Professional development is underrated and underutilized. Every employee in your organization should be obsessed with improving themselves professionally—and you need to make it a priority in your budgets!
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 […]
Unwritten grant management rule #9. Don’t be afraid to call your program officer. Talk about your program and any challenges you’re facing or any potential scope changes you’re considering.
Everything boils down to priorities. Saying you don’t have time or money simply means _ isn’t a high enough priority. Ever notice as soon as something becomes a priority (for you, your boss, your friends), both time and money magically appear? Yeah.
Unwritten grant management rule #8. Know the grant management regs in detail. Don’t assume your program officer knows the regulations better than you. Know them well enough to find creative ways around a potential “no” from your program officer. If you research everything before asking your program officer to make a change, 99% of the […]
Wasted energy. Accomplishes nothing. Get over it and move on.
Unwritten grant management rule #7. Quantify but not just in terms of the evaluation measures in the grant. Try to go beyond that. Think in terms of how many new jobs were created (if you hired new people with the grant funds); how many contractors were put to work; the efficiency of the grant dollars […]
Innovation comes from a diversity of ideas, opinions, people, cultures, backgrounds, experiences, etc. If you always hang with the same people, you’ll always get the same thing. The Excellence Dividend, p. 239.
Unwritten grant management rule #6. Sing their praises whenever you can. If your grant program is really successful, you need to crush it with your communications plan: Promote the hell out of it on social media; contact your local and state officials; and of course, notify all your federal officials—either though professionally made communications materials […]