Do you ever research what your representative and senators are doing in DC? Congress.gov is where you can keep an eye on them and all the legislation working its way through the halls of Congress (or more cynically all the legislation that’s proposed only for optics and re-election/campaign use with no intention of ever getting […]
The more positive, like-minded people around you the better.
Case studies are a great way to learn. And when it comes to managing federal grants, the Internet is full of them. Go to Google News or Bing News and search on the following phrases: “federal grant audit,” “federal grant mismanagement,” “federal grant lost” and “federal grant misspent.” You can see where I’m going with […]
Value > Success
If you buy or improve equipment or real property with federal grants, you need to insure those items with the same coverage as your equipment and real property purchased with non-federal funds. See 2CFR200.310 for additional information.
Going after federal grants is a frustrating process. Never give up, though. The only way to truly lose is by quitting. There are dozens of reasons why projects aren’t funded—many of which have nothing to do with the quality of proposals. It’s bang-your-head-against-the-wall frustrating. I know. But keep at it. The more you try, the […]
Sometimes, learning by doing—over and over again—is the best education.
As you draft your grant budgets, keep an eye on the percentage of expenses going to personnel and how much is actually going towards the people you’re trying to serve. For example, San Diego Unified submitted a grant to the state of California to serve homeless students but, when you looked at the budget, 75-80% […]