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Grants Compliance Expert Suite

From pre-award to post award and audit, Thompson’s Grants Compliance Expert is designed specifically for
grants professionals like you!

Thompson's Grants Compliance Expert Suite breaks down the most complex and potentially confusing guidance and regulations issued by the Office of Management and Budget, the Government Accountability Office and the individual agencies, so you can take the steps needed to stay in compliance with the complicated, detailed rules that govern federal funding. This comprehensive library also offers in-depth analysis of 750 federal grant programs and a supplemental collection of 100 grantseeking quick tips that would help any grantseeker - before and after winning funds.

Only the Thompson's Grants Compliance Expert Suite offers you insightful news, lessons from the field, access to our comprehensive archives of federal and state laws, and instant access to our in-house experts. Most importantly, you'll learn the ins and outs of OMB’s new grants reform guidance and stay current on enforcement practices, risk-prevention procedures and merit criteria - all issues of particular importance as you work to understand OMB’s landmark shift from compliance expectations to performance measures. Thompson's Grants Compliance Expert Suite includes the following resources:

Grants Development

  • Federal Grants Development Guide offers fast, easy access to substantive, funding information on more than 750 federal grant-making programs. The Guide uncovers millions of federal grant dollars that will help your organization succeed and now it’s entirely online!
  • Local/State Funding Report is an online newsletter providing analysis of the many compliance regulations and legislative actions that impact grantseeking
  • Winning Strategies for Developing Proposals and Managing Grants includes information on how to write winning grant proposals and manage the grants you are awarded. This informative resource contains expert guidance on a full range of topics from identifying sources of funding, to applying, and subsequently to program implementation and reporting once the proposal is awarded. Updates also include the System for Award Management and tips for navigating the website.
  • And more!

Grants Management and Audit

  • The Federal Grants Management Handbook is the leading guide for the federal grants community since 1978. The most comprehensive and trusted source for anyone administering federal program funds, the Handbook helps you make your money work for you.
  • The Single Audit Information Service is the most extensive and easy-to-use reference and information service for anyone responsible for or involved in the single audit process.
  • Techniques for Monitoring Federal Subawards helps federal grant recipients who are pass-through entities and their subrecipients overcome the challenges of OMB’s uniform guidance by offering detailed strategies for monitoring plans, including handy templates that can be used locally for risk assessments, audit checklists, engagement letters and model agreements for a subaward, contract and fixed amount award.
  • And more!

Major Topics Covered

Thompson specifically designed the Grants Compliance Expert Suite research library to help you easily navigate the complex challenges you face over the full grants life cycle - from pre-award to award, post-award and close-out. Moreover, the platform is designed to help you:

  • Reduce risk of noncompliance by offering a wide array of expert analyses and suggested best practices throughout the pre-award and post-award cycles.
  • Contact our subject matter experts with your toughest questions.
  • Find answers quickly with our Advanced Search tool.
  • Stay ahead of the game with instant updates as soon as important changes happen. You'll get late-breaking news and developing issues in your inbox as they happen!
  • Easily access GAO, OMB and Agency-specific guidance - We compile all the federal agency guidance and prior circulars administrators need in one location
  • Access a continually updated collection of primary sources including federal and state statutes and regulations that can strengthen your programs.
  • Access free training sessions that have been specially selected for your own professional development as part of Thompson's Grants Compliance Expert Suite. Plus, you also can download handouts and related materials to train your staff.
  • Receive Weekly Round Ups - Summarizes the most important news, commentary and other features provided by Thompson's Grants Compliance Expert Suite.
  • Utilize Grants Intelligence - A monthly column of contributed articles from some of the nation's leading grants professionals, these pieces help you stay abreast of the latest development and compliance issues, gain access to best practices and help.
  • Access to our entire archive of grants development, grants management and single audit compliance webinars.

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You will receive online access to the resources outlined above at Your annual subscription also includes rolling digital updates, news, analysis, training tools, forms and more at no additional charge for the 12-month subscription period. If you have any questions or would like information about bulk pricing or site licenses, please contact Client Services at 800-677-3789 or by emailing

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You may charge the cost of a subscription to this platform against your federal award? Within Section 200.454(b), the uniform grants guidance contains an allowable item of cost for memberships, subscriptions and professional activity costs. Of course, you’ll want to verify that there is no specific restriction in the approved grant budget or the award documents with your program director, finance officer or granting agency, but there is an excellent chance that your federal award can be used to pay for a subscription.

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