The following information is provided to assist Project Directors with meeting the contractual obligations of grants awarded by the Northeast Center. Sections are provided for Funding Acknowledgement Statement and Logo Requirements, Invoicing, Budget Revisions, Extension Requests, Change of Project Director and ERME Retrospective Evaluation. Please contact the Northeast Center with any questions regarding this information.
While your grant has been awarded by the Northeast Center, the funding is ultimately from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The regulations governing the use of these federal funds require that the following acknowledgement of support – and the two logos noted below – must be utilized on all promotional materials, presentations, media releases, and project materials developed for programming funded by this grant
In addition to the statement above, both the USDA-NIFA logo and Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center logo must be used on all printed materials, including those produced in electronic format. Please utilize whatever size best fits your printed/electronic material.
Insert the image at full size on its own slide for PowerPoint presentations, or feel free to utilize it in other documents.
Invoices should be submitted monthly (non-university organizations) or at least quarterly (universities) to the address indicated in the subcontract document (firstname.lastname@example.org). Waiting until the end of a project to submit a single invoice could result in payment being delayed or withheld if there is lack of sufficient documentation to support the budget allocations that correlated with your plan of work. When interim Progress Reports are due, you may be asked for a summary of expenditures to date if you have not submitted an invoice during the quarter.
Please contact the Northeast Center for consultation if you believe that a revision to your approved budget may be necessary.
Beginning in 2015, all ERME projects have an 18-month period of performance with no option for an extension.
The Project Director is responsible for the entire project. This includes project management, subcontracting, funds oversight, meeting project time schedules, reporting progress and submitting the final report. A change in project director designation requires approval from the Director of the Northeast Center. The existing Project Director must send a letter to the Center Director requesting the change. Additionally, the newly designated Project Director must provide a letter which states his/her qualifications for assuming the responsibilities associated with the project and willingness to do so.
The signed and dated letters must be written on the letterhead of the Project Director’s organization and addressed to: Laurie G. Wolinski, Director, Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center, 112 Townsend Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 19716-2130.
Failure to notify the Center of a change in Project Director designation could result in payment being withheld and/or de-obligation of any unexpended funds remaining under the grant.
In order to assess and document educational impacts across the ERME project portfolio, Project Directors (beginning with the 2019 cohort) are required to conduct a brief retrospective evaluation.
All projects should prepare a retrospective evaluation assessing changes in understanding/knowledge for each area of risk covered by the project. A separate question should be developed for each risk area (production, marketing, financial, legal, or human). The evaluation should be conducted at the end of the project’s workshop(s) or training series.