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What is Grant Management?

Updated: Dec 20, 2022

Introduction

Grant management is the process of ensuring that funding from a grant-making organization is used appropriately and efficiently.



Grant management is the process of administering and monitoring funding from a grant-making organization.

Grant management is the process of administering and monitoring funding from a grant-making organization. It also refers to managing a grant from its inception to its completion.


Grants management involves ensuring compliance with all requirements for the receipt and use of funds.

Grants management involves ensuring compliance with all requirements for the receipt and use of funds. The grant manager is responsible for ensuring that funds are spent in an appropriate, effective and efficient manner. Grant managers must also ensure that funds are used for the purpose intended by the donor and that they do not exceed their scope.


The goal is to create a system that ensures that funds are spent in an appropriate, effective and efficient manner.

The goal is to create a system that ensures that funds are spent in an appropriate, effective and efficient manner. This includes:

  • Preventing fraud and waste

  • Ensuring compliance with all requirements for the receipt and use of funds

  • Ensuring that funds are spent in an appropriate, effective and efficient manner

  • Ensuring that funds are spent in accordance with the terms and conditions of the grant agreement


A comprehensive approach to grants administration consists of two distinct but interrelated processes: Pre-award and post-award.

A comprehensive approach to grants administration consists of two distinct but interrelated processes: Pre-award and post-award.

Pre-award activities are done before the grant is awarded, while post-award activities are performed once the award has been made.


Pre-Award

Pre-Award

Before you can begin the grant management process, you must first identify funding opportunities. This includes researching government and non-profit organizations to determine which will be useful for your research. You should also look into specific grants that may be available through these organizations. While there are many different types of grants available for research purposes, some common options include:

  • Federal funds from agencies such as NSF or NIH

  • State funds from individual states or regional entities (like the US Department of Agriculture)

  • Private donor funds from individuals or corporations

Post-Award

You know you've done a good job when you see your grantee's name in print. But even after the project has been completed, there are still some important steps to ensure that grants are being used appropriately and that the money is being put to its best use.

The first step is monitoring and reporting. This involves keeping tabs on how funds have been spent, monitoring expenditures against budget projections, and collecting data on all aspects of the program—from enrollment numbers to attendance rates.



Auditing is another key comp


onent of post-award work; it's often required by law before funds can be dispersed from a grant award, although auditors may also conduct additional audits throughout the life of a project (which helps eliminate fraud). Auditing serves several key purposes: it provides accountability for how money was spent; it ensures that everything went according to plan; it highlights areas where things did go wrong so they can be corrected moving forward; and it gives funders peace of mind knowing their money is being used effectively and appropriately.


Accountability comes into play here as well; if something goes wrong with an audit report or audit findings aren't satisfactorily addressed by those responsible for managing them, this could lead directly back up through grants management channels until someone takes responsibility at higher levels within an organization—and maybe even beyond that point! This can result in budget cuts or other sanctions if provable wrongdoing occurs during any phase between awarding grants through dispersing funds received under those awards."



Grant management can help organizations fulfill their missions.

Grant management can help organizations fulfill their missions. It helps them manage funds, plan for the future, stay compliant with regulations, stay organized and efficient and effective.


Conclusion

Grant management is a comprehensive and systematic approach to the administration of grants that provides organizations with a tool for effective and efficient use of resources. It allows you to see what areas need improvement and how you can improve them.



For more information about putting this information to work at your organization contact Bryan at (203) 954-5121 or bryan@tangibleconsult.com.


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