Details

In light of the ongoing novel coronavirus situation, we want you to know that we are still committed to providing training for current registrants on the originally scheduled dates and have moved to an alternate, online delivery method on those dates. The April 7-8, 2020, conference will be online only. The in-person version will be held on October 6-7, 2020, at the original venue. Attendees, please check your email for updates and more details.

Master grants management requirements when you attend the 2020 Western Grants Forum in Portland, Oregon, from October 6-7, 2020.  The curriculum for this annual conference has been updated for 2020 to include an expanded discussion of requirements for grant recipients and subrecipients under the Uniform Grants Guidance (which is popularly known as the “OMB Super Circular).  You will learn about the Super Circular’s administrative requirements, procurement rules, and audit standards.  The 2020 Western Grants Forum will also include a deep dive into the cost principles, including discussions of direct and indirect costs and indirect cost rates.

In addition to covering compliance with key requirements, the Western Grants Forum will tackle program improvement and diversification of funding sources.  By attending this special two-day training, you will learn how to build a better grants management team and improve quality while reducing defects.  You will also learn how to apply social enterprise techniques to diversify your organization’s funding streams.  Make plans to join us in Portland, Oregon, on October 6-7, 2020, and make sure that you are up-to-date with grants requirements.

Topics

By attending the 2020 Western Grants Forum in Portland on October 6-7, 2020, you will learn how to better manage your grants under the Uniform Grants Guidance (a/k/a the “OMB Super Circular).  During the 2020 Western Grants Forum, you will learn about the following important topics:

  • Recent developments in grants management, including the status of updates to the Uniform Grants Guidance (the “OMB Super Circular”);
  • Key administrative requirements under the OMB Super Circular;
  • Procurement standards and best practices under the Uniform Grants Guidance;
  • Single Audit Act audit standards and the Annual Compliance Supplement;
  • Fiscal management and internal control requirements under the OMB Super Circular for recipients and subrecipients;
  • Diversification of funding streams using social enterprise principles;
  • Managing grant-acquired property under the Uniform Grants Guidance;
  • Recordkeeping and access requirements for recipients and subrecipients;
  • Time and effort documentation standards under the Uniform Grants Guidance;
  • Compliance by recipients and subrecipients with the Super Circular’s cost principles;
  • Direct and indirect costs (including indirect cost rates and other recovery methods);
  • Building a high-performing grants team and program staff;
  • Common compliance issues for grantees and subgrantees and how to avoid them; and,
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about the Uniform Grants Guidance (the “OMB Super Circular”).

In addition to discussing these topics and more, the 2020 Western Grants Forum will provide multiple opportunities across both days of the conference for attendees to ask their own, individual questions about recent developments, requirements, and best practices, in grants management.

Audience

Whether you are new to the world of Federal grants or are an experienced member of the grants management community, the 2020 Western Grants Forum will provide useful information and insights to help you fulfill your grants management responsibilities.  There are no prerequisites for attending the 2020 Western Grants Forum.  The experience level for all sessions is overview/update.

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits will be available for attendees of the 2020 Western Grants Forum.  Credits are awarded based on 50 minute hours in accordance with the standards of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).  Up to 14 hours of CPE in the field of Specialized Knowledge (Nonprofits and Government) may be earned for the entire course.  However, please keep in mind that each state’s board ultimately has sole discretion in determining how much (if any) credit to allow.

Objectives

When you attend the 2020 Western Grants Forum in Portland, Oregon, on October 6-7, 2020, you will learn about the major rules that grantees and subrecipients must follow under the Uniform Grants Guidance (the “OMB Super Circular”) as well as recent developments in Federal grants management.  After attending the Western Grants Forum, you will be able to:

  • List recent developments and proposed changes affecting management of Federal grants and subawards;
  • Identify at least three significant compliance challenges for recipients and subrecipients under the Uniform Grants Guidance (the “OMB Super Circular”);
  • Describe the steps in launching a social enterprise venture;
  • List the major administrative and fiscal management requirements under the the OMB Super Circular;
  • Describe the general cost principles under the Uniform Grants Guidance;
  • Identify the selected items of cost included in the OMB Super Circular and the usual treatment of each item;
  • List at least three methods or techniques to implement quality management and reduce defects; and,
  • Describe the standards and best practices for procurement by grant-funded organizations under the Uniform Grants Guidance.

Pricing and Registration Policies

Save with the Early Bird Discount when you register early! Registration for the 2020 Western Grants Forum is just $549 per person through August 14, 2020.  The regular registration rate of $599 per person will apply after September 14, 2020.  Refunds will not be given for cancellations on or after September 14, 2020. Cancellations must be received in writing (including email) before the deadline. A $125 administrative fee applies to any cancellations received after August 14, 2020, but before September 14, 2020.  No refund will be given for registrants who fail to attend, and, absent a timely cancellation before the deadline, failure to attend does not relieve registrants of the obligation to pay the registration fee.  Instead of cancellation, you may substitute another attendee at any time without additional charge. (These terms apply to registrations after March 31, 2020. Registrations on or before March 31, 2020, are governed by the terms in effect at the time of registration.)

Registration in advance is required for the 2020 Western Grants Forum in Portland, Oregon, on October 6-7, 2020.  At-the-door registration will not be available.  Please register as soon as possible as attendance opportunities are limited.  Last year’s event sold out early.