USAID/Federal Rules & Regulations: Grants & Cooperative Agreements

USAID/Federal Rules & Regulations: Grants & Cooperative Agreements


This three-day workshop covers the many rules and regulations associated with USAID funding for grants and cooperative agreements. In addition, this course provides a good foundation for understanding funding from other US Government agencies since there is a common core of regulations applicable to all federal agencies. Designed to enhance the ability of NGO staff to effectively manage their programs and maintain donor compliance, the workshop takes a deep dive into the relevant documents from the US Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) such as 2 CFR 200 and others.  
Presented by a noted authority on the administration and oversight of federal funding, with time for Q&A, this workshop helps answer questions such as: What is an allowable cost? What procedures do I need to follow when purchasing equipment? What are the most common audit findings and how can my NGO minimize its audit risk? Participants are encouraged to raise questions related to specific awards management issues in their day-to-day work.
Note: This training is the first of three requirements for InsideNGO’s Certificate in USAID Assistance Management.

Who Should Attend? 

In addition to individual participants, InsideNGO encourages teams of employees to attend this workshop together, to build and reinforce a culture of compliance across their organization. Those who will benefit include:

  • Finance, grants, and contracts staff
  • Program and administrative staff
  • New business development staff
  • Experienced NGO employees who need a refresher or update on the rules and regulations
  • Independent auditors, including representatives from certified public accounting firms who perform compliance or financial audits within the development sector
  • USAID staff, including Agreement Officers, Agreement Officer’s Representatives, and program staff

If your NGO is implementing a USAID contract, InsideNGO offers a separate workshop geared to this funding mechanism: USAID Contract Management for NGOs: An Introduction.

What You Will Learn

This workshop provides employees of US NGOs with a detailed look at USAID/Federal grants and cooperative agreements and the necessary strategies for successful award and program management. You will learn how to:

  • Articulate the sources of legal authority and policy as well as the differences between US Government assistance and acquisition funding
  • Navigate and apply USAID rules and regulations to ensure compliant and successful program implementation
  • Identify when approvals, waivers, and extensions are required, as well as how to obtain them
  • Develop strategies for finding the answers to common and complex issues such as:
    • determining allowable costs
    • correct procedures for purchasing equipment
    • property disposition
    • limits on budget revision
    • cost share
    • documentation requirements
    • subawarding policies and procedures
    • avoiding common audit findings
  • Manage the lifecycle of the typical award (Pre-Award, Post-Award, Closeout)

The InsideNGO Advantage

For more than 35 years, InsideNGO has been “inside” the NGO community, supporting organizations as they address the world’s most pressing social issues. We are widely recognized as the leader in US government assistance compliance training. Our training activities are designed to help you and your organization build capacity, strengthen decision-making, develop more efficient systems, and identify effective solutions to important challenges. Our learning programs are modeled on the best practices in adult learning. In today’s complex operating environment, learning has never been more important, and we take great pride in being your partner in professional and organizational development.


Practice areas

Finance;Grants and Contracts;Operations;Business Development

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