We asked about grant management tools and boy, did we get an earful!
(We conducted a short survey so we could better understand the needs of the grant management community.)
Your responses confirmed the trend we are seeing across the grant profession and training industry.
The most pressing need is for more grant management tools, not just more grant training.
It makes sense!
Perhaps, you need help managing your grant more efficiently in the reduced staff, and the reduced budget world of COVID-19!
Or maybe you are dealing with the opposite situation: Expectations to get staff up-to-speed quickly and implement your grants (with little or no time to train them)!
Either way, you need better tools!
3 Surprising Reasons for Better Tools:
In the survey, respondents shared three surprising reasons they wanted better tools.
Reason #1: The Main Challenge is the Grant Environment…
- 60% of respondents identified process issues and other people’s lack of knowledge as the biggest challenges they face as grant professionals
Most people do want to do the right thing, but often it can feel like it’s the blind, leading the blind.
Without a clear vision of best practices and requirements, the grant environment can be one of chaos and backtracking through a maze of confusing grant regulations and audit findings.
Reason #2: Little Knowledge of What Effective Grant Management Looks Like…
- 83% of respondents want a greater understanding of grant management process flows and best practices for a compliance program so they can improve communication with others in the organization and have more efficient and effective grant management methods
Many accomplished grant professionals are willing to step into a leadership role but maybe lacking expertise in subjects like internal controls, and fiscal management.
Reason #3: Better Tools to be a Better Grant Manager…
- 80% of respondents asked for help with questions about indirect cost rates and assistance with proposal preparation so they can feel confident about developing the cost allocation part of the grant proposal
More Federal Grant Management Tools Coming Soon…
We are taking your feedback to heart and will work hard this year to offer more ways to make your grant management tasks less painful and more efficient-so you can spend more time on the fun stuff-like helping people and making your programs successful!
Stay tuned for future updates…
Ready to Improve Your Grant Management?
How about you?
Would you like to be a better grant manager?
We have another grant management training seminar coming soon.
Click here to get all the details!
Hope to see you there!
Lucy Morgan CPA, MBA
CEO, Compliance Warrior
Author of “Decoding Grant Management-The Ultimate Success Guide to the Federal Grant Regulations in 2 CFR Part 200” The 2nd Edition is now available on Amazon in Paperback and Kindle versions.