Federal Grants

ON-DEMAND WEBINARS (RECORDINGS)
Topic: Federal Grants

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Got the Grant, Now What??
The data-rich session will address pivotal role that post award activities play in successfully managing and closing grant projects and how such efforts can strengthen your organization’s grant programs, grant team, and lead you how to be different or set your organization apart in this competitive world of grants. 
Specifically, the presentation will provide real-world examples of federal, state, and foundation grants to assist you with managing various types of grants. 
It will also illustrate what you need to do as you receive a grant notification that you have been awarded a grant; the webinar will focus on funder relationships, management of funds, reporting, purchasing, equipment, inventory and programmatic activities as well as what to do when your project scope or objective change.    

Presenter: Jasmine Markanday, MBA
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GPC CEU: 1.0 credit hour
Date Recorded: 12/14/2017
GPC Competencies: 05. Post-Award Grant Management; 07. Professionalism; 08. Funder Relationships


What's Risk (and Integrity) Got To Do With It?
The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB’s) uniform grant guidance requires both federal agencies and nonfederal entities to assess risk. Federal agencies and nonfederal entities alike must provide “reasonable assurance” there is a good faith attempt to comply with grant requirements, but ensuring that risk assessments measure up isn’t just about compliance. It’s also about performance, and that means protecting your level of risk. The uniform grant guidance is a key component of a larger federal effort to more effectively focus federal resources on improving performance and outcomes while ensuring financial integrity and proper stewardship of federal funds. Learn how to address risk in this new environment. 

Presenter: Karen Norris
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GPC CEU: 1.0 credit hour
Level of Experience: Intermediate; Advanced
Date Recorded: 12/10/2015
GPC Competencies: 05. Post-Award Grant Management; 06. Ethical Practices


Data for Dollar$$: How to Access Census Data

This session will introduce a number of simple ways to access statistics from the Census Bureau’s website.  Each of the featured tools has limitations – in populations served, geographic levels available, number and type of variables covered, and data sources used -- and we will look at each one in depth so that grant professionals can make informed decisions about their use.  The main benefits of all of the simple data access tools is ease of use – little or no training required – and very few clicks to the data!

We will then navigate the Census Bureau’s main data access tool -- the American FactFinder –first with the Address Search function, then by using the Guided Search and Advanced Search portals to explore the vast collection of (nearly 70,000) pre-formatted data tables waiting for discovery and use by grant professionals.

Suggested Prerequisite: Data for Dollar$$: Tell a Story With Census Data (below)


Presenter: Linda Clark
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GPC CEU: 1 credit hour
Level of Experience: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced
Date Recorded: 07/23/2015
GPC Competencies: 03. Effective Program/Project Design; 04. Effective Grant Applications

Data for Dollar$$: Tell a Story With Census Data
This session will provide grant professionals with the basics needed to use Census Bureau data appropriately and effectively in proposals, reports, and program evaluations. We will start with a description of the two main demographic programs, the Decennial Census and the American Community Survey and the benefits (and drawbacks) of the data they produce.  We will then cover the Federal government’s definitions of race and ethnicity and the different ways those data appear in tabulations.  Geography is the framework on which the Census Bureau organizes data from all programs, so we will examine the legal and statistical areas for which we produce data and how they relate to one another.  Tips on how to present the data will follow, followed by a tour of resources helpful to grant professionals, including links to the Census Bureau’s homepage and external Federal government sites.

Presenter: Linda Clark
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GPC CEU: 1 credit hour
Level of Experience: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced
Date Recorded: 07/09/2015
GPC Competencies: 03. Effective Program/Project Design; 04. Effective Grant Applications

Legislative and Policy Changes: Using Evidence-based Measures to Get Grants and Leverage Resources
With the DATA Act pilot program approaching, as well as other legislation in place, now is a pivotal time for organizations to begin implementing standardized grant management processes. This presentation will review the requirements of open data and grants-related legislation, how it will impact organizations, and what can be done to prepare.


