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The Grant Doctors 365 / 091120

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In terms of federal grants, organizations do a poor job of planning ahead for future funding. Organizations should have a top five or a top ten list of programs they would start—or expand—if federal funding becomes available. So much time is wasted deciding what to do, selecting the project leader, designing the program, identifying external […]

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The Grant Doctors 365 / 090920

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As we know, there aren’t any federal grants to start a new business and grants to existing businesses are extremely rare and very limited in their purpose. If you have an existing business, don’t waste your time looking for grants, go after public contracts. Governments at all levels—federal, state and local—buy hundreds of billions of […]

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The Grant Doctors 365 / 090720

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We’re entering the homestretch for 2020. We have about three solid months of grant work in front of us before the holiday season. Once Thanksgiving arrives, we start sliding downhill towards the new year. Pack as much as you can into the next few months so you can use December as a planning month and […]

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The Grant Doctors 365 / 090320

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How long must you keep your records after your grant ends? In general: three years after the date you submit your final expenditure and program report. Once you submit the final report, mark your calendar three years (plus one day) in the future to have a records disposal day. Please see 2 CFR 200.333 for […]

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The Grant Doctors 365 / 082020

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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 […]

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The Grant Doctors 365 / 081620

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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 […]