Federal Grant Summit 2019 in Denver

  • Start: October 1, 2019 8:00 am
  • End: October 2, 2019 4:30 pm

Learn how to better manage your grants under the OMB’s Uniform Guidance (a.k.a. the OMB Super Circular) while staying up-to-date with the latest grants management requirements and developments when you attend the Federal Grant Summit in Denver, Colorado, on October 1-2, 2020.

Ensure that you are in compliance with current grant rules and avoid common problems by attending the Federal Grant Summit in Denver.  During this special two-day training, you will learn about the key requirements of the Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Grants Guidance while keeping up-to-date with developments in grants management.  Compliance with the Uniform Guidance (commonly called the OMB Super Circular, Omnicircular, or simply the UGG), is not the only challenge facing grant-funded organizations, though.  The Federal Grant Summit will also explain recent legislation and court cases affecting the grant-funded community as well as taking an in-depth look at governance issues for grants programs.  Register today, and then join us in Denver on October 1 and 2, 2020, to learn how to better manage your grants.




The Federal Grant Summit is for all types of grant recipients, subrecipients, and pass-through entities–whether nonprofits, colleges or universities, hospitals, tribal organizations, or units of government.  During this exclusive two-day conference, you will learn about the Uniform Grants Guidance and Federal implementing regulations in detail.  The topics that you will explore include:

  • Recent changes to the OMB Uniform Grants Guidance (a.k.a. the OMB Super Circular);
  • Administrative requirements under the Uniform Guidance;
  • Procurement standards;
  • Fiscal management requirements and internal controls under the Super Circular;
  • Records retention and access rules;
  • Grant closeout procedures;
  • Enforcement actions and funding source remedies;
  • Unified cost principles under the Super Circular;
  • Indirect and direct cost rules;
  • Special treatment of specific items of cost;
  • Legislative developments affecting grant-funded programs;
  • Recent court decisions of interest;
  • Governance challenges for grant-funded organizations;
  • Single Audit Act (formerly Circular A-133) audit requirements;
  • Changes to the annual Audit Compliance Supplement for 2019;
  • Common compliance problems under the Uniform Grants Guidance and how to avoid them; and,
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about the Super Circular.

The conference will discuss these topics and more to provide you with the information necessary to comply with key grant requirements and to stay up-to-date with current developments in grants management.  You will also have multiple opportunities during both days to ask and get answers to your questions about the Super Circular and grants management.


The Federal Grant Summit 2019 is scheduled for two days.  The planned agenda for each day is as follows:

Day One (Tuesday, October 1, 2019)

8:00 A.M. – On-site Conference Check-in (and Breakfast)
8:30 A.M. – Grants Management: Legal and Regulatory Principles
10:15 A.M. – Morning Break
10:30 A.M. – Understanding the OMB’s Uniform Grants Guidance
12:00 P.M. – Lunch Break (On Your Own)
1:30 P.M. – Understanding the OMB’s Uniform Grants Guidance (continued)
3:00 P.M. – Afternoon Break
3:15 P.M. – Understanding the OMB’s Uniform Grants Guidance (continued)
4:30 P.M. – Adjourn (Day One)

Day Two (Wednesday, October 2, 2019)

8:00 A.M. – On-site Conference Check-in (and Breakfast)
8:30 A.M. – Governance: The Invisible Yellow Line
10:15 A.M. – Morning Break
10:30 A.M. – Governance: The Invisible Yellow Line (continued)
12:00 P.M. – Lunch Break (On Your Own)
1:30 P.M. – Recent Developments and Hot Topics in Grants Management
3:00 P.M. – Afternoon Break
3:15 P.M. – Audits and the 2019 Compliance Supplement
4:30 P.M. – Adjourn (Summit)


By attending this two-day Federal Grant Summit 2019 in Denver, you will learn about the major requirements of the OMB Super Circular and recent developments in grants management.  After attending the conference, you will be able to:

  • Explain the grants management framework put in place by the OMB Uniform Guidance (Super Circular) and the Federal awarding agencies’ implementing regulations;
  • List the major administrative requirements under the Uniform Guidance;
  • Outline the requirements for procurement of goods and services using grant funds;
  • Describe governance challenges for grant-funded organizations;
  • Outline recent legislation and court decisions affecting grant-funded organizations;
  • Identify the unified cost principles and explain the key differences between the current cost principles and the previous cost principles; and,
  • Identify changes to Single Audit Act audits and the 2019 Compliance Supplement.


Both emerging and seasoned professionals of varying specialties within the grant-funded community will benefit from attending the Federal Grant Summit 2019.  The experience level for this training is overview/update. There are no prerequisites for attendance.


R. Brian Tipton is a practicing attorney with more than two decades' worth of experience working with nonprofits, governmental units, and other grant-funded organizations across the United States.  Currently, Brian is Managing Director with The Private Client Law Group, P.C., in Atlanta, where he heads the firm's tax-exempt and grant-funded solutions practice.  He is a summa cum laude graduate of the Louisiana State University and the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University.  Brian regularly represents grant-funded entities of all types in the areas of regulatory compliance, audits, funding source disputes, administrative appeals, and litigation.  Brian also consults with organizations on governance, human resources, programmatic, and corporate matters, and develops and presents training programs for nonprofits and grant-funded organizations.

Jean Block is a nationally recognized consultant and trainer on nonprofit management, board development, FUNdraising and social enterprise.  She is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has held leadership roles as both board and staff in local, regional, and national nonprofits.  Jean has written several books on nonprofits, including “The Nonprofit Guide to Social Enterprise: Show Me The (Unrestricted) Money!”; “180+ Great Ideas to Raise More Money”; and others.  Visit her websites at jblockinc.com and socialenterpriseventures.com to learn more and sign up for her free e-newsletters.


The Federal Grant Summit 2019 will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown, conveniently located in the heart of downtown Denver near dining and the city’s major attractions.  Rooms are available for a special discounted conference rate equal to the government per diem of $181 per night (plus tax) for single or double occupancy.  The special rate is available for September 30 through October 3, 2019, and may be offered for additional nights subject to hotel availability.  Hotel reservations can be made by calling 1-855-215-1283.  Please ask for the special group rate for the “Graham Private Client Law Group” or the “TPCLG – Federal Grant Summit” to receive the discounted rate.  Reservations can also be made online by clicking on this link to the hotel’s group reservations page.  The room reservation cut-off date is September 2, 2019 (or until the block is exhausted).  Because of the small number of rooms available, we advise making your reservations as soon as possible.


Registration Details


$499 / Early Bird
(By September 2)


$549 / Regular
(After September 2)