Congratulations, you have secured a government grant. Now the real work begins.
LNE Group offers streamlined grant management and administration services that reduce the administrative burden often associated with government funding. LNE Group manages the development of required reports and documents; coordinates regular communication with federal agency contacts; and streamlines client/agency interactions, allowing the client's technical team to focus on program delivery to achieve project goals and objectives. Federal and State agencies administer grants differently, with varying business processes and policies. Agencies monitor grantees to ensure proper use of funds, both in terms of programmatic operations and financial controls. Monitoring involves formal reporting, informal discussions, formal presentations and site visits.
Grant Management & Administration Services include:
Grant Agreement Negotiations
LNE Group assists clients with grant agreement negotiations with federal and state funding agencies. We have found that a thoughtfully negotiated grant agreement can reduce the administrative work for the client long term.
Relationships are the foundation to successful interactions with the government, especially when collaborating on a government funded project. LNE Group establishes working relationships with program managers and contracting officers assigned to client projects from the onset of an engagement. Throughout the term of the funded project, LNE Group manages communication with these funding agency contacts to ensure the client is meeting program expectations. LNE Group also helps clients prepare for periodic site visits required by most funding agencies. Because agency officials make hundreds of visits each year, LNE Group has found that a well-organized, thorough and comprehensive site visit can position a company well long-term with agency officials and contribute to the overall success of the project.
Most government grants are made on a reimbursement basis. For this reason, it is important to maximize allowable costs. LNE Group helps companies understand what project costs are allowable and therefore can be reimbursed by grant funds. LNE Group also ensures that reimbursement requests are compiled as required by the funding agency and are timely filed.
Management, Technical & Financial Reporting
All government-funded projects require regularly submitted reports on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis. LNE Group works with clients to develop a system to collect and manage project information (day-to-day activities, work plan task status, outcomes and milestones achieved) to prepare the necessary reports for programmatic and fiscal compliance.
Many projects require scope changes for technical or other reasons. When a scope change is required, LNE Group works with the client to revise project plans and secure agency permission for the change. Agencies will defer to company scope change requests where they are reasonable and do not change the overall goal of the project. LNE Group helps clients frame their proposed scope changes this way.
Most government grants require an annual public presentation to peer reviewers and agency contacts. These presentations are often used as a key evaluation tool for funded projects and help to shape the direction the project takes for the coming budget period. LNE Group works with clients to prepare a technical presentation that not only meets agency requirements, but provides interesting and relevant content around technical accomplishments, convincing reviewers to keep the project on the prescribed path.