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NGMA’s monthly webinars features presentations from top subject matter experts and thought leaders in the grants management community. Each webinar offers key takeaways, tips and strategies on issues impacting grants management professionals. 

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Plain Writing for Grants Professionals (September 2022)

Presented by Heather Murphy-Capps, Graduate School USA

The Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires federal agencies to communicate with the public in clear, conversational language that the public can “understand and use.” This webinar was designed for members who want to understand and use Plain Writing to increase their effectiveness as federal/non-federal communicators.

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An Overview of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and Its Buy America Requirements (August 2022)
Presented by Suzanne Sumner and Brandon Dobyns, Taft Law

Whis webinar covers some of the key funding provisions in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), including funding that has been allocated to Ohio, as well as the requirements for ensuring compliance with its Build America, Buy America provisions.

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Closeouts are Coming… Be Prepared! (July 2022)
Presented by Alexander Ro, Inga Paredez and Demi Kahede, Guidehouse

We all know compliance and grants go hand-in-hand. Criteria must be met to be eligible for an award, to apply for an award and to report during the award. But did you know there are also closeout requirements: compliance items and award deliverables that must be met even after the award has ended? This session clarifies grantor and recipient closeout activities and provides timelines helping you prepare for closeout throughout the grant.

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Single Audit 101 for Grants Managers - Understanding Audit Terms & How Findings Impact Your Grants Management (June 2022)
Presented by Sarah Hluchan and Tom Devine, Management Concepts
 
When you review your grantees’ single audit during pre-award risk assessment--do you know what you’re looking for? What does ‘unmodified’ opinion mean? Do you need to be concerned about that material weakness? What about those questioned costs? This session decodes the language of the single audit, providing participants with a new understanding of what findings means and where potential risks lie. It also covers how to effectively leverage this knowledge when awarding grants.

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Indirect Cost and Federal Stimulus/Grant Funding: What You Need to Know (May 2022)
Presented by Kimberly Konczak, HdL Companies and Nicolie Lettini, eCivis
 
Maximizing and sustaining revenue is more important now than ever. Fiscal recovery funds and federal grants are a chief source of revenue across the board for state, local, and tribal governments. Agencies spend on average 30-40% of total program cost in indirect cost to support federally funded grant programs. However, much of this indirect cost ends up being subsidized by the general fund. It is critical that agencies understand their true costs in order to support their programs long-term. 

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Key Grant Management Considerations for Recipients of ARPA Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (March 2022)
Presented by Phillip A. Escoriaza, Senior Counsel, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP
 
The Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Fund for States and Local Governments is a $350 Billion program created in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which became law on March 11, 2021. The Department of the Treasury has issued interim regulations, final regulations and comprehensive compliance and reporting guidance for managing this crucial and time-limited fiscal support. In this webinar we will discuss key grant management considerations, eligible uses and requirements in the program’s Final Rule, which becomes effective on April 1, 2022.

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What Grants Managers Need to Know about the Evidence-Based Policy Making Act (February 2022)
Presented by Justin Baer, PhD, Fors Marsh Group
 
In 2018, Congress passed the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (“Evidence Act”) with bipartisan support. The Evidence Act has wide-ranging implications for how agencies collect and analyze data about federal programs, including formula and competitive grant programs. This session will describe the main objectives and goals of the legislation, how it relates to other similar requirements (e.g., GPRA), and what grants managers should expect as agencies fully implement their evidence-building agendas.

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Grant Pro-isms: Catchy, Succinct and Clever Ways to Explain Grants (January 2022)
Presented by Johna Rodgers, GPC, Johna Rodgers Consulting
 
It is a conversation heard around the world: No, we can't pay for something we're already doing. That would be supplanting! Or, No, we shouldn't just ask to fund a position. No one wants to pay for that! Or, Well, yes, we could do that. But we could also light our pants on fire. Your choice! Colleagues, partners and board members must understand grants, but they seldom do. Our work is complicated, yet many of our stakeholders have no clue about the specifics. Wouldn't it be great to have a few simple, clear, even funny ways to help everyone get on the same page? This is this session. Join us as we discuss easy ways to talk through difficult concepts with our friends and supervisors. We call them Grant Pro-Isms, and they include funny and memorable analogies that are simple to understand, ranging from cupcakes to football to mother-of-the-bride dresses. There's something here for everyone!

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