The Home Owners Association at Lake Dalecarlia in northwest Indiana contracted with Eric Neagu of Weaver Boos Consultants and CROPS in 2011 to apply for and receive a $2.3 million grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The project included the design and repair of portions of the two dams that form Lake Dalecarlia, a recreational lake formed at the confluence of Cedar Creek and Foss Ditch. In September 2008, the heavy rains from Hurricane Ike caused these dams to overtop, damaging the dams, stream, and other area infrastructure. Damages exceeded $2 million in the area and impacted over 575 low to moderate income people, including 227 elderly people.

Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Program – Program Design and Proposal Development

The Navajo Nation Special Diabetes program in Window Rock, Arizona contracted with Jan Mitchell Johnson of Grantsformation and Beverly Santicola of CROPS to design a program plan and write a competitive grant proposal requesting $12.8 million over a two year period of time ($6.4 million per year) .  The Navajo Nation is the largest federally recognized tribe and land-based reservation in the US; with a three branch government similar to the federal government. Navajo encompasses nearly 27,000 square miles of considerable rural and geographically remote frontier area, and extends into part of 13 counties in portions of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Of the nearly 300,000 Navajos in the US, about 205,000 reside on the reservation. The grant award impacted the lives of 26,859 Navajos with diabetes annually.

National Association of RC&D Councils – Conference Presenter and Proposal Development

The National Association of Resource Conservation & Development Councils (NARC&DC) in Washington, DC contracted with CROPS in 2012 to present at their annual conference in Madison, Wisconsin and to help write foundation grants for the organization in 2012 and 2013. The NARCDC is a member of the National Conservation Partnership  and has served as a national voice and guiding organization for up to 375 authorized Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Areas located in all 50 states, the Caribbean, and Pacific Islands Area since 2005. These areas serve 85% of all US counties and 77% of the total US population. Collectively, the NARC&DC and local RC&D Councils have been providing direction, planning, and implementation of projects for rural America for over 50 years.

Texoma Council of Governments – Grant Writing Training and Strategic Planning

CROPS has worked with the Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG) over the past four years to provide grant writing training, annual conference speakers and strategic planning services.  TCOG’s service delivery area of Cooke, Fannin, and Grayson counties in north Texas includes 2,774 square miles, 31 cities, 17 school districts, 2 special districts, nearly 194,000 residents and approximately 6 million visitors per year due to its parks, lakes and recreational areas.  Moreover, millions more travelers move through the region every year on two major interstate arteries, Interstate 35 through Cooke County and Gainesville, and US Hwy 75 through Grayson County, Sherman and Denison. In 2013, TCOG and CROPS, along with its academic partner, Austin College, received a national award from the National Association of Development Organizations for innovation in designing the Social Entrepreneurship for Poverty Alleviation (SEPA) program.

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe – Grant Coordination and Program Planning

Beverly Santicola of CROPS has provided grant writing training, grant coordination and program planning services for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe since 2010. The Ute Mountain Tribe employs over 900 people in its enterprises and departmental programs. These employees include tribal members, other Native Americans, and Anglos, thus making the tribe the second largest employer in the Four Corners area. The per capita enrollment for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is approximately 2000. The majority of the members live on the reservation in Towaoc with a smaller population in the White Mesa community.