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Posted by on Apr 14, 2015

Survey Says: Take Federal Grants Update 2015

Survey Says: Take Federal Grants Update 2015

SurveyThank you to everyone who took the time to respond to our 2015 survey. The Management Concepts team is combing through the results now as part of our continuous update process for our Grants & Assistance curriculum.

One thing that stands out to me is that 42 percent of respondents indicated they are planning on taking Federal Grants Update 2015. (And that doesn’t include the 11 percent of respondents who indicated they had already attended this class.)

Six Reasons to Sign Up for Federal Grants Update in 2015

  1. You haven’t kept up-to-date with the exceptions made by OMB when the Uniform Guidance went into effect
  2. You’re managing multiple awards, issued before and after December 26, 2014, and need to understand how to keep the “rules” straight during performance
  3. You don’t know which internal policies you need to update to be compliant
  4. You know that other things have changed in the grants world, but aren’t sure what those things are
  5. You didn’t take Federal Grants Update 2014
  6. You did take Federal Grants Update 2014 but need to know how to implement Uniform Guidance changes.

This tells me that the grants community feels it needs to know, as one student wrote, “how to put ‘the Supercircular in context’ of implementation.” It also points to the value of committing to your personal grants education annually. There will always be enough changes in the financial assistance landscape that if you took Federal Grants Update last year, you should enroll this year.

When designing the 2015 version of the course, we shifted from the Federal Grants Update 2014 focus on the what, to the how, of your organization’s coping with the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) as reality and not theory. For instance, in the 2015 version, you practice updating a policy to help you understand how to structure a game plan on best ways to approach making changes at your organization to comply with new performance measures and procurement requirements.

Of course taking a day to travel, even locally, to a course can be difficult. We know that you are actively applying, reviewing, and monitoring grants every day. That’s why we offer virtual sessions for Federal Grants Update. You get the same level of interaction with your colleagues as in the classroom setting without having to leave your desk.

Here’s a personal point of view from one of our instructors, Rex Porter on the value you receive during each iteration of Federal Grants Update:

“I have come to love instructing a group each year in the Update course. Whether it’s the Instructor-Facilitated Virtual or Live Classroom version, I really appreciate how all the students come ready to be caught up and how the course design keeps everyone accountable, or actively involved. In less than a day I feel good that each student knows what they need to take away to be successful in the coming year!’

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