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Indian Country's Grants Management Summit

Date: December 13 - 14, 2017
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Hotel: Tropicana Las Vegas (3801 Las Vegas Blvd. South)
  For a room rate of $65, please book your room by November 22, 2017. Please click here to make your reservation.
Tuition:   $779

Join us for this exciting, information-packed summit, where we’ll explore the hottest topics in tribal grants management and answer all of today’s toughest questions on the financial administration of grants. Learn what President Trump’s budget means for tribal grants managers, how you can identify and minimize emerging risks in an environment with increased pre-award and post-award risk to recipients, why the Federal Government will stop accepting PDF grant applications on December 31st, and how to use the new “Workspace” interface.

You’ve probably noticed that program reporting is gradually becoming more complex as the focus on performance increases. Our expert instructors will provide you with strategies for effectively tracking outcomes and reporting results to help make sure your funding is renewed. Plus we’ll share crucial tips and tricks on how to secure funding in the first place, including a demonstration of how to use Streamlink Grants Research Portal to find federal, state, corporate and foundation grants. And we’ll make sure you know how to create a comprehensive, big-picture grants policy before you decide what grants to apply for and accept, so that you’re sure the work you’re doing is supporting your tribe’s mission and goals.

Day two will focus on financial aspects of tribal grants management, including key considerations for preparing a comprehensive and attainable budget and monitoring budget revisions, what you need to do to effectively administer direct and indirect costs, how to detect and prevent fraud, waste and abuse, and what steps you need to take to ensure your organization or program is audit-ready. We’ll also show you ways you can use Abila MIP and/or Microix to make budgeting, timekeeping, and procurement less complicated and ensure you’re in compliance and audit-ready.

Make sure your tribe is getting—and keeping—all the funding it’s entitled to. Register today!

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E

Promoting Your Tribe’s Vision through an Effective Grants Policy

  • Creating a big-picture grants policy that steers the grant function
  • Essential components:
    • Grants identification and application
    • Strategic alignment
    • Funding analysis
    • Evaluation prior to renewal or grant continuation
    • Administrative and operational support

Grants Funding

  • Secrets to locating federal, state, corporate and foundation grants
  • How to use Streamlink Grants Research Portal
  • Keys to reading and understanding the grant agreement

Tracking Outcomes and Reporting Results

  • Identifying outcomes and developing performance indicators
  • Creating and implementing a data collection plan
  • Analyzing the data
  • Communicating the results
  • Addressing performance effectively:
    • What goes in reports?
    • Must-have
    • Nice to have
    • Do not include
    • Meeting obligations to grantors and getting buy-in from the community
  • Demo of software solutions for tracking efforts and documenting outcomes

Trends and Current Events in Grants Management

  • How to apply for grants using the federal government’s “Workspace”
  • What Trump’s budget means for grants managers
  • Increased pre-award and post-award risk to recipients:
    • Identifying and minimizing emerging risks

Budgeting Issues

  • Key considerations for preparing a comprehensive and attainable budget
  • Monitoring budget revisions
  • Common errors to avoid
  • Making realistic forecasts of expenses
  • Review of Abila MIP and Microix budget systems with budget workflow controls

Direct and Indirect Cost Administration

  • Difference between direct and indirect costs
  • Differences between P.L. 93-638 Contracts and Circular grants
  • CSC vs IDC vs DCSC
  • Self-Governance vs. Self-Determination
  • Finding the hidden costs of grants
  • Essentials of a good indirect cost policy
  • Managing indirect costs
  • Understanding the indirect cost rate
  • How to tell if your program is being charged fairly

Preventing Waste, Fraud and Abuse

  • Are your procurement policies sound?:
    • Overview of 2 CFR 200.318, General Procurement Standards
    • Review of Microix E-Req Procurement System (with workflow approvals and business rules)
  • Time and effort reporting:
    • Overview of 2 CFR 200.430
    • Implementing controls to ensure that time is charged to grants appropriately
    • Abila MIP and Microix timekeeping and fraud prevention features
  • Handy internal control questionnaire for your organization

Understanding and Preparing for Audits

  • Opinions
  • Single audit
  • Sanctions
  • Are you really audit-ready?:
    • Reducing fees: Make sure you’re not paying more for audits than you should!
    • Pre-audit work
    • Reading the audit report
  • Demonstration of Abila MIP audit reports and audit trail features

Q & A

  • Get a chance to ask our experts any questions you have

*Topics subject to change.

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