NCJA Center For Grants Management


NCJA provides national level training and technical assistance (TTA), and is dedicated to helping justice agencies develop and implement effective policy, practices and programs. For over a decade, the NCJA has been providing peer-to-peer training to state and local recipients of federal grants and cooperative agreements in the management of federal funds, strategic planning, data-driven practice, and program implementation and evaluation. 


NCJA offers grants management, writing, and administration training to meet each agency’s needs including onsite, remote and regional training for state and local agency staff and their subgrantees with curricula tailored to meet the needs of the audience including pre-conference sessions and multiple workshops at the annual Forum on Criminal Justice. 


Core topics for the grants management training cover identification and application of federal regulations, administrative requirements, cost principles and audit requirements, including:

  • understand and apply 2 CFR Part 200 requirements, including primary grantee responsibilities from pre-award through close out;

  • ensure sound fiscal management and internal controls for releasing and managing funds, including determining, documenting and monitoring allowable, indirect, and administrative costs (including personnel);

  • assess financial stability, internal controls and risk level of subaward agencies;

  • determine contractors and subrecipients and applying special conditions to subawards;

  • conduct post-award monitoring, site visits and addressing risk management;

  • manage non-compliance concerns, data collection and evaluation of program effectiveness;

  • identify and reporting conflicts of interest; and

  • prepare for audits and monitoring for corrective action plans.

What Our Participants Have to Say

“I have enjoyed this grants management training so much, thank you! I always feel like I am in the room with such educated and experienced folks and love learning from everyone that presents.” - Grants Management Training Day

“Great suggestions and simple management of the narrative writing techniques. Very helpful getting a whole outside perspective on how to approach grants.” - Grant Writing 101

“I now understand why the grants I am responsible for are put together the way they are. I have a better understanding of what other divisions and people here are responsible for. Thank you for being in Indiana and working to help me do my job.” - IN CJI Staff Training

“The trainers were very knowledgeable. I enjoyed the presentations and learned a lot. I wish we had this training years ago.” - VA DCJS Staff Training

“The presenters seem to know what is really important. There was a ton of attendee participation and the presenters modified the content to meet the needs of attendees rather than being rigid with the agenda. That was much appreciated!”
- Grants Management Training for District Attorneys

Our Trainings

Each training is customized to the specific needs of the state. Past trainings have covered Title 2 C.F.R. part 200, learning and applying risk management and monitoring tools, developing policies and procedures, preparing for an audit, and more. Every agenda is different, and reflects the unique nature of each training. 

Foundations of Federal Grants Management with Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services

2019 NCJA Grants Management

Training Day

Sample Agenda

Day One
Day Two

9:00 am Grants Management – Pre-Award

  • Identify Funding Opportunities

  • Proposal Development/Application

  • Pre-award Types Activity

12:00 pm Lunch 


1:00 pm The Grant Lifecycle – Pre-Award

  • Evaluation and Review

  • Budget Preparation and Review 

  • The Grant Lifecycle – Post-Award

  • Award and Program Establishment


3:00 pm The Grant Lifecycle – Post-Award



4:00 pm Adjourn

9:00 am The Grant Lifecycle – Post-Award Payments

  • Reporting (e-grants managements systems)

  • Amendments

12:00 pm Lunch 


1:00 pm The Grant Lifecycle – Post-Award

  • Closeout and Audits

  • 2 CFR Part 200


3:00 pm Professional Development

  • Resources

  • Questions and Answers

  • Workshop Participant Evaluations


4:00 pm Adjourn

Grants Management Training For State and Local Administrators with the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC)

Foundations of Federal Grants Management in partnership with the North Carolina DPS, Governor’s Crime Commission

Our Trainers

Tammy Woodhams

Director of Programs and Grants Training, NCJA


Tammy oversees the National Center for Grants Management at NCJA. In the last 18 months, she has provided grants management and administration training for over 400 participants and designed and delivered more than 11 training programs in 10 states. She has worked with other national organizations such as NDAA and NAJIS to create and deliver trainings for their audiences. She has hosted NCJA's National Grant Management Training Day, featuring SAAs and grant managers from around the country as well as trainers from U.S. DOJ BJA and the OCFO at the National Forum on Criminal Justice every year for the past 4 years. She is a certified grant management specialist (CGMS) through the National Grants Management Association (NGMA), and is a certified project management professional (PMP).

