Best PracticesThe Grant Doctors 365

The Grant Doctors 365 / 082020

Unwritten grant management rule #10. Your program officer might occasionally ask for information you weren’t expecting. Understand they do this for a reason. It’s not to make you jump through random hoops for the hell of it. Most often, it’s to help them get a better understanding of your program. Other times, they might be responding to a Congressional request. Also, it might be to check a box they have on their monitoring form. When they unexpectedly ask for information, get some clarity about what they want and then give it to them—especially, if it’s something really easy to pull together. If they give you an unrealistic deadline, tell them you need more time. If they don’t budge, submit what you have on time and then submit a more complete report a day or two later.