- Start: September 29, 2021 2:00 pm
- End: November 10, 2021 4:00 pm
Learn the fundamentals of managing Federal grants and subawards under the Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Grants Guidance during this special, six-part webinar series from September 29 to November 10, 2021.
Our “Uniform Grants Guidance Fundamentals Webinar Series” features six of our most popular and requested grants management topics. By participating in our Fall 2021 webinar series, you will learn about the major requirements under the OMB’s Uniform Grants Guidance (also called the “OMB Super Circular”), which contains the basic rules for administering Federal grants. The series will open with an explanation of recent changes to the Uniform Guidance and what they mean for grant-funded organizations. Additional webinars will discuss administrative requirements, funding source remedies and grantee rights, and procurement standards. The series will conclude with sessions examining the Uniform Guidance’s general cost principles and specific items of cost. Make sure that you understand these important grant requirements and avoid common grants management mistakes by registering for this special series.
The “Uniform Grants Guidance Fundamentals Webinar Series” will explore a new topic at 2:00 P.M. Eastern Time on select Wednesdays from September 29 through November 10, 2021. However, registration opportunities are strictly limited to maximize each attendee’s ability to participate in the question-and-answer sessions during each live event. Your paid registration also includes access to a recorded, on-demand version of each webinar as a free bonus. Sign-up today for the entire series to learn about the rules for managing grants and subawards under the OMB’s Uniform Guidance.
During this six-part webinar series, you will learn about the most important requirements found in the OMB’s Uniform Grants Guidance. These are the key rules and expectations that you must know to effectively manage Federal awards and subawards. Each session in the series will feature a different topic. The “Uniform Grants Guidance Fundamentals Webinar Series” will cover the following:
- Changes to the OMB’s Uniform Grants Guidance;
- Basic administrative requirements in the Uniform Guidance;
- Procurement standards for grant-funded organizations;
- Rules for managing grant-funded property;
- Grant documentation and record retention best practices;
- Funding source remedies and enforcement actions;
- Application of the general cost principles;
- Indirect cost recovery and indirect cost rates;
- Allowable and unallowable costs for grantees and subrecipients; and,
- Answers to frequently asked questions about the Uniform Guidance.
Our Fall 2021 webinar series will explain these important areas of grants management and more. All webinars also include a question-and-answer period for you to get answers to your individual Uniform Guidance questions.
Join us for the six-part “Uniform Grants Guidance Fundamentals Webinar Series” on select Wednesdays from September 29 to November 10, 2021. All webinars starts at 2:00 P.M. Eastern Time (1:00 P.M. Central Time, 12:00 noon Mountain Time, and 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time). Each webinar will be approximately two hours long, including a question-and-answer period. In addition to the live event, all paid registrants will also receive free access to an on-demand recording for 30 days following each webinar.
The Office of Management and Budget's Uniform Grants Guidance provides the basic rules for managing Federal grants and subawards. Noncompliance with the Uniform Guidance (also known as the "OMB Super Circular") can have serious, adverse consequences for grant-funded organizations as well as individual grants management professionals. These important rules have changed. During this webinar, you will learn about the OMB's revisions to the Uniform Guidance.
You will explore the following topics as part of this webinar:
- Timeline of Uniform Grants Guidance revisions;
- Significant changes to the Uniform Guidance;
- Effective dates for Super Circular revisions;
- Changes to related OMB rules for grants and agreements; and,
- Answers to frequently asked questions about the revised Uniform Guidance.
By participating in this webinar, you will learn about the updates to the Uniform Grants Guidance to help you ensure that your grant-funded programs stay in compliance with Federal requirements.
The rules and restrictions placed on grant-funded organizations under the Uniform Grants Guidance (also called the "OMB Super Circular") can be confusing and difficult to apply. This two-hour webinar will clear up the confusion and explain how to implement the Uniform Guidance's administrative requirements. You will learn about the major post-award compliance areas for grant-funded organizations. The webinar will explain these important requirements in detail, so that you can efficiently manage your grant-funded programs and avoid common problems.
Topics that you will learn about during the administrative requirements webinar include:
- Recent changes to administrative requirements;
- Rules for fiscal management systems;
- Internal control requirements for grantees;
- Standards for managing grant-funded property;
- Recordkeeping standards for Federal grants;
- Requirements for closeouts and post-closeout adjustments; and,
- Answers to frequently asked questions about administrative requirements.
By participating, you will learn about these and other important rules for managing Federal grants and subawards. You will also have the opportunity to ask your individual questions during the two-hour webinar.
What happens when grant-funded entities fail to follow the Uniform Grants Guidance or other requirements? Funding sources have at their disposal a number of potential remedies (or enforcement actions) under the Uniform Guidance to address noncompliance. However, grantees and subrecipients facing enforcement actions also have rights. This webinar will cover both. After attending, you will have a better understanding of grantor remedies and grantee rights and how the relationship between the two could affect your organization.
Topics that you will learn about during this webinar include:
- Recent changes to funding source remedies;
- Basic types of remedies and enforcement actions;
- Rights of grantees and subrecipients;
- Administrative appeals of enforcement actions;
- Judicial challenges to funding source remedies;
- Application of the Administrative Procedure Act; and,
- Frequently asked questions about enforcement actions.
