Grant Management – How Everyone Is Involved

Fayette County Head Start Event

Fayette County of Head Start had a family event  that involved DINOSAURS!  Click the link to see what they found!  Stomping into Good Health

Beaver County Head Start Event

Click the link below to read about (and see the pictures) of the Beaver County Head Start's most recent family event!  Splashing into Success

Transitioning Back to School

Transitioning back to school is an exciting time for most but can be a little scary too.  Please click on the link below to read about activities and tasks to get the children back into the swing of learning!  Transitioning back to school

EARN Corner is Here to Stay!!

PIC's "EARN Corner" has been an overwhelming success!  Click on the link to find out how is all started and how you can participate!  EARN Website Article

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Head Start / Early Head Start FAQs The Private Industry Council discusses frequently asked questions for Head Start and Early Head Start students. Private Industry Council operates the Head Start / Early Head Start program for Beaver and Fayette Counties in the...

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The Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc. (PIC) operates over two dozen programs within three divisions and receives funding from numerous federal, state, and local grants as well as philanthropic funding. Managing these funds requires both fiscal administration and corporate-wide compliance with the rules set forth within each grant contract. Grant management includes strategic planning, program development, sufficient metrics to track outcomes, and having competent resources to both manage the process as well as carry out required deliverables.

There are three basic phases within the overall grant process; however, the majority of our organization is mostly impacted within the post-award phase, when the grant is implemented and tracked. Below outlines the varying grant requirements and how they affect both the financial and operational teams at PIC.

Grant Management: Financial

The fiscal aspect of grant management encompasses a wide range of responsibilities to include adherence to reasonable and customary cost expenditures, budgeting constraints, fund allocation through relevant and consistent application, reporting requirements for both internal and external recipients, documentation and auditing requirements, and implementation of appropriate internal controls. The Fiscal Department must ensure that all administrative and operational activities within each grant are funded within the approved budget and that all costs are allowable under the grant requirements.

Grant Management: Operational

While grant management may seem solely the responsibility of the Fiscal Department, there would not be a grant to fiscally manage if performance standards within grant operations were not being met. For example, compliance requirements specific to the Head Start programs within PIC include fully enrolled classrooms, sufficient staffing and applicable staff certifications, child transportation standards, just to name a few. These are the factors that if not in compliance within the mandated grant requirements, could reduce or eliminate funding. And these are all factors that require documentation and disclosure.

What can the organization do as a whole?

Success for every program at PIC – regardless of funding source – takes an organization-wide effort. There must be fiscal management, operational compliance, team collaboration and communication; along with celebrating success stories and learning from the inevitable bumps in the road.