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CSBG Data T/TA Project Summaries FY 2010

State Exemplary Practices Projects Supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Published: July 5, 2012
Community Services Block Grants (CSBG)
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FY 2010
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
National Training for Financial Management and Administrative Governance

Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Meliora Partners, Inc.



Grant Recipient

125 West Merle Hibbs Boulevard, #424
Marshalltown, IA  50158
Telephone: (641) 751-1022

Project Director

Mr. Owen Heiserman, Project Director

Organizational Description

Meliora Partners is a team of financial and management specialists that has provided nationwide training and technical assistance (T/TA) services to CSBG-eligible entities and State CSBG offices since 1999.  Meliora’s work has been partially funded through Peer-to-Peer Crisis Prevention and Aversion T/TA grants from the Office of Community Services (OCS).  Meliora also operated the National Community Action Management Academy training program for four years with OCS grants.  Formerly the National Services Division of Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc. (MICA), Meliora was incorporated as its own nonprofit in January, 2007.

Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds

During this two-year project, Meliora Partners, Inc. will: (1) establish a protocol to define and rank exemplary practices and policies in financial management and in administrative governance; (2) publish rankings of exemplary practicesand policiesrecommended by CSBG-eligible entities, State CSBG Lead Agencies and State Community Action Agency Associations; (3) create and disseminate risk assessments that help CSBG-eligible entities and State CSBG Lead Agencies to identify and respond more effectively to financial and governance vulnerabilities; (4) institute uniform procedures for documenting and evaluating the effectiveness of risk assessments and exemplary practices and policies; and (5) establish mechanisms for ongoing identification, documentation, evaluation, and dissemination of effective financial management and administrative governance exemplary practices and policies.

Expected Outcomes

CSBG-eligible entities will increase their capacity to identify and resolve financial management and administrative governance risks before they cause problems.  Meliora will create tools that reduce the time State CSBG Lead Agencies require to resolve identified grantee deficiencies.  Meliora will create and disseminate tools for risk assessment and exemplary practices and policies adoption, including training in their use; and establish collaborative processes within the Community Action Agency (CAA) network to channel the flow of T/TA information throughout the network.  Products of this project will be posted to the VirtualCAP website under the categories of “Financial Management” and “Governance.”  By the eighth quarter (i.e. July through September 2012), one or more business models will be available for continuing to make these financial management and administrative governance resources available to the CAA network.