Federal Funding Academy (In-Person)

Chicago, IL US
April 9, 2024 to April 11, 2024

Live, 3 Day Federal Grants Management Training

A three-day overview of the federal grants system, covering everything from the legal underpinnings of the system, through cost allowability and allocation, to procurement, subaward requirements, property management, audit resolution, and more. 

This federal grants training is led by attorneys from the Federal Grants practice group, who leverage their backgrounds and experience in areas of law critical to federal programs to convey both clear explanations of legal requirements and practical assessments of risk areas and best practices. In our three days together, our instructors provide in-depth information, building from an overview of the system and of each key compliance area, to discussion of fundamental regulatory language, to analysis of compliance measures and best practices in light of common federal awarding agency practices. 

Our goal, whether you are new to federal awards and in need of a thorough overview or an experienced grants manager looking for a next-level understanding of the grants system, is that you leave with more knowledge than you came and that the knowledge be actionable. At this highly interactive and at times humorous training event, you'll have plenty of opportunities for discussion with our faculty and should leave with no question unanswered. 

Included in Your Registration: 

  • Three days of education sessions focused on federal grants
  • Networking opportunities with the trainers and your peers from across the country
  • Q&A with attorneys who provide counsel and advice to federal grants recipients

Target Audience

Grant Professionals including:

  • Executive Leadership including CEOs, CFOs and COOs
  • Grant Specialists and Administrators
  • Finance Department Personnel involved in Budgeting and Funds Management
  • Grant Managers  
  • Program Officers  
  • Grant Officers   
  • Auditors

The training is suited to recipients managing grants in any federal grant program as well as personnel from nonprofits, local governments, institutions of higher education, and state governments.


Learning Objectives

After this training, you will be able to:

  • Understand the federal financial assistance system underlying all grant awards;
  • Discuss the specific regulatory requirements applicable to key areas of federal grant management, regardless of program;
  • Describe the core concepts of financial management and cost allocation, and how to apply them; and
  • Identify the major requirements of the Uniform Guidance, including procurement standards, subrecipient management requirements, and the allowable costs/ cost allocation system – as well as implementation strategies for each.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 14.25 Certificate of Attendance
  • 17.00 CPE
    FTLF is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/09/2024 - 10:00am EDT
Event ends: 
04/11/2024 - 1:30pm EDT


The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago
Tuesday, April 9, 2024 - Thursday, April 11, 2024
*Agenda times are all CT and subject to change*

Day 1

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CT
9:00 - 9:30 a.m.Welcome and Overview
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.Understanding the Federal Grant System and the Grant Agreement
10:30 - 10:45 a.m.Break
10:45 - 11:45 a.m.Understanding the Federal Grant System and the Grant Agreement, continued
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.Lunch Break
12:45 - 2:15 p.m.Subrecipient Relationships and Pass-through Entity Responsibilities
2:15 - 2:30 p.m.Break
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.Contracts Under Grants: The Procurement Standards
4:00 - 4:30 p.m.Ice Cream Social (In-person Only)

Day 2 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CT
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Cost Allocation, Indirect Cost, and Time & Effort

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.Cost Allocation, Indirect Cost, and Time & Effort, continued
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.Lunch Break
1:15 - 2:30 p.m.Federal Interest, Program Income, and Cost Share/Match
2:30 - 2:45 p.m.Break
2:45 - 4:00 p.m.Operationalizing Internal Control Standards and Requirements ; Prior Approvals

Day 3

Thursday, April 11, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.Complex Costs
10:30 - 10:45 a.m.Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Audits, Investigations, and False Claims
12:15 - 12:30 p.m.Wrap-Up and Q&A


The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago
909 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
United States
+1 (855) 200-3822

In-Person Venue Information

Feldesman has negotiated a discount rate of $199 plus tax per night at The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago. You can make your reservations by using this link; alternatively you may contact the hotel directly at (312) 943-7200 and request the Feldesman rate. The discounted rate expires at 5 p.m. CST on Wednesday, March 20. We cannot guarantee the availability of a hotel room after the cut-off date or after the specially rated block has been filled - whichever comes first.

Guests receive the following benefits:
  • No destination fee 
  • Specially-negotiated room rates are available 3 days before and after the event (based on availability with the hotel)
  • Free WI-FI in hotel rooms
  • Special daily parking rate for local guests attending at $35* 

*Not applicable for overnight parking

Scott Sheffler 

Scott Sheffler is a Partner with the firm in the Federal Grants and Health Care practice groups. He advises clients on matters of federal grant law, government contract law, and health care law. Scott assists clients with the myriad requirements that apply upon acceptance of federal grant funding, including the administrative requirements and cost principles established in the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars that preceded the Uniform Guidance, and program-specific statutory and regulatory funding conditions. [Full Bio]

Ted Waters

Ted Waters is the Managing Partner of the firm and a member of the Health Care and Federal Grants practices. Ted is a national authority in the area of federal grants, particularly in the health and community service spheres. He advises clients on all aspects of program requirements, including issues such as cost-based reimbursement, governance, grant administration, cost reporting, and administrative issues and routinely handles challenging issues such as government audits, internal investigations, and litigation. His priority is to help each organization carry out its mission by offering practical, down-to-earth counsel and to ensure that legal challenges do not distract from that focus. [Full Bio]

Participants can earn up to 17.00 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications upon completion of all course requirements.


  • Prerequisites: None 
  • Target Audience: Grant Professionals, including Grant Specialists, Grant Administrators, Grant Managers, Program Officers, Grant Officers, Auditors, but all are welcome.
  • Advanced Preparation: None  
  • Program Level: All
  • Delivery Method: Group-Live

Feldesman Leifer LLP is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website www.nasbaregistry.org (formerly www.learningmarket.org).

Available Credit

  • 14.25 Certificate of Attendance
  • 17.00 CPE
    FTLF is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.


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Training is Not Recorded

This training will not be recorded for later viewing, as we would like attendees to be comfortable and candid, sharing their experiences and asking scenario-based questions. The discourse between the attorneys and participants is a valued part of each training.

Registration Fees:

Early Registration
(Through January 19)
Regular Registration
(January 20 to March 1)
Late Registration
(March 2 or Later)

Group Discounts

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Can I transfer from in-person to the virtual classroom? 

You can transfer from attending in-person to virtually according to the following schedule:

  • Within 45 days of the event start date, transfers from in-person to virtually will be subject to a transfer fee. 
  • Within 14 days of the event start date, no transfers from in-person to virtual will be permitted. 

Please note that no refunds of the price difference, if any, will be given. All cancellation or transfer requests must be received in writing at learning@ftlf.com.