While telling a story about a vacation to Venice, Italy, Gil Tran, Senior Policy Analyst for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), described Venice as a beautiful and unique city where, “you’re always going to get lost when you’re in it.” Despite its layout, he said, “When you get lost, that’s when you discover all the gems.”
According to Tran, this is how grant professionals ought to dive into and enjoy the OMB Uniform Guidance (or the “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards” for those who prefer its full name). Immerse yourselves and get lost, only to discover the wonderful “nuggets” of regulations governing your federal award experience.
While many of you may have a less enchanted, more pragmatic approach to grant administration, you nonetheless need to know the latest about the Uniform Guidance.
Continue reading Gil Tran on What Is Coming Up for the OMB Uniform Guidance in 2018
There’s a lot going on under the star-spangled top hat of SAM.gov.
Grants.gov users know SAM.gov as the website on which they need to register in order to do business with the U.S. government. On SAM.gov, users can create an entity registration, update or renew an entity registration, check status of an entity registration, and search for entity registration and exclusion records.
But a new, beta version of the website still in development promises to make the site’s feature set far more expansive.
Plans are in place to consolidate under SAM.gov 10 existing federal award systems that are managed by the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Integrated Award Environment. These systems handle assistance listings, contract opportunities, wage determinations, and sub-award data, among other things.
Image credit: GSA.gov
Continue reading The Future of SAM.gov
We often hear from entrepreneurs and small business owners who are seeking federal grants to support their activities.
The promise of “free money” to launch or grow a business is alluring. But, is there any truth to the idea?
In the following video, we address this question and provide additional tips for entrepreneurs and small business owners looking for government funding.
Continue reading Video: Can I Get a Federal Grant for My Small Business?
Over 77,000 grants awarded to more than 11,000 recipients—a total exceeding $480 billion in FY 2017 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—is significant. As Andrea Brandon, Deputy Assistant Secretary of HHS’ Office of Grants and Acquisition Policy and Accountability (OGAPA), explained at the conference, this makes HHS the largest grant-making agency in the U.S. and globally.
Grants.gov Community Blog subscribers may recall the invitation to attend OGAPA’s 2018 Grants Management Conference on January 9, 2018. While OGAPA hosted hundreds of attendees—both federal grantors and some applicants—there were many of you who could not make it to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Natcher Conference Center.
Today, we look back on two key themes from the conference. Over the coming weeks, we will share other updates and information about grants management and the federal grant lifecycle from the conference.
Continue reading Grants Management: Bringing Insight from the HHS Conference to You
Do you want the grants training for federal grant managers? The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) initially developed the Grants 101 Training for federal government employees, but now these eLearning modules are available as a resource for you.
Continue reading OMB Publishes Free Online Grants Management Training
In October we shared 5 Key Competencies for Aspiring Federal Grants Management Pros based on the U.S. Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Council’s Financial Assistance Management Career Roadmap. Today, we are continuing with 4 more important elements to your career progression.
For all grant pros, these competencies represent important concepts and responsibilities to know and practice along your career path.
Continue reading 4 (More) Key Competencies for Grant Professionals
What were the most read blog posts on the Grants.gov Community Blog in 2017 (that weren’t about Workspace)? Let’s jump right into the list:
Continue reading Top 5 Blog Posts in 2017
With 2017 in the rearview mirror, let’s pause to look back on what was a significant year for federal grants. With important developments and growth in the grants community in 2017, this post takes note of key points worth remembering and helpful resources, not just from us, from some of you in the grants community.
Continue reading 2017 Year in Review: Federal Grant Highlights
If you are a grant professional with the federal government, or if you are involved in the grant-making process, then this conference is for you. With the focus of “Pathways to Grant Success,” this training conference by HHS’ Office of Grants and Acquisition Policy and Accountability (OGAPA) will cover the following areas:
Continue reading Register for the HHS Grants Management Conference on January 9, 2018
To understand the definitions of “subaward” and “subrecipient”, it helps to think in terms of a grant that has just been won. If you are not sure what an “award” is, start with the What Is an Award? post then come back.
Rather than the grantor (i.e., the grant-making agency) entrusting just one entity with carrying out a federal program, sometimes multiple awardees will shoulder the responsibilities.
In such cases, one entity – the one who submitted the grant application – will serve as a pass-through to the partnering entities, which are called subrecipients.
Continue reading What Is a Subaward and a Subrecipient?