Tribal Grants Management Certification Program

Successful completion of this in-depth, five-day certification program demonstrates that you’re equipped with the tools needed for successful implementation of grant programs. You’ll learn everything you would in our “Introduction to Tribal Grants Management” class, plus you’ll receive more granular training on project management, evaluation and goal setting, strategic planning and regulation analysis. You’ll also build and strengthen your understanding of fiscal aspects of grants management, including understanding the Common Rules; navigating audits; knowing when expenditures and activities are allowable and can be allocated; and understanding whether costs are reasonable under A-87.

By passing our online qualifying exam, you'll demonstrate you have the knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective grants manager.

Perfect for grant writers, tribal finance officers, grant coordinators and contract administrators.


Grants Management Fundamentals
  • Definition of Grants Management
  • Types of grants:
    • Grant
    • Cooperation agreement
    • Contract - discretionary or formula
  • The Seven Core Competencies of Grants Management
  • Understanding federal requirements in regulation
  • Translating a proposal into a program plan and using it
  • Managing budgets and finances
  • Using management systems
  • Keeping records and documenting progress
  • Addressing weaknesses
Glossary of Terms
  • Common definitions
  • Terms you will commonly find with Grants Management
Project Management
  • Monitoring plan development
  • Performance measures
  • Performance-based budgeting
  • Strategic implementation planning
  • Logic models and GANTT charts
  • Monitoring and avoiding scope creep
  • Avoiding fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement
  • Cognizant federal regulations
  • Project evaluation
  • Planning
  • Managing risk
  Professional Ethics
  • Code of ethics and professional conduct
  • OMB circulars, reports, budgets and closeout
  • Budgets and costs
  • OMB Circulars (A-87, A-102 and A-133):
    • Latest updates on OMB's proposed reforms
    • What OMB's uniform policy guide will look like
  • Audits (internal and external)
  • Reports (interim program and SF-425)
  • Grant monitoring techniques and job tools
  • Prior approvals
  • Reviewing progress reports and providing feedback
  • Conducting programmatic site visits
  • Avoiding high risk designation
  • Enforcing award terms and conditions
  • Closeout checklists
Required Reports
  • Performance and progress reports
  • Property reports
  • Financial reports
Role of Strategic Planning
  • Applying for funds that match your mission and goals
  • Relating this to funding sources
  • Providing a summary of your strategic plan
  • Staying focused throughout the process
Matching Share Issues
  • Types of match:
    • Soft
    • Hard
  • Defining and documenting in-kind contributions
  • Not using the Federal Funds Rule
  • Right to use funds under P.L. 93-638 awards
  • Tips on how to record hard match
  • Is IDC a match?
Funding Issues
  • Program income and how it's handled:
    • Additive
    • Deductive
    • Match
  • Carryover:
    • 120-day rule
    • Extending period of performance
    • When you must turn back
  • Indirect Cost:
    • Know your rate
    • Know your base
    • Will the grant allow indirect cost changes?
    • If not, what is the cost to your organization?
    • Why some grants do not pay


Become certified by completing these simple steps:

1. Register for the Tribal Grants Management Certification Program.

2. Attend the class.

3. Successfully complete an online assessment within 7 days of finishing the Tribal Grants Management Certification Program to confirm your tribal grants management knowledge.

The Tribal Grants Management Certification Program can also be delivered as an Onsite Program. This onsite program can be delivered for organizations seeking to certify at least seven participants. To discuss onsite training opportunities, please call Falmouth at 800-992-4489, ext. 119.

*Testing accommodations are available to those with a documented disability. Please contact Basla Andolsun at 1-800-992-4489 or basla.andolsun@falmouthinstitute.com to discuss your particular situation. You must request accommodations when you register for the Certification Program for accommodations to be guaranteed.

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