Grant Management

Federal Grant Reform and GPC

Federal Grant Reform and GPC

Federal Grant Reform and GPC   GPC isn’t just for Grant Professional Certification, post-nominal letters I am proud to display. GPC is also the acronym for the  Grants Policy Committee.    Grant Policy Committee This GPC, a committee of the U.S. Chief Financial Officers Council, has responsibility for coordinating government-wide streamlining and simplification activities for federal grants and cooperative agreements. This GPC recommends financial assistance policies and practices to the Office of Management and Budget and coordinates related interagency activities. This GPC is moving us forward with federal grant reform. Busy GPC The GPC’s improvement efforts gained significant momentum when the committee assumed…read more →

We Love Our Funders But …We Work Better Together

We Love Our Funders But …We Work Better Together

WE LOVE OUR FUNDERS BUT… WE WORK BETTER TOGETHER!   This is our first blog in a new and exciting partnership – a Link Party – with esteemed grant writers from across the country, including Jana Jane Hexter, Diane H. Leonard,  Heather Stombaugh and Mark Whitacre. Click on the links throughout this article to read their fascinating and educational perspectives on this subject. Look for more LinkParty articles in the future!   In my 15 years plus working with grants I have found funders and their staff to be some of the most amazing and passionate people. I have worked…read more →

Program Officer Part 2

Program Officer Part 2

Program Officer:  Friend of Foe? Part 2  In our second installment of Program Officer: Friend or Foe we find that the exceptional Program Officer has become more than a friend and moved into the role of Champion!  Five years after Project Streamline explored the burdens of grant applications and reporting, their new report explores streamlining trends, success, barriers and perceptions. It looks at where the field is with streamlining and where it should go next. This new report Practices That Matter: Taking Stock of Streamlining  exposes the Streamline Champion!  Streamlining grants applications and reporting requires grant makers to take time to gather information about their process…read more →

Effort Reports & Payroll Certifications

Effort Reports & Payroll Certifications

Effort Reports & Payroll Certification – The ‘What’s and ‘Why’s  Grant makers, at all levels, are seeking greater accountability,accuracy, efficiency,transparency and timing for contracts and grant compliance activities. Federal agencies are accountable to Congress and to the public for the use of the funds they award. Many agencies require Effort Reports or Payroll Certification.  The federal government requires institutions to have a process in place to certify that salary expenses on federally funded sponsored projects represent an equitable distribution of charges based on an employee’s work activities.   As specified in applicable cost principles, at a minimum, adequate time and effort reports…read more →

Program Officer: Friend or Foe – Part 1

Program Officer: Friend or Foe – Part 1

The Program Officer: Friend or Foe  The word “philanthropy” derives from the Ancient Greek phrase philanthropia, meaning “to love people.” When you think about a foundation program officer do you imagine a benevolent professional who loves, or at least cares, about the very people who benefit from the grant awards or do you feel like program officers are all politics, pressure and power? Would you be surprised to know that your perception and your actions have more to do with your answer than it has to do with the position of a program officer, philanthropy or foundations? Sure, grants have…read more →

Making Money with Program Income

Making Money with Program Income

  Making Money with Program Income!   Do you need more matching funds to meet the grant requirements? Do you want to serve more clients with your grant program? Do you want your program to be sustainable after the grant is complete?   ​Consider Your Program Income! Program Income can help you meet your matching fund requirements, help you serve more clients and increase program sustainability during and beyond the grant project!

What is eRA Commons?

What is eRA Commons?

What is eRA Commons?  The eRA Commons is a web interface where National Institute of Health, certain other Department of Health and Human Services agencies,  applicants and institutions are able to to participate in the electronic grant application and administration process.  Principle Investigators and postdoctoral personnel funded by the NIH are required to be registered with the Commons, and to include their Commons user name in their proposals. The best place to start is with the following presentations geared to provide you with an overview of the electronic grant application process: Interacting Electronically With NIH (PowerPoint – 4 MB) – Updated June…read more →