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GRANTS DEPARTMENT

helping the community grow

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE:

Sherita Sims-Jones
Budget/Grants Manager

700 Poplar Street
Macon, GA  31201

The purpose of the Grants Department is to collaborate among County departments and court operations in identifying opportunities for grant support that augment valuable, competent, and accountable government operations. The Grants Department is a fundamental resource regarding public and private grant sources. The Grants Department is responsible for administering grant programs and awards, collaborating with community agencies and serving as a resource for the community-at-large regarding available programs. In addition, the Grants Department works in partnership with the Macon-Bibb County Finance Department in monitoring federal, state and local compliance and in preparing related reports for public and private audit.

This department meets frequently with Department Heads in order to assess those county needs that can be addressed through grant funding. Other responsibilities include researching funding that is available to enhance governmental services for residents in Macon-Bibb County, serving as the primary point of contact with granting agencies, developing and implementing procedures for evaluating the effectiveness of each grant program in terms of its added benefit and working in partnership whose primary goal is to benefit the community-at-large.

Macon-Bibb County held a public forum on Tuesday, January 26 in Commission Chambers at Government Center. At these meetings, representatives from Macon-Bibb and Resolute, the company hired to conduct the initial assessment, discussed project goals and asked about potential Brownfield sites and the issues and sites most important to the community.

To view the presentation from the January 26, 2017 meeting and learn how you can provide feedback, click here. 

On Thursday, January 16, 2014, the White House and the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the expansion of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Initiative to seven additional cities, including Macon-Bibb County.

As a participant, a federal inter-agency expert team is working with Macon-Bibb County, community organizations, local businesses, and philanthropic foundations to advance our vision for economic growth and development. The primary goal is to help Macon-Bibb more effectively invest existing resources, provide advice, and expertise in support of local priorities, better align federal programs and investments, and facilitate new partnerships and peer learning opportunities wherever possible.

President Obama established SC2 in 2011as an innovative and flexible program designed to strengthen local capacity, coordinate federal investments, and spark growth in economically distressed communities. Federal inter-agency expert teams have been deployed to work alongside city leadership, community organizations, local businesses and philanthropic foundations to support the cities’ visions for economic growth and development. The primary goal is to help cities more effectively invest existing resources, provide advice and expertise in support of local priorities, better align federal programs and investments, and facilitate new partnerships and peer learning opportunities wherever possible.

The SC2 Initiative was developed through engagement with mayors, Members of Congress, foundations, nonprofits and other community partners who are committed to addressing the challenges facing local governments as they work to create economic opportunity for all residents. For more information about the SC2 Teams involvement and goals for the new locations, click here.  For more information about accomplishments of the initiative in the original pilot locations and policy insights that have surfaced as a result, please review the first SC2 Annual Report.