Grants management is often similar to playing a game of chess or dominoes -- every decision should be strategic in moving you toward your goal. Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, communications with the funder can set off a series of unexpected events with unintended consequences.
Fortunately, at your disposal you have a team of professionals in the Grants Department who have extensive and diverse grants management knowledge and experience. A major function of the Grants Department is to help you by facilitating fully informed grant decision making, factoring in the options and risks (both large and small) associated with grants management decisions.
Project directors and project administrators should use the Grants Department as an internal information resource prior to initiating or responding to a communication involving the funder. The Grants Department will assess your needs, help determine next steps and provide you with draft language for funder communications as appropriate. Following this process will minimize the risk factors and increase the possibility of a positive outcome. If you have any questions about communications, contact Toni DeMaglio at ext. 2499.
By nature, grants cannot be operated in isolation. No one person knows it all or can do it all! Your work depends upon the collaborative spirit of a College team that includes the Grants Department, the Office of Finance and Budget, Human Resources and others. There may be occasions when you need or want to communicate with someone specific at the College. Here are a few examples: