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Thompson’s on-site grants training includes the six training sessions below, spaced over two days. Each session is two hours which allows for expert instruction, group exercises and Q&A. CPE and GPCI continuing education credits are available upon request.

Session 1: Introduction to Grants

  • Gain an overview of federal grants
  • Develop an understanding of the grants life cycle
  • Review common problem areas and potential solutions through eight key processes that increase effective grants administration throughout the grant lifecycle

Session 2: Key Federal Legislative Authorities and OMB Guidelines

  • Develop an understanding of federal administrative requirements and basic financial compliance requirements that promote standardization and accountability
  • Explore current and upcoming developments in the federal arena that impact grants

Session 3: Program Performance:

  • Focus on three federal priorities and seven selection criteria that impact program performance, sub-recipient review and sub-award selection.
  • Understand the perspectives of the granting agency and the recipient agency, using the selection criteria as a basis for program performance.

Session 4: Financial Performance

  • Explore the next steps towards increasing efficiency and effectiveness in managing grants and grant-funded programs.
  • Review questions about allowable and unallowable costs, as well as matching and in-kind costs.
  • Delve into common issues that arise when plans change, and how to best address change through the amendment process.
  • Increase awareness about the importance of the close-out process as part of effective financial performance.

Session 5: Subrecipient Performance

  • Identify the similarities and differences between a subaward or assistance agreement versus an acquisitions or contract agreement
  • Select an appropriate award instrument (subaward or contract)
  • Learn to establish a monitoring plan and conduct site visits to improve subrecipient or contractor performance and increase accountability.

Session 6: Audit and Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

  • Explore common issues that impact accountability and how to prepare for a grants audit
  • Help your sub-recipients understand both sides of the audit process
  • Improve accountability by recognizing and addressing fraud, waste, and abuse
With a federal agency? Ask us about our nine-session federal training program.

You may be able to charge the cost of your Thompson Training to your federal grant(s).

For state agencies and other nonfederal entities, under the cost principles of the uniform guidance, there are allowable items of cost for subscriptions (§200.454.(b) and professional development (§200.472). Please check with your program director, finance officer or granting agency to ensure there is no restriction in the approved grant budget or the award documents. For federal agencies, there may be a special spending authority for the 1102 or 1109 position series that may apply, or an appropriation that would cover the costs of the onsite training. No travel would be required for federal agency personnel.