City honored for grant management

State auditor recognizes Spokane with stewardship award

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740

Monday, September 28, 2015 at 3 p.m.

The Washington State Auditor’s Stewardship Award was presented to the City of Spokane this month. The stewardship award is one of only four that have been awarded to local governments throughout the state.

The Stewardship Award marks the great progress that has been made by City staff in the Community, Housing and Human Services and Grants Management departments.

“The award is significant because it recognizes that Spokane is better able to use federal and state grant dollars to benefit those in need in our community,” said Mayor David Condon.

As a result of multiple findings by the state auditor in 2012 and 2013, City administration created a Grants Management and Financial Assistance Department in November 2013 to improve internal controls, and review and improve overall systems and processes relative to grants management. In 2014, the City received no findings by the State Auditor.

“When the State Auditor’s office gave me the letter announcing the award I felt so proud of the grants management and CHHS department,” said Council President Ben Stuckart. “To go from multiple years of audit findings to zero in such a short amount of time speaks volumes about the hard work the city employees do every day.”

The City continues to work with its nonprofit community partners that receive funding to improve the grant systems and ensure that the end beneficiaries, Spokane’s low income families, receive the best service.