Author Archives: austin brazzell

Preparing for a grant audit can be quite intimidating. I can recall spending countless hours at work, sometimes even staying the night, creating new report templates, performing data quality checks, reading last minute updates to the Federal Register, finalizing budget narratives, and updating performance measures. Grant writing professionals are generally regarded as first-line technical assistance providers in preparing for audits, both internal and external, because of (a) their first-hand knowledge of the grant i.e. it’s scope or performance of work, budget, management plan, deliverable schedule, etc. and (b) their stewardship of internal and external auditing controls, protocols, and procedures i.e.…

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Here are some tips to help you develop a competitive and creative grant or project budget. Many of these tips apply to nonprofit organizations, to include those organized as charities, membership or trade associations and chambers of commerce, and private businesses alike. This list is published, in part, to provide a fresh perspective and to inspire greater collaboration for active grant and proposal writers, their enthusiasts, and avid supporters. 

Here are some tips to help you prevent common elements of breach to most grant contract awards. Often, the environment that may have once fostered the innovation of a grant project changes and instead works against that innovation and jeopardizes a grant project’s success. The reality of the impossibility of grant project success comes when plans do not have the likelihood of meeting actuals. Picture a simple x- and y- axis with a couple of running lines. One running line charts your grant project’s actuals while the other running line charts your grant project’s budget (i.e. this can be represented in dollars,…

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What will it take to improve diversity at conferences? We know diversity in teams is the key to innovation and makes us smarter. This panel with Tiffany Haddish discussed ways to incorporate diversity into conferences and other public events.  We must acknowledge the systematic barriers holding back people of color from being recognized as experts. It has long been evident that we are not doing everything we can to ensure that discussion panels, keystone speakers, and conference sessions reflect the full spectrum of talent in our communities. Too many events lack racial diversity, so we’re taking steps to help change that.

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