Grants Officials Should Plan Ahead Before Taking Those Summer Breaks

July 28, 2014 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

manly-beach--1444579-mI don’t know about you but around this time of year, the noise level around our office tend to drop a little due to the summer vacation season. With several people out of the office each week until Labor Day, there’s not as much hustle and bustle as you would normally get when everyone is here. Frankly, I tend to work better in a quieter office, so I kind of look forward to seeing folks head out for a while during July and August.

Last year, I wrote a post providing some advice for those in the grants field on how to prepare for the summer vacation season. Always a proponent of good advice, I’m putting it out there again for those who missed it.

If you’re heading out anytime soon, remember to think ahead. If you are planning to submit a grant proposal, make sure that you’ve gotten all your prep work done before heading out so that you don’t miss anything while you are gone. If you manage a grant program, ensure that controls are in place so that the program runs smoothly while you are away. If you pass funds down to a subrecipient organization, make sure someone knowledgeable with your program can be contacted by the subrecipient should a question arise. Don’t let the week you’re gone be the one time that there is an emergency and no one knows what to do.

And as I continue to say in many of these posts, read the new OMB uniform grant guidance. The guidance becomes effective Dec. 26, so time is quickly dwindling away. If you need some good beach reading that will help you get ready for managing your grant down the road, carry the guidance with you and read about the new procurement requirements or single audit requirements while you listen to the waves crashing along the shore in the background. Peaceful and educational at the same time! A win-win!

Most of all, enjoy your summer vacations! This year’s been stressful enough trying to prepare for the new guidance. A few days off will always be welcomed.

Let us know how we can serve you during the summer. We’re here to provide you with the grants information you need.

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