Tammy also works to assist the executive director to promote, coordinate, facilitate, and deliver training and technical assistance designed to enhance justice planning and build capacity of state, local and tribal governments across the nation. Tammy assists in curriculum development, research and identification of model strategies, use of virtual communication tools and contributes to the information clearinghouse. Tammy serves as liaison to the national level funders, state and local agency representatives and manages National Criminal Justice Reform Project funded by Arnold Ventures to advance pretrial and reentry reform in four states.

Tammy has served for over 25 years in various positions within Kalamazoo County Government including founding executive director for the Kalamazoo Criminal Justice Council (a local justice planning agency) and founding director of the Kalamazoo Office of Community Corrections (in response to Michigan’s Community Corrections Act of 1988). In these positions, she wrote and administered several federal, state and local grant awards. She led the implementation of multi-disciplinary collaborative criminal justice projects and oversaw the implementation and expansion of 11 alternative programs. Notable among these projects were the nation’s first drug court for women offenders and Project RETURN (Reentry of Ex-Offenders Through Unique Resource Networking). Project RETURN was later identified as a model program and one of the first to be supported through the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative through the Michigan Department of Corrections in 2005. She implemented risk and needs assessment instruments and a case management system throughout the community corrections continuum, from pretrial services through prisoner reentry. Tammy facilitated the establishment of stakeholder groups inclusive of leaders and representatives from all aspects of the criminal justice system, health and human service agencies, mental health and substance abuse treatment providers, workforce development, housing, and community groups. She spearheaded the development of “A Plan for Integrating Prevention, Intervention, Correction and Reintegration Programs in the Kalamazoo County Criminal Justice System.” She further assisted in the development and implementation Kalamazoo County’s Integrated Criminal Justice Management Information System Plan.


Tammy obtained her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Western Michigan University.

Meg Williams

Former Manager, Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance, Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice

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Meg Williams retired from the State of Colorado in July 2019 where she was the Manager of the Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance in Colorado’s Division of Criminal Justice, Department of Public Safety.  She served as the designated juvenile justice specialist for the state and was responsible for the management of many federal and state grant programs which seek to assist with and improve the adult criminal and juvenile justice systems. Meg was a member of many inter-disciplinary boards, task forces and councils in Colorado regarding adult criminal and juvenile justice efforts.  She formerly served as the National Juvenile Justice Specialist for the Coalition for Juvenile Justice.  In 2010, Meg traveled to Tbilisi, Georgia to assist the Georgia Ministry of Justice in developing juvenile diversion programming which is now available to youth across the country and showing tremendously positive outcomes including reduced recidivism.  In 2016, she traveled to the country of Suriname and assisted their Ministry of Justice in developing and implementing a strategic plan to improve socialization and integration of young offenders back into their communities. Key justice stakeholders continue to meet and implement the Strategic Plan.


Meg is a graduate of Kenyon College in Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and received a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. 

Valerie Tickle

Senior Criminal Justice Planning & Grant Coordinator, Delaware Criminal Justice Council

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Valerie Tickle has been with the Council for twenty-two years. She is a subject matter expert on criminal justice grant writing and has submitted numerous successful competitive grant applications totaling almost 20 million dollars. Valerie is the Coordinator for various criminal justice grants and projects including the Adult and Juvenile Second Chance Act reentry funds, Comprehensive Opioid Substance Abuse Program, Justice Reinvestment Initiative, Adult Drug Court Enhancement, Prison Rape Elimination Act, Project Safe Neighborhoods, Adam Walsh Implementation, Harold Rodgers Prescription Drug Monitoring program, MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge Innovation Funds and the National Criminal Justice Reform Project. She is a grant writing instructor and has presented nationally and locally to hundreds of attendees. She is a member of  Delaware's National Criminal Justice Reform Project core team working on reentry reform and the Lt. Governor's Behavioral Health Consortium.


Valerie received a B.S. from the University of Delaware in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology.

Get Started

To discuss training options and pricing, please contact Tammy Woodhams at (202) 903-3316 or