The American Association of Grant Professionals, National Grants Partnership and several other organizations are addressing one of the critical issues today in grant administration. The majority of municipal governments and local non-profits are having a difficult time, or not participating at all, in the distribution of funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) as a result of increased reporting and management requirements to achieve transparency and accountability. This translates into a large number of service providers not being able to assist in the economic recovery through the provision of goods and services that they have traditionally administered for millions of children, families, and communities.
The Streamlining Grants Management Pilot Project will develop a set of methods and procedures that will enable local governments and nonprofits to gather information in a systematic way, file reports with all requisite agencies, and manage procurement and record keeping in a manner consistent with the requirements of established accounting rules and federal reporting standards.
To reduce the administrative burden associated with grant funds by developing a system that incorporates project management tools, automated checks and balances, and “standardization” of the following to enable local governments and non-profits to effectively manage the increased demands of today’s grants administrators:
Terms and Definitions
Systems (Software and Hardware)
Labor Rules (i.e.
Principal Sponsor: National Grants Partnership (NGP)
Lead National Organization: American Association of Grant Professionals (AAGP)
Project Director: Jesse Buggs, President, AAGP National Capital Area Chapter, and Director, Office of Grant Development & Administration,
Project Participants: City of Bowie (City Manager’s Office/Grants Office), MD; MD Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD); United Communities Against Poverty (UCAP) of Prince George’s County, Maryland
Systems Development Partners: Streamlink, Blackbaud, SAGE, Accenture
Project Advisors: Eric Brenner, Director, MD Governor’s Grants Office; Cornelia Chebinou, Director, Washington Office of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers (NASACT); Bill Levis, Urban Institute
For additional information, please contact:
Gail Vertz, CEO, AAGP
Adam Roth, President, StreamLink Software
Jesse Buggs, Director, Office of Grant Development & Administration
City of Bowie and President, AAGP NCA Chapter
NOTE: Preliminary project design is underway which includes roles, responsibilities, and expectations of parties, data requirements, staff and resource commitments, and timelines.