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Evaluation, Reporting, Recordkeeping and Closeout
Evaluation and Reporting
Grants typically require that both financial and programmatic reports be submitted based on a predetermined schedule. Development and submission of financial reports are the responsibility of the Office of Finance and Budget staff. Project directors are responsible for programmatic reporting.
From day one, project directors and project administrators should always focus on the intended outcomes of the project -- achievement of outcomes is how the success of the project will be determined by the funder and by the College. These outcomes should drive all activities, and then the activities should drive your spending.
Clear and specific parameters of the data needed for the evaluation of your project should be established at the start of project implementation. Project directors should email Dr. Mark Morgan, associate vice president for institutional effectiveness, immediately upon award receipt to set up a meeting to discuss how best to establish a process to obtain the data needed for project evaluation. The Department of Institutional Effectiveness and Research is an invaluable resource to project directors who need specific data requests.
While reporting content and requirements will vary for each grant, the internal process for drafting review and submission of reports remains the same. At the initial grant management meeting, reporting requirements and due dates established by the funder will be reviewed, and project directors will learn more about how to submit drafts of their reports to the Grants Department as part of the submission process. Toni DeMaglio, coordinator of grant support and effectiveness, will coordinate the internal review process and submission of all programmatic reports. If you have any questions about programmatic reporting, please contact Toni at ext. 2499.
Recordkeeping and Closeout
Project directors are accountable for maintaining proper documentation of grant activities and spending. Relying on informal notes or your memory is not good enough to prove that an activity or an expense was allowable. While not a guarantee, keeping detailed records could help you and the College avoid the consequences of noncompliance due to lack of documentation.
All grant records must be maintained for a period of five years from the date of submission of the final grant financial report. Project directors should work with their administrators to secure a location for physical file storage. The final set of electronic files must be sent to the Grants Department for storage; however, we also recommend that you keep a copy for yourself. At the initial grant management meeting, recordkeeping requirements will be reviewed. Toni DeMaglio will provide project directors with guidance regarding the material necessary to retain, as well as a recommended filing system for the retained records and documents.
Federal grant awards have very specific requirements regarding the closeout of a grant, including record retention, inventory, obligation of funds and final reporting. Prior to the end of your grant period (usually four to six months in advance of the grant end date), Toni will provide a summary closeout form to help guide you through the process, and she will remain a resource to help you ensure that all closeout obligations have been met.
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