Now, more than ever before, communities are challenged to maintain needed services and programming. Aging infrastructure demands and statewide economic crisis are a constant concern. Seeking, identifying, and implementing alternative funding mechanisms to maintain services and projects is vital to a community's sustained quality of life. Avant-Garde specializes in government funding and grant sources with requirements ranging from basic applications and documentation to competitive project submittals. Our team has been instrumental in securing and managing millions of dollars for southern California projects.
Avant-Garde staff assists our clients in identifying priority projects and programs in need of grant funding. Continuous research is performed to determine federal, state, and local funding opportunities. Eligible projects are further developed, and our clients are advised of program requirements. Our staff is available to prepare and administer the program as required by the funding agencies.
Additionally, our team provides administrative responsibilities such as assistance with the preparation and monitoring of the operating budget and Capital Improvement Program budget. We then analyze the agency’s needs and prepare, recommend and administer long-and-short range programs consistent with the economic capabilities of the agency, including information vital to the preparation of the annual improvements budget for the agency. Finally, we search for grants, submit applications, and work with various funding agencies in completing State and Federal forms to ensure that our clients are in compliance with grant requirements.
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Funding administration is a key element in financial management and ensuring our clients follow through on procurements. When agencies are appropriated funding, it is their responsibility to work with the administering agency to submit the required documents as well as reimbursement requests. Avant-Garde staff is thoroughly familiar with the processes required pursuant to Caltrans Local Assistance Procedures and Metro funding administration procedures. Avant-Garde has successfully completed audits with Caltrans, Metro, the Federal Highway Administration and the Los Angeles Community Development Commission.
Our team ensures projects are programmed through Metro's database, conducts pre-bid meeting to discuss requirements including DBE and proper utilization, prepares and submits required packages to obtain E-76 authorizations to proceed with Design (PS&E), Right- of-way (ROW), and Construction (CON) as well as the required submittal packages for Award, Progress Invoicing and Project Close-out.
Avant-Garde strives to provide successful prevailing wage labor compliance by educating contractors and monitoring and enforcing prevailing wages on public works contracts of all sizes. Our staff participates in pre- bid and pre-construction meetings to provide necessary information on the requirements of both State and Federal Law requirements, monitors contractor and subcontractor activity for compliance with applicable law requirements including HUD Section 3 and Apprenticeship monitoring and compliance, conducts on-site employee interviews, provides wage and underpayment restitution support services, and participates in close-out audits with funding agency.
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Avant-Garde administers and implements housing rehabilitation programs which includes review of income documentation for participant eligibility, performing field inspections of potential properties, preparing inspection reports and cost estimates for recommended improvements, preparing loan/grant documents, conducting bid process procedures, conducting progress and final inspections and approving progress payments.
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Community outreach equals empowerment. More than disseminating information, Avant-Garde elicits community dialogue. Through advocacy and inclusion a community is balanced and strengthened. These long lasting benefits are the result of the techniques employed by our staff in communities throughout Southern California. We specialize in serving multi- lingual diverse communities.
Our team develops effective messages and coordinates events that draw attention to the client’s continued commitment to the community. Avant-Garde provides input and participation which ultimately inspires new growth and increased regional significance. We build communication tools that maximize community input and participation.
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