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Funding Your GI$
John Dubnansky, L. Robert Kimball & Associates, Inc.

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  • 1. Funding GIS Projects
    September 18, 2009
  • 2. There Are No Guarantees!
    Funding streams can die at anytime
    People make decisions and perceptions differ
    Politics can be very good and very bad
  • 3. My Funding Background
    Based off of six years working with the Southern Alleghenies Regional Planning and Development Commission
    Worked with every level of government, state agency, and various non-profit organizations
    Assisted in procuring funding from $800 to $1,300,000
    I can connect GIS to any scenario
  • 4. First Step: What Do You Want To Do?
    Define a clear project
    Write it out
    Gather support from others
    Know what good will come from this project, anything that is good for the community or will directly lead to cost savings is key
    When do I want this project done?
  • 5. Second Step: Research
    Is the project really feasible?
    How much will this cost?
    Get real cost estimates from a consultant, they’re free and carry more weight with funding organizations
    Who would fund this type of project?
    Talk with others who have done similar projects
    Talk with your local County and Regional Governments
    When would I be able to get funding?
    You will not get money overnight
  • 6. Step Three: Communication
    Find out who the decision makers are for your funding submittal
    Call and talk with them about your project before submitting
    They can be helpful with your submittal
  • 7. Step Four: Writing Your Submittal
    Language is key, write what the funding organization wants to hear
    Use key trigger words (economic development, community, technology)
    Get to the point, you’re not the only submittal they are reviewing
    Try to be unique, have something standout
  • 8. Step Five: You’re Submitted, Now What
    Stay in touch with the funding group
    You may be on the decision line
    Start development of plan B, C, D, E, etc.
  • 9. Step Six: You Get Funded
    Mission accomplished, almost
    Promote your project, there is no charge for local media
    In publications about your project don’t forget to mention who gave you the cash
    You may need them again and funding organizations like relationships
    Make your project a success
  • 10. Money, Money, Money
    Federal
    State
    Regional Government
    Non-profit foundations
    Commercial Market/Businesses
  • 11. Federal
    Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
    United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
    Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)
    National Science Foundation (NSF)
    Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
    American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) – National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Mapping Program
    www.grants.gov
  • 12. State
    Conservation, Public Safety, Travel
    Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
    Department of Transportation (DOT)
    Planning and Research (State Planning and Research SPR Program) and STIP
    Department of Commerce
    Department of Revenue
  • 13. Regional Government
    Have direct access to DOT Supplemental Planning funds and Discretionary funding via their Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) annually
    Tourism Program funding with DCED funds
    Tied in with the ARC Program
    Christmas in June
    Need equipment?
  • 14. Non-profit Foundations
    Competitive
    Large financial resource
    Easy submittal process
    Know few boundaries
    Most have either a technology, economic development, or community improvement category
    Depending on project size, could be one stop for funding
  • 15. WV Foundations
    Clay Foundation, Inc. $5,248,984
    Parkersburg Area Comm. Fdn $1,912,607
    Hugh I. Shott, Jr. Foundation $1,635,516
    Bernard McDonough Fdn, Inc. $1,620,428
    Greater Kanawha Valley Fdn$1,189,545
    James H./Alice TeubertTrust $1,177,342
    The Daywood Foundation, Inc. $1,104,500
    Comm. Fdnfor the OH Valley$1,060,787
  • 16. Businesses
    ESRI/Trimble www.esri.com/grants/
    2009 Mobile Govt. Grants ($80k)
    Google Earth http://earth.google.com/outreach/grants.html
    Wal-marts
    Local large corporations
  • 17. FGDC NDSI Cooperative Agreements Program (CAP)
    $1 million+ available annually
    Average grant size $20,000 - $75,000
    End of January submittal, September award
    Various categories
    Metadata implementation/training
    Clearinghouse participation
    OpenGIS Web Mapping implementation
    Organizational GIS
    Participation in National Map
  • 18. FHWA TCSP
    Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program
    $270 million available for 2005-2009, what’s next
    Average project size $250,000
    Opened Fall, submittals due by April 30th
    Project relate to transportation safety and/or use technology
  • 19. Sample GIS Funding Example
  • 20. Cambria County GIS
    $1.3 million of PennDOT Supplemental Funds (with some discretionary money)
    90,000+ tax parcels done using COGO method
    Used previous GIS investments as match
  • 21. Other Ways to Say Tax Parcel
    Landuse polygon
    Ownership boundary polygons
    Community properties
    Property Boundary
    Parcel
  • 22. Matching Funds
    Single source funding is rare
    State agencies have similar goals and usually require a 50-50 match
    Any local contribution (5-10-20%) puts you in a real favorable position
    Partner with others who will benefit from the project (County, Municipality, University, Fire Company, Public Schools)
  • 23. Tips
    Make GIS part of any project you have a good shot with receiving funding
    Communicate with whom you want money from throughout the process
    Use trigger words
    Never take no for an answer, at least the first three times
  • 24. Contact Information
    John Dubnanskyjohn.dubnansky@kimballcorp.com(814) 472-7700 ext. 1389
  • 25. Questions or Share Your GIS Funding Luck?
  • 26. Who Has Funded What?
  • 27. Foundations
    Greene County GIS, $65,000, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, for GIS staff, software, and equipment
    City of Pittsburgh, $40,000, Heinz Endowments, for web based data creation and analysis for hazard mitigation plan
    Rochester Institute of Technology, $874,000, Develop and implement a spectral digital imaging system
  • 28. Federal
    FGDC CAP, New Jersey Office of OIT, $50,000, National Map GIS Data Layers
    FGDC CAP, Richland County, ND, $75,000, Public Web Access to County GIS Data
    USDA Cooperative Agreement (CRIS), University of Maryland, $214,597, Development and Analysis of Geographical Data Basedefining Organic
  • 29. Federal Continued…
    USDA NRI Competitive Grant, Louisiana State University, $24,500, GIS for Red River Watershed Management
    ARC, SEDA-COG, $40,000, Development of a tourism focused Internet Map Server (IMS) for a 10-county area
    FHWA TCSP, SAP&DC, $200,000, I-99 Corridor Study Project
  • 30. State
    PADEP, Mifflin County GIS Dept., $60,000, GIS Impervious Layer for Watershed Planning
    PADEP, Municipality of Monroieville, $50,000, GIS Stormwater Map Creation
    PADCNR, Carbon County, $47,561, Lehigh River Watershed Plan with the creation of a number of GIS layers
    PADCNR, Centre County Clearwater Conservancy, $62,000, Living with I-99 GIS Outreach and Education. Included mapping of watershed features and model development.
  • 31. State Continued..
    PADCNR, Lycoming County, $18,200, Watershed planning and GIS database
    PADEP, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, $35,000, Develop detailed watershed maps and data layers
    PADOT TIP, DVRPC, $350,000, General GIS development and aerial photography
    PADOT, NWLDD, $32,000, Transit Analysis and Mapping Project
    PADCED, Greene County, $350,000, Community GeoPortal
  • 32. PADOT TIP GIS Project
  • 33. Who Funds What Chart