NGMA: 40 Years of Education and Excellence


2018 NGMA Annual Grants Training
April 3-5, 2018

Followed by GMBoK Training, April 6-7


NGMA is turning 40! Come celebrate 40 years of Education and Excellence at our Annual Grants Training. Our Education Committee is hard at work preparing a program you won’t want to miss!

Registrants who attend the full Annual Grants Training Program can earn up to 20 CPEs.

GMBoK Training

Immediately following the 2018 Annual Grants Training, Friday, April 6 — Saturday, April 7, 2018.

GMBoK Training will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the full grants lifecycle from solicitation and evaluation of applications to closeout and audit. You will learn about the laws, regulations, and policies affecting your administration of Federal grants. Know what the key changes are in the requirements with the Uniform Grant Guidance published at 2 CFR 200 so that you can update your grant policies and procedures at your organization.

PLEASE NOTE: The registration link for GMBoK Training is the same link as for 2018 Annual Grants Training.
Reserve Your Hotel Room

The Hotel for the 2018 Annual Grants Training is the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA
Our special block rate is available through March 19, 2018


Agenda By Day

Coming Soon

Breakout Sessions by Title

Download the current list of Breakout Sessions

  • A Practical and Cost Effective Approach to Subrecipient Monitoring
    Mark Maraccini and Lisa Stinson, Crowe Horwath LLP
  • Application Submission and Review Process Uncovered!
    Jeannie B. Davis, HRSA; Priti Mehrotra, NIH; Carolyn Beins, SAMHSA; Jenny Korh, CDC
  • Breaking Bad: Internal Control Mistakes That Sabotage Your Grants
    Lucy M. Morgan, CPA, MBA, MyFedTrainer, LLC
  • Certified Grants Management Specialist (CGMS) – Certification for Grant Professionals – All About CGMS!
    Shelly Slebrch, NGMA and Cynthia Branch, CGMS, American Thrombosis & Hemostasis Network
  • Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct for Grant Professionals
    Benjamin Kofi Quansah, CGMS, Crown Agents Ltd, Complementary Basic Education Programme and Shelly Slebrch, NGMA
  • Compression Planning®: 40 Years of Getting to Better Decisions Faster
    Stacy Fitzsimmons, SNF Writing Solutions, LLC
  • Current Enforcement Environment for Federal Grantees
    John Prairie and Brian Walsh, Wiley Rein LLP
  • Current Issues in Grants Management: A Cross-Sectional Panel Discussion
    Kerry Neal, EPA; Eric Russell, Crowe Horwath; and Monique Franklin, City of Atlanta
  • Cybersecurity for Grants
    Mike Del Giudice, Crowe Horwath LLP and Jarvis Rodgers, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Federal Grants Budgeting: How to Prepare an Application Budget & Monitor in the Post Award Phase using Draw-Downs
    Paul H. Calabrese, Rubino & Company, CPAs & Consultants
  • From Principle to Practice: Implementing Change in Your Organization
    Merril Oliver, eCivis Inc and Matthew Hanson, State of Arizona
  • How to Have a Compliant and Efficient Time and Effort System
    Tiffany W Kesslar, Esq. and Bonnie Graham, Esq., Brustein & Manasevit
  • Intellectual Property Rights’ Agreement–Do We Really Need One?
    Andrea Adkins, University of Central Florida
  • Introduction to the Paperwork Reduction Act
    Brette Fishman, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund), U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Is It Art or Science: Effectively Responding to Audit Findings
    Lori Gurrero, King County (Washington) and Eric Russell, Crowe Horwath LLP
  • Match Making: Finding and Tracking Matching Funds in Federal Grant
    Johna Rodgers, Johna Rodgers Consulting, LLC
  • Planning and Managing Construction Grants
    Edward (Ted) Waters and Scott Scheffler, Feldsman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP
  • Pre-award and the Reduction of Applicant Financial Risk
    Sherry Angwafo and Sandy Seaton, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Recent Legal Cases Affecting Grants Administration
    David Bender and Nicole Bacon, Feldsman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP
  • Sub-recipient Non-compliance, is Your Monitoring Program Strong Enough?
    Stacie Massey, Ohio Office of Budget and Management
  • The False Claims Act and You
    Ken Dieffenbach, U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General
  • Tools You Can Use – Engaging and Managing Diverse Stakeholders
    Brette Fishman, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund), U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Understanding Cost Sharing
    Glenn McCormick, JD, Broward County Government
  • Using Change Management Principles in Grant Administration
    Linda Flickinger, The Supreme Court of Ohio

Did you know?