Presenter: Adam Roth
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GPC CEU: 1 credit hour
Level of Experience: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced
Date Recorded: 04/09/2015
GPC Competencies: 05. Post-Award Grant Management; 06. Ethical Practices

OMB Grant Reform: From Compliance to Performance
On Dec. 26, 2013, the federal Council for Financial Assistance Reform and Office of Management and Budget released the anticipated grant reform guidance, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, which merged eight previously separate OMB grant circulars into what some have referred to as the super-circular or omni-circular, and incorporates numerous other changes to traditional grants administration, from pre-award to post-award, closeout and audit. One significant change that impacts oversight and accountability is OMB's refocus from compliance to performance.
 
All federal agencies must revise their current grant regulations to better reflect the new grant reforms, and submit those draft plans to OMB by July. Federal agencies must immediately implement processes in their revised regulations that address performance as defined in the uniform grant guidance. Applicants, recipients and the audit community will need to prepare for the shift to performance and be ready to implement when the new guidance becomes effective for them Dec. 26, 2014 or face enforcement actions that could cause recovery audits, a loss of the grant award, or worse. For the first time, federal agencies could also face reduced discretionary funding in their own agency budgets resulting from poor oversight and performance.
 
You will learn:
1. Explore the issues of transparency and accountability in the uniform grant guidance.
2. Develop an understanding of federal interest in program and fiscal accountability, including the need to promote program performance and reduce fraud, waste and abuse.
3. Recognize key provisions in the OMB reform guidance that impact program performance.
4. Recognize key provisions in the OMB reform guidance that impact risk assessment and audit.
5. Raise awareness of steps that can be taken to address performance pre-award, post-award and audit.
 
Presenter: Karen Norris
GPC CEU: 1 credit hour
Level of Experience: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced
Date Recorded: 08/13/2014
GPC Competencies: 05. Post-Award Grant Management; 06. Ethical Practices

DATA Act - Rewired
The proposed Digital Accountability and Transparency Act reflects a bipartisan effort to improve and expand the federal fiscal accountability through improved data management. It would impact all grants and all federal funding. Does the DATA Act move us in the right direction?
The DATA Act is currently in discussion in Congress. It passed the House 388-1 and the Senate unanimously. The bill reflects a bipartisan effort to improve federal fiscal accountability through better data management. Any bipartisan effort in today's Congress is of high interest. If passed into law, it will impact everyone engaged in the grants process - both grantor and grantee, and is significantly tied to OMB's grant reform. There is high interest in the grant community about the status of the DATA Act.

Presenter: Karen Norris
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GPC CEU: 1.0 credit hours
CFRE CEU: 1.0 credit hours in category 1.B-Education
Level of Experience: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced
Date Recorded: 05/08/2014
GPC Competencies: 05. Post-Award Grant Management; 06. Ethical Practices

Using Census Data When Grant Writing (Parts One, Two and Three)
The focus of these series of three (3) webinars is to learn how to use census data effectively and efficiently to describe your community/client group in grants and community assessments. Census 2010 data and American Community Survey data are the most relied-on sources for detailed, up-to-date population and socio-economic statistics covering every community in the United States.

Participants will be on-line with the instructor and use the American Factfinder (data search tool) to conduct searches using the Census 2010 for population numbers/basic characteristics, and American Community Survey for social/economic characteristics such as educational attainment, income, language spoken at home, and poverty status. Emphasis is on concepts used in grant writing and social impact statements, understanding of race/ethnicity terminology and downloading data into usable formats.

Part One: Beginning to Navigate census.gov: quick searches/Using American Factfinder, data search tool to access a community profile. (Recorded on February 27, 2013)
Part Two: Overview of American Community Survey, Tables, and Key Data Products (Recorded on March 20, 2013)
Part Three: Using the American Community Survey to access social/economic characteristics of a Neighborhood, Community Group Service Area, or school/clinic. (Recorded on April 3, 2013)

Presenter: Pauline Nunez
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Level of Experience: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced
Date Recorded: 02/27/2013; 03/20/2013; 04/03/2013
GPC Competencies: 03. Effective Program/Project Design; 04. Effective Grant Applications