When it comes to federal grant management, these terms award, subaward and contract are NOT interchangeable. And when grant recipients AND funders and federal regulations seem to use them in that way it is SLOPPY communication.
Let’s look at the term “Award” for the purposes of federal grant recipients. A federal “award” means grants, cooperative agreements, cost reimbursement contracts and other agreements between the federal government and a non-federal entity such as a: State Government Local Government Indian Tribal Government Non-profit Organization Institution of Higher Education (IHE) Here is the definition […]
“It’s not fair!” This cry is not just for toddlers and politicians. The federal government also jumps in the mix when it comes to federal grants. The Uniform Guidance (2 CFR Part 200) requires grant recipients to spread the federal dollars around to businesses that may have been shut out of federal spending in the […]
Transparency in the News Transparency has been in the news a lot lately! It might even feel like that expecting transparency with federal funding is the norm. In truth, the focus on transparency for federal grants is a relatively new development from being able to track spending on USASpending.gov to reporting executive compensation on the […]
I’ve tracked the unfortunate situation at a Pennsylvania non-profit having their grant funding frozen after $20 million in spending was out of compliance. It is a very sad story. Lots of audit findings, lots of areas of non-compliance. Not to mention lots of heads rolling in the organization after the grant management…or lack of it was […]
Are you prepared for the day when your program officer asks the grant management team at your organization? “What are you doing to monitor for grant fraud?” Ah…well…you know… Ouch! Tips for Avoiding Grant Fraud There are a wide variety of concealment behaviors that unscrupulous people use to seize the opportunity to commit grant fraud […]