When you participate in this two-hour webinar, you will learn about potential remedies and enforcement actions under the Uniform Guidance and how to avoid them. In addition, will have opportunities to ask your individual questions about funding source remedies and grantee rights.
Learn the right way to purchase goods and services with grant funds. Procurement is one of the most complex and important areas under the Uniform Grants Guidance (also known as the "OMB Super Circular"). Failure to follow the procurement rules can result in costly disallowances and even loss of grant funding. Therefore, grantees and subrecipients need to understand these key requirements. This two-hour webinar will explain the major Uniform Guidance procurement rules while also highlighting changes to the procurement standards.
Topics that will be discussed during the procurement standards webinar include:
- Changes affecting procurement with grant funds;
- Acceptable procurement methods;
- Required and prohibited terms and conditions;
- Permissible types of contracts (procurement instruments);
- Conflict of interest requirements;
- Affirmative action provisions;
- Differences between procurement and subrecipient relationships; and,
- Evaluating and documenting procurement transactions.
During the webinar, you will learn about these and other important requirements to allow you to better manage the procurement process, whether as a direct grantee or a subrecipient. Not only will you learn about the rules for procurement under the Uniform Grants Guidance, you will also have the opportunity to get answers to your individual purchasing questions as part of the two-hour webinar.
In creating the Uniform Grants Guidance (also known as the "OMB Super Circular"), the Office of Management and Budget sought more consistent treatment of costs while also limiting allowability for certain items. Although the Super Circular's cost principles reflect these simple goals, the cost principles themselves are far from simple. Understanding these rules, though, is vital to successfully managing grant awards and avoiding questioned costs. This two-hour webinar will explain the major concepts and general rules underlying the Super Circular's cost principles and how they affect grant-funded entities.
During the webinar, you will explore the fundamental requirements of the Uniform Guidance's cost principles, including:
- Recent changes to the Uniform Guidance cost principles;
- General cost allowability rules;
- Direct cost basics;
- Indirect cost recovery (including the de minimis indirect cost rate);
- Differences between applicable credits and program income;
- Cost principles and "fixed amount awards";
- Prior approval requirements and exceptions; and,
- Avoiding common mistakes with cost principles.
These are just some of the areas that you will learn about when you participate in this two-hour webinar. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to ask your own questions about the Uniform Guidance's cost principles.
(Note: Treatment of selected items of cost under the Uniform Grants Guidance will be covered in a separate, companion webinar.)
"Can we charge that to our grant?" The cost principles in the Uniform Grants Guidance (also known as the "OMB Super Circular") try to answer that question for over fifty specific items, but the answer is not always what you might expect. Numerous exceptions and prior approval requirements in the Uniform Guidance can create confusion and make clear answers difficult. Compliance with grants management requirements, though, means getting the answer right every time. By participating in this two-hour webinar, you will learn how to correctly answer allowability questions for selected items of cost under the cost principles.
Just some of the selected items of cost that you will learn about during this webinar include:
- Compensation and benefits;
- Advertising and public relations;
- Equipment and other capital expenditures;
- Bad debts and improper payments;
- Insurance premiums and losses;
- Legal fees;
- Lobbying expenses;
- Contingencies and idle capacity;
- Audit costs;
- Consultants and other professional services;
- Conference expenses;
- Rental costs;
- Employ health and welfare costs;
- Travel expenses;
- Entertainment; and,
You will learn how to apply the rules for these and close to three dozen other selected items of cost when you take part in this in-depth exploration of the Uniform Guidance's cost principles. You will also have the opportunity to ask and get answers to your individual cost questions during this two-hour webinar's extended question and answer session.
(Note: The general cost principles under the Uniform Grants Guidance will be covered in a separate, companion webinar.)
When you attend the “Uniform Grants Guidance Fundamentals Webinar Series,” you will learn about the major rules that both grantees and subrecipients must follow under the Uniform Grants Guidance. You will also learn about current developments and recent changes affecting grants management requirements. After participating in the webinar series, you will be able to:
- List recent revisions to the Uniform Grants Guidance;
- Outline the major sections of the Uniform Guidance;
- Describe the revised procurement standards under the Uniform Guidance;
- Outline the property management requirements for major property categories;
- Distinguish between different funding source remedies;
- List the recordkeeping requirements for Federal grants;
- Describe the elements of an acceptable time and effort reporting system;
- List the general cost principles under the Uniform Guidance;
- Identify specific items of cost and their allowability; and,
- Identify the current Single Audit threshold.
This webinar series is intended for all grants management professionals (whether affiliated with a grantee, pass-through entity, or subrecipient). As either a new or an experienced member of the grant-funded community, you will receive timely and detailed information to help meet your grants management duties.
Each webinar in this series is recommended for 2 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit in the field of specialized knowledge. Credit is available only for the live event. Attendees will need to actively participate by answering at least 8 of 10 questions during the webinar to receive credit. The experience level for all webinars in the series is overview. There are no prerequisites for attendance, and no advance preparation is required.
R. Brian Tipton is a practicing attorney who has over two decades of experience representing nonprofits, governmental units, and other grant-funded organizations across the United States. Currently, Brian is Managing Director with Kirk Private Client Law, LLC, 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 concerning governance, human resources, programmatic, and corporate matters, and develops and presents training programs for nonprofits and grant-funded organizations.