After collecting data from tens of thousands of individuals across the public sector we discovered what really makes grant management so difficult - lack of formal training. 69% of staff taking on grant management activities are never trained. In many business disciplines such as finance, management and human resources, there are decades of best practice, theory and education focused on improving the practices in their respective fields. Grant management does not benefit from the same history of well-established standards. Fortunately, training is not a complex problem to solve. We've provided you videos and a library of resources to help you get started on improving your grant management process.
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This guide is a strategic playbook to help leaders interested in alternative funding sources understand the mechanics and benefits of pursuing and utilizing grant funds. This guide will help you understand what needs to be done to execute an effective and efficient grant funding strategy and avoid the costs and frustrations commonly associated with grants.
The Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) represents the most sweeping federal grant reform in 50 years. Learn what this means for you. Here are two training videos to start.
Uniform Guidance Training (1:16:09)
Uniform Guidance Q&A (36:49)
Grants Training 101 Modules are available through the CFO Council. The training is designed to provide Federal officials a basic knowledge training on grants and cooperative agreements. The training is not designed to provide detailed administrative, accounting and audit requirements that are specific to programs based on their statutory provisions, agency regulations and guidance. Thus, this training should be supplemented by materials that are specific to agency guidance and requirements. Go to the CFO Council website.
Learn about competitive, formula, continuation, and pass-through grants.
Become familiar with the acronyms most frequently used by grantor agencies.
Debunk the common myths that slow you down and lead to poor decisions.
Focus on finding the right grant funding opportunities and better proposal development.
The spreadsheet has been a wonderful tool, but it's time embrace better tools.
"Dr. Bev" shares how to expand your pool of potential funders to meet those smaller needs.
An internal form to track key information for grants you intend to pursue.
A simple internal risk assessment form to determine if you should pursue a grant.
Create an internal system of application approval, accounting, administration and reporting.
AGA is the member organization for government financial management professionals. Through training and events, professional certification, publications and ongoing education, AGA helps members build their skills and advance their careers. AGA is committed to increasing government accountability and transparency and has been instrumental in assisting with the development of accounting and auditing standards and in generating new concepts for the effective organization and administration of government financial management. Our more than 14,000 members, who include elected officials, senior executives, mid-level managers, entry-level employees and students, work in government financial management professions including accounting, auditing, budgeting, financial reporting, performance reporting, grants management, contract management and information systems. Go to the AGA website.
The National Grants Management Association (NGMA) is recognized throughout the grants management industry as the membership association leader providing tools and resources for grants professionals to support and maintain high levels of grants management competency and to establish standards of excellence for grants managers. NGMA provides comprehensive full lifecycle grants management training, professional certification, continuing professional education, tools and resources, and a forum for networking with grants industry professionals. NGMA serves all levels of government (federal, state, local, tribal), non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and affiliated private sector organizations. Go to the NGMA website.