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Compliance with Government Grants: Tips for Avoiding Pitfalls

(100 Ratings)

Produced on: November 01, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

Taught by


Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Advanced

It’s great to win government grants and other benefits from federal, state, and local agencies. However, it is common for winning organizations to get lost in the compliance maze once an award has been granted. It is essential for practitioners to understand what steps to take to ensure full compliance with the rules and to avoid common pitfalls when representing clients who have won government grants. The risk of non-compliance is that government agencies and departments typically can exercise the right to recapture (claw back) benefits plus substantial penalties and interest. In some cases, parties can even be debarred from future grants or contracts.

In this course, we cover practical tips for practitioners to stay in compliance, while avoiding some of the more common risks and pitfalls of failing to comply. Our emphasis is on grants at a federal level, with case studies of “how-not-to” perform, and “how to” best ensure full compliance.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand common strictures attached to government grant awards, with focus on federal grants
  2. Avoid penalties for non-compliance, including claw back provisions and debarment proceedings
  3. Refer to case studies examining real life examples in which parties have failed to comply and have learned the hard way what to do and what not to do in response to government grant awards
  4. Learn practical tips for setting up systems and safeguards to ensure full compliance


Ann Kayman

New York Grant Company

Ann Kayman is the owner and CEO of the New York Grant Company. Established in 2002, Ann’s team works to obtain economic grants and incentives for hundreds of private clients in the New York Metro area and now nationally. 

Prior to founding the company, Ann served for four years (1998-2002) in the Giuliani and Bloomberg Administrations as head of Business Development and Senior Vice President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC). She is also a lawyer with over 27 years’ of experience. 

While at EDC, Ann led a team responsible for attracting record numbers of new businesses to the City from around the world. Ann won international awards for the City including: Global Innovator’s Award (2000), Most Wired Central Business District Award (2000) and Intelligent Cities Award (2001).

After 9/11, Ann was appointed to direct the City’s efforts to help with the recovery of 20,000 lower Manhattan businesses. Working extensively with federal, state and local agencies, non-profits, and business groups, Ann led a team of 500+ City workers and volunteers to deliver financial relief and business counseling.

Ann’s work has been profiled in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Crain’s New York Business, CBS Radio, Site Selection Magazine, and trade publications. She is a regular speaker at national/regional forums on the subject of economic incentives, economic development, and green finance. Ann serves on the Speakers’ Bureau of the Urban Green Council authorized by the Mayor’s Office to deliver educational outreach regarding New York City’s green building laws.


Joseph C.

Very good instructor. Liked all the examples

Joshua H.

Very well done!

Angela R.

attorneys who deal with government grants should appreciate this course, good advise from the speaker, Ann.

Patrick O.

Very nicely done! I've done a little bit of this but learned a great deal more. I valued the q@a format as well. Well done!

Shaun S.

very informative

Nathaniel F.

Excellent presentation.

Arthur O.

Good course.

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