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  • Writer's pictureJoe Williams

Congratulations on your new award! Now what?

When a nonprofit organization receives a federal grant, it is essential to have a strong grants management system in place. This system will help the organization to track and manage the grant funds, ensure compliance with federal regulations, and report on the progress of the project.

A well-managed grants program can help an organization to achieve its goals and objectives more effectively. It frees program staff to focus on implementing the project. It can even help to build relationships with funders and improve the organization's reputation.

There are a number of steps that an organization can take to implement a strong grants management system. These steps include:

  • Developing a grants management plan. The grants management plan should outline the organization's goals for the grant, the steps that will be taken to achieve those goals, and the resources that will be needed.

  • Establishing a reporting system. The organization should establish a system for reporting on the progress of the project. This reporting should be done in a timely manner and should be accurate and complete.

  • Complying with federal regulations. Nonprofit organizations that receive federal grants are subject to a number of regulations. It is important to understand these regulations and to comply with them.

By taking these steps, nonprofit organizations can improve their chances of success in managing federal grants. This can lead to better outcomes for the organization and the communities it serves, and even potentially future awards as a track record of success is created.

Here are some additional tips for effective grants management:

  • Create a dedicated grants management team. This team should be responsible for all aspects of grants management, including developing and implementing the grants management plan, tracking expenses, reporting on progress, and complying with regulations.

  • Use a grants management software system. A grants management software system can help to automate many of the tasks involved in grants management, such as tracking expenses, generating reports, and communicating with funders.

  • Get help from a grants management consultant. If your organization is new to grants management, or if you need help with a specific aspect of grants management, you may want to consider hiring a grants management consultant. Jallied Consulting brings deep expertise in the management and administration of federal and non-federal awards, and can tailor offerings to meet your organization’s needs.

By following these tips, your grants management processes can support a more effective implementation of your program, can contribute to the ultimate success of your organization.

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