You may now be able to charge the fees for your NGMA trainings to your Federal grant(s). For state agencies and other non-Federal entities, under the cost principles of the Uniform Guidance (§ 200.472), there are allowable items for costs of training and education provided for employee development. Please check first to ensure there is no restriction in your approved grant budget or award documents.

Annual Grants Training Program/GMBoK Training Rates

The Annual Grants Training Program registration fees include:

  • Breakout sessions, general sessions, and keynote presenter presentations
  • Light breakfast, morning coffee break, lunch and afternoon light snack break
  • Industry exhibitors
  • Networking

GMBoK Training Program registration fees include:

  • Notebook of training slides, if registered by January 31, 2018
  • Access to one-time CGMS practice test
  • Light breakfast, morning coffee break, lunch and afternoon light snack break

(Registration must be received by August 31, 2017 and payment must be received by December 31, 2017. In order for NGMA to close out our books without outstanding invoices, all early bird registrations not paid in full by December 31st will be cancelled; there will be no exceptions.)

Member Rate Non-Member Rate Group Rate (for 5 or more)
Annual Grants Training Fee Only $709 $839 $659
GMBoK Training Fee Only $589 $719 $539
Annual Grants Training Fee + GMBoK Training Fee $1,199 $1,329 $1,099

(Registration received September 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018)

Member Rate Non-Member Rate Group Rate (for 5 or more)
Annual Grants Training Fee Only $785 $920 $735
GMBoK Training Fee Only $659 $789 $609
Annual Grants Training Fee + GMBoK Training Fee $1,309 $1,539 $1,209

(Registration received on or after February 1, 2018)

Member Rate Non-Member Rate Group Rate (for 5 or more)
Annual Grants Training Fee Only $895 $1,009 $799
GMBoK Training Fee Only $759 $889 $735
Annual Grants Training Fee + GMBoK Training Fee $1,459 $1,609 $1,359
Cancellation by October 31, 2017 Annual Grants Training registration fees will be refunded, less a $75/pp cancellation fee.
Cancellation between November 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017 50% of paid registration fees will be refunded.
Cancellation on or after January 1, 2018 Will not be refunded under any circumstance.

Refunds will NOT be given for Annual Grants Training and/or GMBoK no-shows.

Substitutions provided in advance are acceptable. Should a non-member substitute for a member, the difference between the member and non-member rate will be charged.

“NGMA conference was hands down the best conference I’ve ever been to.  It was well-organized, the speakers were great, the topics were perfect, the information was useful, and I was so happy to walk away with (honest to goodness) 41 pages of notes.  My pen ran out during the closing ceremony/ask the experts panel!”
Jessica Parks, Trial Court Services Deputy Director, Michigan Supreme Court


Varies by Session
Grant Professionals, including Grant Specialists, Grant Administrators, Grant Managers, Program Officers, Grant Officers, Auditors
Varies by Session
Varies by Session
Group Live
NGMA accepts substitutions. Please forward substitution information to Kelli Klepic at If a non-member substitutes for a member, the difference between the two rates will be charged. The cancellation policy is outlined in the table below the pricing chart. For additional information regarding refunds, cancellations, or other program concerns, please contact Kelli Klepic in NGMA’s Business Office at or (202) 308-9443.  For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaints, please contact Shelly Slebrch at

Annual Grants Training Learning Objectives:

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify new requirements outlined in legislation impacting the field of grants management.
  • Apply best practices in grants management.
  • Analyze new concepts and strategies for improving organizational efficiencies in the field of grants management.
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