Webinar: Managing Federal Grants (Panel)

A panel exploring how to manage federal grants successfully

Thursday, February 16, 2023
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
This event will be held via Zoom
Category: Webinar

Exploring federal grants is a high priority area for many home repair nonprofits. This webinar will share an overview of federal grants including:

  • organizational readiness for pursuing federal grants
  • experiences writing a federal grant
  • managing federal grants including experineces reporting, navigating staff transitions, visitations & audits, and book keeping / accounting 

Panelists for this webinar will be Kristina Rowles (ASP), Dayle Stewart (Rebuild Upstate), Scott McReynolds (Housing Development Alliance), and Freyja Harris (Coalition for Home Repair).

Kristina Rowles is the Director of Home Repair for Appalachia Service Project where she oversees the completion of hundreds of repairs annually in Central Appalachia. She has experience working to utilize a variety of funding sources with volunteers in order to increase the impact of home repairs. Kristina received her MSSW form the University of Tennessee with a concentration in Organizational Leadership and a Trauma Treatment Certificate.

R. Scott McReynolds, the Executive Director of the Housing Development Alliance, has worked in the rehabilitation and construction of affordable housing in Eastern Kentucky since 1992. Under his leadership, the Housing Development Alliance has grown from a staff of one to over 40. Since 1996, the Housing Development Alliance has completed over 340 new homes, completed over 900 repairs for low income homeowners, and developed 43 rental units. In recent years, HDA created Redbud Financial Alternates, a CDFI, to combat predatory consumer lending and Hope Building, a paid, on-the-job training program for people in recovery that produces workforce housing. HDA is on a mission to provide a housing solution to 1,000 families in just 10 years. Scott is on the board of the Fahe, the National Rural Housing Coalition, Invest Appalachia, and the Appalachian Impact Fund. When he is not working, he can be found hiking, running, wood carving, coaching youth soccer or baking pastries. Scott has a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology of Emory University.

Dayle Stewart, Community Engagement Direcor of Rebuild Upstate, oversees revenue and relationship generation including private, public, and annual giving. In her 6 years with the organization, they're annual budget has doubled. Dayle will be presenting about the RSVP SeniorCorps grant, which is the first direct federal grant pursued by the organization in 2020. In Upstate SC, Dayle also serves as one of the premier Mrs. Klaus's throughout the Christmas season.

The webinar will be at 1pm ET on Thursday, February 16th. It will be moderated by Coalition staff.
Potential panel questions include:
  • What federal grants do you have experience writing and/or managing?
  • What can someone do now to create infrastructure inside their organization to support managing a federal grant?
  • What is your experience with reporting and compliance to a federal agency?
  • How much time does it take your organization to administer a federal grant outside of any time repairing homes? 
  • What changes, if any, have you had to make to book keeping or accounting processes?
  • Have you experienced staff turnover while managing a federal grant? If so, how did you communicate that to the funder and navigate the transition?
  • In your experience, what is an audit or visitation from the funder like? In your opinion, what are some preventable discrepancies that could be avoided with more experience? 
Time for open Q&A will be available. A recording will be sent to all who register. This webiniar is for staff, volunteers, or board members of nonprofit organizations that provide home repair programs for low-income households.

It's free!

For More Information:

Melanie Campbell

Melanie Campbell

Communications & Marketing Coordinator, Coalition for Home Repair