to get back in line to submit another application in the next year’s funding competition.” HospiceCare of Southeast Florida, Inc. “…Casey is very knowledgeable, hard working and delightful to work with both in person and on the telephone. She responds to questions and requests for information promptly, and …works well within your timeframe. She is creative when researching grants and when writing them, and then as the administrator of the grant she handles all the necessary paperwork, meetings and reporting. We have recommended Casey and Innovative Concepts, Inc. to other organizations and individuals. We will continue to recommend Casey and her firm to those who need quality grant and research consulting… Any association you will have with Casey and her firm will be a win-win for both.” 16