Harper College

Manuals and Forms

Pre-Award and Grants Management and Compliance Handbooks

The Pre-Award Grants Handbook is being created by the Grants Office to assist faculty, staff, and administrators in the identification, pursuit, award, and management of external grants. This manual focuses on the processes and procedures for pre-award services offered by the Grants Office to potential grant project directors (sometimes called Principal Investigators or PIs) and project teams interested in transforming their ideas into grant-funded projects.

This handbook includes internal procedures and guidelines to facilitate the development of externally funded projects from ideation to new grant initiation. This guide is not intended as a substitute for the policies and guidelines required by funding agencies. These procedures are intended to address the distinct roles of Project Director, the Grants Office, and the Budget Office.

The Grants Management and Compliance Handbook provides a foundation for meeting basic post-award grant management requirements and standards to help effectively manage your grant. The handbook was created to increase project success, while minimizing any problems that may arise. As good stewards of grant resources, grantees are expected to understand and adhere to programmatic, administrative, and fiscal laws, regulations, policies, and procedures to most effectively implement and manage grant projects.

This handbook outlines the steps to follow as grant projects are implemented and provides information related to working with the Grants Office, Budget Office, and other College departments and partners; ensuring audit readiness; requesting Institutional Review Board approval prior to conducting research at Harper, as applicable; and a variety of other pertinent topics. It is important to note that the activities undertaken in the first few weeks of project implementation are crucial to the overall success of the project
Remember, the Grants Office is here to support and ensure the success of your project.  

Grants Forms

These are forms maintained by the Grants Office. Download the form and open with Adobe to complete and obtain electronic signatures.

Last Updated: 12/14/23