Effective Grants Management Training

Effective Grants Management Training

Program Overview

Grants management knowledge and practices are particularly crucial for those organizations that rely on donor funding. Effective grants management implies a strategic and systematic approach to securing, administering, and impact maximization of available funds. It involves careful handling of the entire grant lifecycle and ensuring the responsible use of resources.

A successful grants management process requires skilled professionals that can lead projects based on proven best practices. They must be able to foster accountability, build positive relationships with stakeholders, and maximize the impact of project activities.

Effective Grants Management Training in Manila has been designed to help its delegates navigate the complex funding landscape. The ultimate aim is to empower program participants with the skills needed to secure grants, implement projects and programs with success, and achieve meaningful outcomes.

Target Audience

This program is a perfect suit for:

  • Grant managers and coordinators
  • Grant officers
  • Proposal writers
  • Project managers and coordinators
  • Finance managers
  • The administrative staff of grant-receiving organizations
  • Project heads.

Program Objectives

At the end of the training course, participants will be able to:

  • Handle grant pre-award activities
  • Ensure compliance with donor regulations and grant covenants.
  • Comprehend the grant lifecycle and how to approach each stage throughout it.
  • Understand proposal development best practices.
  • Manage multiple donor-funded programs simultaneously.
  • Manage potential risks associated with grants.
  • Oversee post-award and close-out procedures.
  • Prepare donor financial reports and match them with narrative reports.
  • Effectively manage donor relationships.
  • Gain insights into how effective grants management can feed into project sustainability.

Program Contents

First Day

Second Day

  • Creating an effective project narrative
  • Creating a realistic project budget
  • Eligible and ineligible costs
  • Cost-share, matching costs, and procurement procedures
  • Best practices in budget development
  • Fund allocation to different project components
  • Grant tracking tools
  • Aligning with donor guidelines and grant covenants

Third Day

  • Internal control in grant management
  • Asset and inventory management
  • Contracts, travel time sheets, per-diem, and itinerary
  • Responding to funding requests and inquiries
  • Timely and accurate donor reporting
  • Designing a robust M&E plan
  • Project data collection and analytics
  • Project risk management and adaptation
  • Contingency planning

Fourth Day

  • Project record-keeping and documentation
  • Effective communications skills for relationship building with funders
  • Co-financing and multi-donor funding
  • Project transparency and accountability
  • Project sustainability beyond the grant period
  • Maintaining project impact
  • Self-sustaining initiatives
  • Handling ethical issues and conflicts in grant management

Fifth Day – Simulation exercise

The last day of the program shall entirely be dedicated to the practical session. Training delegates shall participate in real-life simulation and functional exercises on proposal writing, budgeting, risk analytics, and reporting.

The practical session shall also include a panel discussion with guest speakers on best practices in grants and donor relationship management.

Program Methodology

Effective grants management workshop is a short-term intensive training with a highly practical focus. The presenter shall apply proven adult-learning principles to maximize the effectiveness of session delivery. The methods deployed will include open presentations, group discussions, individual assignments, simulation exercises, and case studies.

The sessions shall also be enriched with a variety of video demonstrations and involve panel discussions with subject-matter experts to encourage delegate engagement and endorse a practical approach.

Host Country Profile

Similar to the majority of developing countries, the Philippines has long relied on foreign development aid to finance and support economic growth. The country receives assistance from a range of bilateral and multilateral donors and finances a wide variety of projects from disaster response and poverty alleviation to infrastructure development, health, and education. There is an upward trend of fostering local ownership of development projects and forging partnerships between donors, government, civil society, and local communities.

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