As described in The Training for Grants, various training opportunities and resources are provided for grantees that help to ensure that eligible recipients understand how to apply for grants while grantees understand how to properly manage grant funds with support and guidance from FRA staff. Highlights from this document are shown below.
FRA Rail Program Delivery Video Series
Webinar training videos are available online at the FRA Rail Program Delivery Video Series site and cover different aspects of the existing rail planning and program delivery processes as well as applicable federal laws and regulations.
FRA’s Rail Program Delivery Meeting
Rail Program Delivery Meetings, along with the training materials presented, provide an important mechanism for addressing many of the training needs identified by grantees.
Additionally, FRA provides annual webinar training on the improper payment testing required by the Improper Payment Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010 (IPERA) and the Improper Payment Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act of 2012 (IPERIA), as well as webinars for applicants on new Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs).
FRA Environment Website
The “Environment” section on FRA’s website provides details on FRA’s environmental procedures and other NEPA-related information, which grantees may use for environmental compliance purposes.
FRA Training & Guidance Website
The “Training & Guidance” section on FRA’s website provides information on overseeing grant projects, as well as links to the Railroad 101 Videos, Rail Program Delivery Meetings, Monitoring Procedures, Capital Cost Estimating Guidance, and FRA Rail Program Delivery Video Series.
FRA Buy America Website
The “Buy America” section on FRA’s website provides information to grantees about the Buy America provision of 49 USC § 24405(a) and its waiver requests. Grantees may also access online the webinar presentation and FAQs on Buy America that explain procedures on how to apply this provision.
Grants.gov Learning Center
Listed below are training and resources that the Grants.gov Learning Center provides on the federal grants lifecycle, policies on grants management, and profiles on grant-making agencies:
GrantSolutions Web Training
FRA uses GrantSolutions as its grants management system, which also offers the GrantSolutions Grantee Training Video series with the following “anytime” training sessions:
- Session 1 – Introduction to GrantSolutions for Grantees
- Session 2 – GrantSolutions Pre-Award Activities for Grantees
- Session 3 – GrantSolutions Post-Award Activities for Grantees