Presentation on theme: "Managing your Loan Star Libraries Grant Part 3 Wendy Clark Jennifer Justus Texas State Library and Archives Commission."— Presentation transcript:
Managing your Loan Star Libraries Grant Part 3 Wendy Clark Jennifer Justus Texas State Library and Archives Commission
What well cover Grant Data Reporting Completing Year-End reports Preparing for the Next Funding Cycle
Grant Reports Performancereports numbers (outputs) along with a narrative description of activities Financialreports how the grant budget was spent Equipment (only required if you purchased items listed as equipment in grant budget) Revisions (only required if you need to change the way grant funds are allocated)
Performance Report Tips Yes! Report items received not those on order Use accurate counts from an auditable record Track users for items or services purchased with grant funds No! Reporting entire population served Report no activity every report period Try to report a number for items like furniture; enter a zero
Performance Reporting Report the number of items received; base that number on a documented count (# of books received). The number of times items circulate is good info. to report in the narrative section but not a statistical measure.
Performance Reporting Report the number of persons served; base that number on a documented count (# of people in attendance at program). The number of people using a service, such as a database or computer purchased with grant funds, must be reported
Performance Reporting Each report is discrete; report numbers for that period only However, if you forgot to report a number from a previous quarter you can add it in; but you must explain that in the report
Performance Reporting Method of measurement=how did you come up with the number? Justification? What source did you use to come up with that number (shipping list, count from your ILS, head count, sign-in sheet)?
Completing Grant Reports Reporting Requirements Reporting Requirements and Process
GMS: online grant management system (GMS) used for grant applications and reporting. https://gms.tsl.state.tx.us/ Grant Management System
Performance Reportopening page
Performance Report – materials
Performance Report - materials
Performance Report - persons served
Performance Report - library staffing
Performance Report - narrative questions
Grant revisions A grant revision is needed: If you need to move $ into a zero budget category If the total amount of $ you need to move exceeds 10% of grant funds If you need to dramatically change what you want to do with grant funds
Grant revisions A grant revision should : Be completed prior to reallocating funds If making multiple revisions, track your budget so you know where you are
Financial Reports Required Financial Reports: Request For Funds (RFF) – Over 50K Financial Status Reports (FSR) Equipment Report – Only if grant funds are budgeted in the equipment category
RFF Tips Only applies to Loan Star grantees with an award amount over 50K Instruction link at top of form will provide step by step instructions. Make sure to enter the amount of expenditures for the grant term, not just the period of request – GMS will calculate the current request amount Submit a Request For Funds at least once per quarter even if you didnt have any expenditures.
FSR Submitted with Errors
FSR Tips Instruction link at top of form will provide step by step instructions. Do not try to enter information into grayed out cells – these cells are auto filled by GMS. Do not check Final if you have not spent all grant money and/or you havent received all grant money from TSLAC. Contact myself or Wendy if you ever have any questions – We are here to help!!
Final FSR Tips Check Final Report box under Report Information Only submit final once all funds have been received and expended If there is a balance that has not been expended in excess of $25 the funds must be returned to TSLAC
Equipment Report Tips Due no later than October 31st Only required if grant funds were budgeted and spent in the equipment category Fill out report for ALL equipment/property purchased with grant funds Total of Equipment Report should be greater than or equal to the Total Cumulative Expenditures in Equipment on the Final FSR
Preparing for next year…
Grant timeline Augustgrant awards issued October 31grant applications (plan of action) due October 31all previous year reports due February 28- contracts due June 15status updates due for next years funding July 31any revisions due August 31all funds encumbered/spent October 15-all bills paid; funds liquidated October 31- final deadline for report submission
Best Practices Complete reports by October 31 for previous cycle Respond to any requests TSLAC sends asking for report changes Use direct deposit; verify banking information Return your contracts as soon as possible Ensure the contracts are signed correctly Grant funds will not be sent until all previous grant reports are received.
Best Practices Read your contract Put report dates on your calendar and submit on time Print all submitted forms from GMS and file Keep copies of invoices documenting expenditures in the file Communicate with TSLAC staff Plan to collect outputs Track statistics carefully and realistically Be proactive – Always be aware of your budget, submit revisions as they arise and do not wait until the last minute to expend grant funds
Further Information Wendy Clark at Jennifer Justus at Pauline Brewer at