Let’s Get Grant Ready

Grant readiness is more than an exercise in checking items on a checklist. It is the organization’s readiness to competitively apply for grants, finalize the awarding process, and manage the grant.  Instead of you having to peruse multiple sources to determine if the organization or business is grant ready based on several readiness criteria, theContinue reading “Let’s Get Grant Ready”

Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund

To address the gap in revenue and shore up “on the ground” services, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 allocates $350 billion in emergency funding directly to each eligible state, county, city, territorial, and Tribal government and to non-entitlement units of local government.

Understanding Subrecipient vs. Contractor Determination

If your organization receives federal grants and enters into agreements with subrecipients or contractors, it is critical that the substance of the relationship with each is fully understood. This is crucial for several reasons but the primary reason is that it is required (see Uniform Guidance – 2 CFR 200.332 – Requirements for pass-through entities).Continue reading “Understanding Subrecipient vs. Contractor Determination”

A Summary of OMB Memorandum M-21-20

OMB Memorandum M-21-20 was broken into five sections that either underscore the federal government’s need for a swift response to the public health crisis, outline its commitment to accountability and transparency of ARP spending, or ensure that all Americans are supported through the advancement of racial equity and that underserved communities are supported.

A Summary of Appendix 3 of OMB Memorandum M-21-20

On March 19, 2021, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published Memorandum M-21-20 to outline the Administration’s approach to “effective implementation and stewardship of American Rescue Plan funds.” This post will summarize the twelve flexibilities outlined in Appendix 3.

Learn About Federal SBIR/STTR Funding

Do you own a business in the US with a technological innovation that could use an infusion of research and development (R&D) investment to meet its commercial potential? If you do or know someone who may be, continue reading to learn about federal SBIR and STTR funding and which companies are eligible to apply. WhatContinue reading “Learn About Federal SBIR/STTR Funding”

Uniform Guidance – The Final 2020 Edition

The August 13, 2020 issue of the Federal Register included the final guidance for the revision of 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance). All revisions except amendments to two sections are effective November 12, 2020; two sections became effective the date of publication in theContinue reading “Uniform Guidance – The Final 2020 Edition”

A Primer on the Continuum of Care Program That Helps Address Homelessness

If you operate or plan to operate a permanent or transitional housing program and you are not familiar with the Continuum of Care program, keep reading to learn more about the community-driven collaborative process that steers HUD funding to organizations that serve the homeless in communities around the country. Before Congress passed the Homeless EmergencyContinue reading “A Primer on the Continuum of Care Program That Helps Address Homelessness”

The Great Timing of COVID-19 Relief Grants from Regional Funding Collaboratives

Grants Works has been sharing details on social media about COVID-19 funding relief being offered by regional funding collaboratives. Funding collaboratives are not new. However, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw the impressive speed, efficiency and effectiveness of these pooled donations from charitable foundations, corporations and individuals to fund local nonprofits andContinue reading “The Great Timing of COVID-19 Relief Grants from Regional Funding Collaboratives”

Grant Reporting Dos and Don’ts

Let’s face it—grant management is often undervalued.  The focus tends to center on acquiring new grants with little thought on carefully managing an existing grant portfolio as one way to increase funding from current funders and sustain grant-funded projects year after year. It is also no secret that grant reports are the best indicators of howContinue reading “Grant Reporting Dos and Don’ts”

(Updated) – A Summary of OMB M-20-17: Administrative Relief for Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance Impacted by COVID-19

This post was updated on June 23, 2020 to include the extension of expiration dates for two areas of administrative relief as outlined in M-20-26 released on June 18, 2020. On March 19, 2020, the Office of Management and Budget released M-20-17, Administrative Relief to Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by theContinue reading “(Updated) – A Summary of OMB M-20-17: Administrative Relief for Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance Impacted by COVID-19”

Proposed Changes to Uniform Guidance

What is Uniform Guidance? Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) is the culmination of extensive collaboration between the Office of Management and Budget and federal awarding agencies to improve the transparency, oversight and performance of federal awards to non-federal entities. When OMB released the final draft of Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) in December 2014, itContinue reading “Proposed Changes to Uniform Guidance”

What is the GREAT Act?

The GREAT Act and its impact on your federal grants The Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency Act was signed into law on December 30, 2019.  It calls for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to partner with the federal agency that awards the most grants and cooperative agreements to develop a governmentwide standardContinue reading “What is the GREAT Act?”

HUD Financial Assistance Programs – HOME Investment Partnerships Fund

Recently an executive director who runs a two-person nonprofit that goes to motels to help homeless and economically disadvantaged people shared that she was at her wits end trying to get additional funding for her program. Someone suggested she look into whether her community participated in HUD’s Continuum of Care program. I also added aContinue reading “HUD Financial Assistance Programs – HOME Investment Partnerships Fund”

(Updated) – The UEI is Coming

What is the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)? The federal government’s transition from the D-U-N-S number to the Unique Entity Identifier will now be effective in April 2022 instead of December 2020. Organizations that plan to apply for a grant will need a Unique Entity Identifier in SAM.gov. The Unique Entity Identifier is the new identifier anyContinue reading “(Updated) – The UEI is Coming”