Continuing our blog series on applicant resources from federal government agencies and offices, today we highlight one of the more comprehensive sets of training modules on offer from the U.S. Department of Education. In fact, there are currently ten self-paced e-learning courses available on ED.gov’s Grants Training and Management Resources page.
“While the topics focus primarily on fiscal issues, there are important concepts included in the trainings that are applicable to anyone involved in grants activities, either programmatic or fiscal,” reads a description of the resource.
“This training is presented at a level at which both novice and more experienced grants staff will benefit from completing the courses, either by acquiring new information, or reinforcing key concepts.”
Grants Management Basics
The module on Discretionary Grants Administration, for example, covers “basic concepts in grants management, such as performance periods, performance measures, evaluation, reporting requirements, project budget and objectives and allowable activities, and oversight of the grant recipients’ contracts and sub-awards,” among other topics.
The one-hour Subrecipient Monitoring course, meanwhile, “provides an overview of Subrecipient Monitoring concepts, [highlighting] the importance and application of Subrecipient Monitoring concepts to the management of grants, and the benefits gained from employing these concepts in an organization’s overall management approach.”
The Department of Education notes that these online courses are designed specifically for grant recipients within their agency programs and “align with and complement the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).”
These training modules have also been updated to reflect the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Guidance.
If you or your applicant organization have applied for federal grants from the Department of Education – or if you plan to do so in the future – we highly recommend these self-paced e-learning courses.