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Grant Management 101: Processing & Mngt. of Grants
What You Need to Know Preparation Investigation Request for Proposal (RFP) Writing the Grant Submitting the Grant Notification of Award (NOA) Project Implementation Project Completion
Words to Live By (Grant Buzzwords) RFP PI (co-PI) Proposal (grant proposal) Accounts Sub-account CAS (Cost Accounting Standards) Third Party Match
Words to Live By (Grant Buzzwords) DSR Sponsored Programs NOA Sub-awards Indirect Costs Unrecovered Indirect Match In-Kind
Project Preparation Questions to ask yourself: What are you trying to achieve? How practical is it for your situation? Is there a need for the project? Are adequate resources available? Is there support for the project? Stakeholder·County UF-IFAS· Colleagues Granting Agency· You
When Life is Not Perfect… Make sure that everyone knows why this is not a good idea. Try to garner support by showing the pros and cons of the project and/or grant. Illustrate specific examples of where a similar project was not successful. Just say “No”.
…But You Have to Do It Anyway. Set clear and concise goals. Communicate at every level. Delegate the responsibility. Generate buy-in from the group. Include the decision-makers. Have distinct and reasonable goals.
Investigating for the “Best Fit” Where are those pesky grants? Do your research Investigate RFPs that look “too good too be true.” Usually they are. Make sure you understand the requirements of the grant proposal. Make sure you have the tools you need to successfully implement the proposal.
Understanding the RFP Read it all the way through. Read it again and highlight key points. Color code different parts of the RFP. Pre-preparation Grant writing Post-preparation Submission Delegate RFP activities.
Read the RFP Thoroughly! Don’t skim through the RFP. Read it carefully, as if it were a contract. Highlight important information and specific requirements. May seem redundant (i.e., # of originals) May seem childish (i.e., specific colors) May seem unreasonable (i.e., special fonts) May seem impractical (i.e., no e-mail submissions)
Weeders!!! It is their money. Do what they ask. Each agency has their own reasons for their guidelines. Some agencies can be persnickety. They DO want to give their money away. They want to look good. Usually, not concerned with other agencies rules.
Grant Writing 101 Give the agency exactly what they are asking for, nothing more, nothing less. Don’t add superfluous information. It will not help and it might hurt. Ask for advise at all levels. Notify IFAS Sponsored Programs that you are applying for this grant. They will be prepared to make sure that all guidelines are followed. Pay strict attention to deadlines Preproposals Proposals
Grant Submission Make a specific list of requirements. Give this responsibility to someone who is not a part of the writing team. Have them prepare the packets. Give the proposal to them with ample time to meet the deadline. Make sure that you can FedEx if you have to. Check it again, again and again.
It’s not over yet…. Stay in contact with SP. Know when the granting agency was going to announce the award winners. Check-in periodically with SP to make sure that the NOA has arrived. Ask to have a copy of EVERYTHING!!
…and still not over! Ask for account numbers once they have been set up. Don’t rely on IFAS extension to remember every component of your grant. Familiarize yourself with UF process for grant expenditure. Ask for a P-card.
Mo’ Money (NOA) Yahoo! You won the grant award. Now what?
Project Implementation Make sure that your budget is in the right account categories. Find out how to expend your funding. Go through the proper process for county operations office. Each category may have a different person to submit paperwork to.
For Example OCO OE Travel local In-state Out-of-state Staff OPS Agent Program Assistant Consultant
Don’t Forget Reporting Specific to the granting agency. Specific to UF/IFAS. Copy in everyone. Specific to the county. Less is safer.
Middle-of-the-grant Advice Keep up with the required reporting. Include section on “Problems & Solutions. Have scheduled meetings. Look at the scope of services periodically. Try to keep on track. Ask for a “no-cost extension”
Completion of Project Final Report: usually just an overview. Final statistics. Successes. How it solved the original problem. Focus on the future. Add pictures and graphs. Not just verbiage.
Completion of Project Final accounting. Spend all monies within 6 months of end of project date. Make sure that UF is keeping up with F&A. Keep track of your own budget expenses throughout the life of the grant award.
Done Yet? Evaluate the grant, the agency and your role in the process. Learn from your mistakes. Try it again.