The City of Hattiesburg Department of Urban Development formed the Office of the Grant Coordinator position in 1999. This position was formed to address the recognized need to efficiently control the increasing number of federal and state grants as well as special projects undertaken by the City. The Office was moved to the newly formed Department of Federal and State Programs in 2009.
The Grant Coordinator works closely with City departments to help them find resources necessary to develop and complete programs and projects that enhance quality of life in the City of Hattiesburg.
The duties include:
- Researching grants from governmental agencies and private foundations to determine feasibility of developing programs;
- Coordinating with appropriate department personnel city-wide as well as other area governmental entities and organizations;
- Developing program goals and objectives, outlining how funds are to be used, and explaining procedures necessary to obtain funding;
- Writing grant applications according to format required and submitting application to funding agency;
- Researching census data, creating budgets, crafting statement of need, and other standard information;
- Administering grants, which includes, but is not limited to: corresponding with funding agencies, requesting extensions and budget amendments as needed, reporting, drawdowns, bookkeeping, accounting, maintaining master files on grants, etc.;
- Directing and coordinating evaluations, monitoring, or audits of grant-funded programs.