What's the Difference Between a Grant and a Cooperative Agreement?

Webinar • Tuesday, October 31, 2023 • 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

This Thompson Grants webinar will help you and your team to understand the differences between a grant and a cooperative agreement to enable you to better leverage your federal funding. While similar, a cooperative agreement is an award of financial assistance that is used to enter into the same kind of relationship as a grant; but provides for substantial involvement between the federal agency and the recipient in carrying out the activity contemplated by the award. Terms and conditions are very important in any kind of grant or cooperative agreement because recipients must agree and then comply with the requirements included therein. Understanding the key differences between these funding mechanisms will better enable attendees to better negotiate conditions that can best set your organization up for success. 

Join leading grants professional, Sandra Swab, as she shares best practices under both grants and cooperative agreements. Live webinar attendees will earn CPE credits and have the opportunity to ask their own questions. 

Learning Objectives 

  • The difference between a grant and a cooperative agreement
  • How to assess a funding announcement and determine the type of agreement that will be issued
  • How to internally manage the different agreements
  • How to negotiate terms and conditions 

Register today for What's the Difference Between a Grant and a Cooperative Agreement?

Who Will Benefit:

  • Grant managers and specialists, program managers and management executives, financial and procurement personnel.


Sandra Swab Sandra Swab

Sandra is currently an independent consultant focusing on grants management, data reporting standards, and business development requirements for federal and non-federal organizations.  She has over 30 years of government experience in grants, finance and program management.  Sandra worked at the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board where she served as its Data Manager and Senior Advisor for Grants, Performance and Data Standards. 

Prior to working at the Recovery Board, she worked as a senior manager and subject matter expert on grants and federal reporting data requirements for companies supporting the federal government after working at the Office of Management and Budget as a Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of Federal Financial Management. Her portfolio at OMB included grants and financial management, federal data reporting, and systems development.