- Pub Code: WG311-11WEB
- Originally held on May 16, 2013
Good Grants Management Is Good Grantsmanship — How to Stand Out (in the Right Way) During Pre-Award Review of Your Federal Grant Application
May 16, 2013 Webinar - Listen On-Demand or Get a CD!
As a result of the federal budget sequester, federal agencies will have fewer dollars for future awards, translating into a much more competitive grant application process going forward. This webinar details what federal agencies will be looking for in applications — both in the near-term and long-range — and provides practical tips for how to present the best grants management face during the application review process.
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How to Remain Competitive in a Sequestered Federal Grant Environment: Tips & Techniques
The dreaded federal budget sequester has been underway for a few weeks now, and the effects are beginning to be noticed. Federal employees are getting furlough notices and federal contractors are being told that their contracts have been “terminated for the convenience of the government.”
In the federal grant community, the impact is a little different. That’s because an existing grant can’t be terminated unless your organization doesn’t comply with the terms and conditions of the award, you run out of time for performance, or you don’t want the money any more. So, federal grant cuts, therefore, will be brought about prospectively — with federal agencies having fewer dollars for future awards. And that translates into a much more competitive grant application process going forward.
So put yourself in the shoes of federal officials who review discretionary grant applications to decide who’s going to get funded and how much. In addition to perhaps being a mite grumpy about how much unpaid leave you’ve been given recently, you’re probably not going to have a whole lot of patience with applicants who have a history of poor performance, management weaknesses and noncompliance, even if there is a demonstrated need for the funds.
The old saw “Good Grants Management Is Good Grantsmanship” has probably never been truer. And, as if to make it even more accurate, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has just floated a proposal to ramp up and make uniform the federal agencies’ procedures for reviewing the merit of proposals and assessing the risk posed by applicants. The steps they would mandate involve ones that some federal agencies have been taking all along, but OMB has taken the combination of legal requirements and best practices, and crafted a more robust approach that all agencies would have to follow.
So what will federal agencies be looking for in applications that you submit in the near-term and long-range? This webinar will give you the answers and provide you with practical tips for how to present the best grants management face during the application review process. You’ll learn:
- What are the management areas that will get pre-award scrutiny?
- What databases will federal agencies be using and how can you preview them?
- Will criteria like timely reporting and rapid “burn rates” be used to judge risk?
- How will programmatic performance and results be assessed?
- What role will audit findings have in the process?
- How can you best “spin” the situation when things haven’t gone as planned?
- How might special conditions be attached to your award?
Prerequisites: Some knowledge of federal grants management is helpful but not necessary
Advanced preparation: None
Attendees will receive presentation slides as well as access to background documents.
BOB LLOYD is a respected authority on policies and practices affecting the award, administration and oversight of federal grants, contracts and subawards. Mr. Lloyd has more than 40 years of experience in federal award implementation. Prior to starting his management consulting practice in Washington, D.C., in 1982, he served as the executive director of the Grants Management Advisory Service and held staff positions in two large federally funded organizations. Since then, he has been a consultant, trainer or advisor to award and audit units in 16 federal award-making departments and agencies, and to recipient and subrecipient organizations and their professional advisors located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, several U.S. territories and 18 foreign countries. He is the principal author of several reference works on federal grants management and audits, and currently serves as contributing editor to Federal Grants News and Federal Auditing News, published jointly by Atlantic Information Services and NACUBO. He also is a Charter Life Member of the National Grants Management Association and served on its Board of Directors for five years.
Who Should Attend?
- Principal investigators
- Program managers
- Grant writers
- Grants coordinators
- Sponsored programs administrators
- Finance directors
- Accounting personnel
- Internal auditors
- Senior managers
- General counsels
The costs of webinars sponsored by Federal Fund Management Advisor are allowable charges to your federal grants and subgrants. Each of the sets of federal cost principles issued by OMB for federal awards administered by state, local, and tribal governments, colleges and universities, and nonprofit organizations explicitly states that the costs of training for employee development and vocational effectiveness are allowable. For your records, the specific citations are:
- OMB Circular A-21 (2 CFR 220), Appendix A, Paragraph J.51—Colleges and Universities
- OMB Circular A-87 (2 CFR 225), Appendix B, Paragraph 42—State, Local and Tribal Governments
- OMB Circular A-122 (2 CFR 230), Appendix C, Paragraph 49(a)—Nonprofit Organizations
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