U.S. Census Bureau Data and Tools for Grant Professionals

United States Census Bureau data are foundational in writing successful grant applications, and it is critical that all grant professionals stay up-to-date with the latest skills for accessing new data.

We will start with an overview of the American Community Survey, an ongoing survey that collects and produces population and housing information for 40+ topics every year. It is the definitive data source recognized by private foundations and government agencies for their grant making.

Next, we will showcase the latest updates to data.census.gov, the official site to access data from the 2020 Census, ACS, and other popular surveys and programs. This will include live demonstrations, guided by examples of using demographic and business data in effective grant applications.

Finally, we will share information to help you continue to expand your Census Bureau knowledge, such as training webinars through Census Academy and data user support contact information.

Learning objectives for the session focus on awareness of the free resources available to grant professionals from the Census Bureau and how to find the relevant data needed to craft, construct, and submit effective grant applications. At the end of the session, learners will be able to:

  • Identify the Census Bureau programs which provide the best data for their grant proposals, including the 2020 Census, American Community Survey, business data, and more.
  • Navigate new ways of accessing Census Bureau data through data.census.gov.
  • Explore the latest tables, maps, reports, and data visualizations from the Census Bureau in an easily digestible format.
  • Understand how to follow up with the Census Bureau if they have additional questions or training needs.

This session is recommended for all attendees.  There is no prerequisite for attendance, and no advance preparation is required.  The program level is basic.  Attendees can earn up to 2.0 hours of CPE credit in the field of specialized knowledge (nonprofits and government).

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