Grants provide critical program funding to local governments, and during times of fiscal constraints, the need to pursue grant funding can become even more critical. In some local governments, grant funding accounts for more than twenty percent of the total fiscal year’s operating budget. So, how do you find a grants management system that helps you pursue grant funding and manage your grant awards?Grants
We chose Shelly as our top people to look out for based on her thought leadership and extensive knowledge in the grant community.
What is your role at NGMA and what do you do?
I am the executive director of the National Grants Management Association (NGMA). With an active membership of over 1,400 members and a very small staff, I work full time along with our membership coordinator, who just went full time this month, and a part-time web/graphic contractor. I am responsible for executing the policies, programs, and initiatives of NGMA.AMA
ECOSYSTEMS BREAK DOWN THE WALL OF TECHNOLOGY
Since the first stone tools were made millions of years ago to create efficiencies in food preparation, humans have been on an unrelenting path of technological innovation. There are two overarching goals of technology: 1) to increase the quality and quantity of our output and 2) to decrease our workload. On the first goal, our success is nothing short of profound. As to the second, well, let’s just say we’re getting there.
We have all heard stories about what life was like way back when—the grandparents who had to walk five miles to school in the snow, the parents who did reports on manual typewriters … yada yada yada.
The rapid pace of technology development brings an increasing array of new solutions for every process and activity government employees engage in. While each new solution touts significant ROI from increased revenues, decreased costs, and improved efficiency, those goals rarely result in quantifiable outcomes. Somewhere in the grey area between launching a new technology and successfully integrating it into your organization lies a graveyard of failed technology implementations.
As a new partner to the ICMA, this was our first conference and our first visit to Kansas City. What an amazing trip we had! During the conference, we introduced our members to CostTree by way of our virtual, co-branded environment with eCivis. The environment was the size of about four cars, with snowflakes falling among six-foot-tall trees, and it all fit in a 10 x 10 booth. We even built a bridge onsite for members to walk out onto and to explore the city around them.ICMA
Having never been to the Inland North West before, stepping out of the airport and looking up at the vast blue sky full of splattered brushstroke clouds was breathtaking. I think Bob Ross may have painted the landscape that day. Spokane is a gorgeous city.
But that’s enough painting allusions; it’s time for some Star Wars references because, as you may or may not know, Star Wars was the theme of this year’s WFOA.
WFOA was basically the opposite of Mos Eisley. You will never find a more welcoming hive of pleasantry and hospitality (okay enough of that).WFOA
In this issue, we will go over the conversion of a full cost allocation plan to an OMB (Office of Management and Budget) 2 CFR Part 200 compliant cost allocation plan. To understand the process and reason for converting a full cost plan to an OMB plan, we must first understand the differences and uses of the two.
A Full Cost Allocation Plan:
As you probably know, the 2 CFR Part 200, or the Uniform Guidance, contains the federal regulations dictating what costs can and cannot be charged to federal- or state- funded programs. According to the Guidance, costs must meet five criteria: