The main duties of the Albany County Grants Office (two full-time employees) are to develop, prepare and submit grant proposals to federal and state agencies on behalf of various county departments and outside county agencies. In preparation for these grant proposals, the Grants Office conducts research on various federal and state grant programs as well as providing technical assistance for other grant proposal writers. The Grants Manager also manages and keeps in compliance the various grants, including report writing, file maintenance, preparation for payment of grant expenditures, tracking of grant expenditures and revenues, and preparation of audit information.
In FY 11/12 there were 142 active grant files in the grants office portfolio, including 3 ARRA funded Energy efficiency grants. During this past FY2011-2012, the office has received $1,805,410 in Federal revenues and $2,335,975 in State Grant revenues for the benefit of Albany County.
Major projects that were in progress during this time included the Rehabilitation of the Lincoln Community Center, retrofits to increase energy efficiency in various county owned buildings, the purchase of equipment for rural fire stations, wild fire prevention/fuel mitigation, the construction of a new and safer bridge on Tunnel Road, the purchase of a Sno Cat to be used for Albany County rescue missions, the purchase of multiple vehicles for the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, the purchase of a fire warden command vehicle, parking lot improvements for the Albany County Library and Fairgrounds, ADA restroom improvements for the Albany County Library, the construction of a new fire hall for the Laramie Peak Fire Zone area, the employment of a full-time emergency manager, and numerous program grants that support all areas of county government including law enforcement, public health, historical preservation, public services as well as community programs.
Sheela Schermetzler, Ed.S.
Albany County Grants Manager
October 31, 2007