16B.97 GRANTS MANAGEMENT.
Subdivision 1. Grant agreement.
(a) A grant agreement is a written instrument or electronic
document defining a legal relationship between a granting agency and a grantee when the principal
purpose of the relationship is to transfer cash or something of value to the recipient to support
a public purpose authorized by law instead of acquiring by professional or technical contract,
purchase, lease, or barter property or services for the direct benefit or use of the granting agency.
(b) This section does not apply to capital project grants to political subdivisions as defined by
Subd. 2. Grants governance.
The commissioner shall provide leadership and direction for
policy related to grants management in Minnesota in order to foster more consistent, streamlined
interaction between executive agencies, funders, and grantees that will enhance access to grant
opportunities and information and lead to greater program accountability and transparency. The
commissioner has the duties and powers stated in this section. An executive agency must do what
the commissioner requires under this section.
Subd. 3. Discretionary powers.
The commissioner has the authority to:
(1) review grants management practices and propose policy and procedure improvements to
the governor, legislature, executive agencies, and the federal government;
(2) sponsor, support, and facilitate innovative and collaborative grants management projects
with public and private organizations;
(3) review, recommend, and implement alternative strategies for grants management;
(4) collect and disseminate information, issue reports relating to grants management, and
sponsor and conduct conferences and studies; and
(5) participate in conferences and other appropriate activities related to grants management
Subd. 4. Duties.
(a) The commissioner shall:
(1) create general grants management policies and procedures that are applicable to all
executive agencies. The commissioner may approve exceptions to these policies and procedures
for particular grant programs. Exceptions shall expire or be renewed after five years. Executive
agencies shall retain management of individual grants programs;
(2) provide a central point of contact concerning statewide grants management policies
(3) serve as a resource to executive agencies in such areas as training, evaluation,
collaboration, and best practices in grants management;
(4) ensure grants management needs are considered in the development, upgrade, and use of
statewide administrative systems and leverage existing technology wherever possible;
(5) oversee and approve future professional and technical service contracts and other
information technology spending related to executive agency grants management activities;
(6) provide a central point of contact for comments about executive agencies violating
statewide grants governance policies and about fraud and waste in grants processes;
(7) forward received comments to the appropriate agency for further action, and may follow
up as necessary;
(8) provide a single listing of all available executive agency competitive grant opportunities
and resulting grant recipients;
(9) selectively review development and implementation of executive agency grants, policies,
and practices; and
(10) selectively review executive agency compliance with best practices.
(b) The commissioner may determine that it is cost-effective for agencies to develop and use
shared grants management technology systems. This system would be governed under section
16E.01, subdivision 3
, paragraph (b).
History: 2007 c 148 art 2 s 22