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Brian Tipton, Esq.

R. Brian Tipton, Esq., is a practicing attorney, consultant, and trainer, who works with grant-funded organizations across the United States.  Brian is a summa cum laude graduate of the Louisiana State University and the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University.  Currently, Brian is Managing Director with Kirk Private Client Law, LLC, in Atlanta, where he heads the firm’s grant-funded, charitable and philanthropic solutions practice.  Brian regularly represents educational institutions, Community Action Agencies, Head Start programs, Weatherization providers, and other grant-funded entities in the areas of regulatory compliance, grants law, government audits, funding source disputes, administrative appeals, and litigation.  In addition, he consults with organizations on governance, human resources, programmatic, and corporate matters, and develops and presents training programs.  Brian is a frequent speaker at local, state, regional, and national conferences.

My Sessions

Exposing Grants Management Myths

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Unfortunately, some “common knowledge” within the grant-funded community actually has no basis in fact.  This session will tackle several of the biggest myths, misconceptions, and misunderstandings, in grants management.  During this session, we will expose myths about funding source remedies, cost sharing, prior approval, procurement, indirect costs, governance, and more.  After attending this session, you […]

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Procurement in a Nutshell

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Are you following all the rules when purchasing goods and services with grant funds? Make sure that you understand essential procurement requirements for grant-funded organizations by attending this overview of the Uniform Grants Guidance’s procurement standards.  This session presents the key requirements as eight simple-to-understand (and follow) rules. During this session, you will learn about: […]

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Contract Issues in Procurement

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Organizations making purchases using grant funds often overlook one essential element: the form of the agreement or contract. This session explains how to draft contracts when entering into procurement transactions for grant-funded programs.  By attending this session, you will learn about acceptable and unacceptable contract types; required and preferred terms and conditions; and assembling a […]

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Recordkeeping for Grants-Funded Organizations

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Recordkeeping is essential for effective grants management and this burden rests squarely on the grant-funded organization.  Reliable recordkeeping is necessary to satisfy the requirements of the Uniform Grants Guidance and individual programs.  Legal compliance and meaningful financial oversight also require sound recordkeeping practices.  This session will discuss how grant-funded organizations can establish and maintain an […]

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Grants Management Hot Topics

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Learn about recent developments affecting Federal grants management during the opening session of Southern Grants Forum 2022.  You will learn about changes to the Uniform Guidance, the impact of the pandemic, and other hot topics for grant-funded entities.  In addition, this session will set the stage for the remainder of the conference with an overview […]

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Do You Know Grants?

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What did you learn during the opening day of Southern Grants Forum 2022? Test your knowledge with this fast-paced but friendly competition.  Attendees will answer grants management questions drawn from the day’s material to earn points and show who really knows grants.  Your moderator will then explain the answers and provide additional insights about the […]

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Plenary

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As the first day of Southern Grants Forum 2022 draws to a close, we will review the day’s events, prepare you for tomorrow’s break out sessions, and share helpful reminders.  Please make sure to join us for this informative wrap-up session.

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