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The requirements for use of funds imposed by the Federal government are designed to ensure that funds are used in the most efficient manner to provide services that produce desired outcomes. The process of learning and navigating Federal grants often strengthens an organization's financial and program management systems for future undertakings. By now, you should be able to: achieve proposed program goals, receive and disburse Federal funds, comply with reporting requirements, and write continuation applications. Thank you for taking the time to learn about managing public grants.

Here are some key points for successful grants management.

  • Develop a checklist of the Federal awarding agency's requirements and follow it exactly.
  • Spend the grant funds exactly as specified by the terms of the grant agreement.
  • Regularly communicate with project staff, program officers, and grants management officers.
  • If any deviation from agreement terms is necessary, request prior approval from the funding agency.
  • Submit performance and financial reports on time and as required by your agreement.
  • Maintain good record-keeping systems in preparation for program audits.
  • Monitor programs and services, ensuring alignment with overall project objectives.
  • Exercise due diligence and fiscal responsibility when carrying out the tasks supported by the grant.

Use the resources below to help you with the grant management process.

Government Funding provides a comprehensive listing of Federal grant funds that are available through all departments of the Federal government. 

Departments of the Federal Government
Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Department of Commerce (DOC)

Department of Defense (DOD)

Department of Education (ED)

Department of Energy (DOE)

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Department of Interior (DOI)

Department of Justice (DOJ)

Department of Labor (DOL)

Department of State

Department of Transportation (DOT)

Department of the Treasury

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)