Congratulations on receiving your grant! Now that you've been awarded funding, you can begin implementing your project. But there are a few key things you need to do throughout the life of your grant.
1. Contact the grants office and business office about your award.
2. Have President Parker sign the grant contract.
All grant awards involving SCC must be approved by the president. This means that you, your direct supervisor, or anyone other than the president DO NOT have the authority to enter into a grant contract. The Grant Specialist will work with you to acquire Dr. Parker’s signature.
3. Communicate any project or budget changes.
Funders know that you can't predict the future, so changes in your project and budgets are acceptable as long as you communicate them to the appropriate parties. Depending on the funding organization, a simple phone call might suffice, or you may need to write and submit an official grant or budget modification for approval. And of course, any modifications in the narrative or budget need to be communicated to the Grant Specialist and business offices as well.
4. Keep up on your reports.
Reporting requirements are different depending on the funding organization, the grant program, and the length of the grant, but the majority of funders will require you to at least submit a final report. Typically, this report communicates your project success to the funder; it allows them to see if you met your project goals and objectives, spent the money appropriately, and experienced the benefits and outcome you predicted. It's important to complete these reports on time, so you don't negatively influence future funding decisions to SCC.