Not All Training Has Gone With the Wind

October 15, 2013 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

conference-room-with-tv-1419673-mIn one of the more memorable scenes in the classic movie “Gone With The Wind,” a determined Scarlett O’Hara dramatically holds her fist in the air and declares “As God is my witness, I shall never be hungry again.” Such determination is admirable, considering the South was soon to lose the Civil War, disrupting her entire way of life. The current government shutdown, in its own way, has created its own share of disruptions.

For example, the National Grants Management Association had originally scheduled its monthly training session tomorrow, but had to postpone the event because of the shutdown. Other training opportunities that involved federal government officials also have been put on hold thanks to the shutdown.

However, Thompson can say that grants stakeholders “shall never be hungry” for training. We are offering a pair of webinars in the next few weeks that can prove beneficial to them.

On Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. Eastern time, we offer a webinar entitled, “Common Grant Applications: An Approach to Foundation Grantmakers.” Members of the foundation grantmaking community have standardized private grant applications through a Common Grant Application format. Participants will learn about the benefits and challenges when using a Common Grant Application format to respond to a solicitation, gain insight into corporate and foundation grantmaking, and acquire practical writing and proposal preparation tips for success with private corporate and foundation opportunities. The speaker will be Glenda J. O’Neal, M.A., a consultant specializing in grant writing in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area.

Then on Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. Eastern time, Thompson will host a webinar entitled, “When the Auditor Comes Knocking: How to Prepare for a Grant Audit or Performance Review.” In this 90-minute webinar, Brustein and Manasevit, PLLC Founding Partner Leigh Manasevit will provide step-by-step guidance on the critical actions a grant recipient should take before, during and after a visit from an auditor or program monitor. The webinar will include a discussion of the major reference documents that are integral to the process, including some potential changes that could be implemented by soon-to-be released guidance from the Office of Management and Budget.

Go to Thompson Interactive to find out more about attending these webinars.

In addition, subscribers to Thompson’s online Federal Grants Compliance Expert site can now view a training session on “The New A-133 Compliance Supplement and its Impact on Grant Audits,” led by grants law expert Steven Spillan, Esq. The webinar specifically focuses on compliance supplement changes this year involving Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility, waivers of major portions of the ESEA law offered to some states by the U.S. Department of Education. Discover how these changes could affect single audits and any subsequent program monitoring. The webinar includes specifics regarding programmatic changes in the education portion of the supplement.

Also, because of the government shutdown, many agencies do not have staff to answer questions grantees may have about their awards. Remember that we at Thompson have an “Ask the Editor” feature for our subscribers to help with general grants questions. Unlike Rhett, we do give a da** about our readers.

Let us know what type of training you would like to attend. We want to be there for you.


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