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Investing in a Community’s Grants Enterprise: Updated Uniform Guidance’s Increased De Minimis Indirect Cost Rate Creates Pathway to Sustainable Grants Management

In the realm of community impact, grants management serves as the linchpin connecting vision with action and resources with results. As local governments increasingly recognize the pivotal role of effective grant administration in achieving their missions, investing in grants management emerges as a strategic imperative. However, navigating this landscape requires a nuanced understanding of its complexities and the potential avenues for impactful investment. The key to this is how to support the grants enterprise given limited budgets and competing financial priorities.

At its core, effective grants management transcends mere financial stewardship; it embodies a commitment to transparency, accountability, and efficiency. Investments in grants management should thus prioritize technological innovation—fostering platforms that streamline processes, enhance data analysis capabilities, and facilitate real-time reporting. By leveraging technologies such as enterprise accounting and grants management solutions, organizations can enhance their due diligence, automate compliance checks, and ensure the integrity of grant disbursements.

Furthermore, investing in grants management necessitates a holistic approach that recognizes the symbiotic relationship between capacity building and impact measurement. Initiatives aimed at strengthening the capacity of grantee organizations and providing tailored training and technical assistance are essential for fostering sustainable outcomes. Simultaneously, investments in robust impact assessment methodologies empower funders to gauge the efficacy of their interventions, adapt strategies in real time, and amplify positive change.

In an era characterized by unprecedented infrastructure challenges and investment opportunities, the imperative for effective grants management has never been more pronounced. However, realizing its transformative potential requires a shift from a transactional to a relational paradigm—where collaboration and knowledge-sharing are paramount. Investing in grants management thus extends beyond financial contributions; it entails cultivating ecosystems of learning and innovation, where stakeholders collaborate to co-create solutions and amplify their collective impact.

But how do you fund all of this? The recent updates to the federal Uniform Guidance increase the De Minimis Indirect Cost Rate from 10% to 15% and allow indirect costs to be charged to the first $50,000 of each subaward. These changes allow jurisdictions that have never had a negotiated indirect cost rate with the federal government to quickly and efficiently begin recouping indirect costs that can be used to invest in their community’s grants enterprise. By utilizing indirect costs, a community’s grants enterprise can pay for the growth, maturity, and—ultimately—the sustainability of its grants enterprise.

In conclusion, investing in grants management represents an unparalleled opportunity to catalyze community change at scale. By prioritizing technological innovation, capacity building, and collaborative partnerships, jurisdictions can unlock the full potential of their resources, thereby ushering in a new era of effectiveness and accountability in the pursuit of additional financial resources.



Matthew Hanson
Associate Managing Director, Grants & Policy

Matthew brings more than 25 years of progressive experience in government program/grant management, finance, and agency operations at the federal, state, and local levels. He is an industry thought leader focusing on the benefits of centralized approaches to grants management and the use of technology as resource multipliers leveraging his experience from the U.S. Department of Justice along with the State of Arizona, Matt has seen first-hand the efficiencies created through centralizing grants management services. As a result of his experiences during the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Matt lead the establishment of one of the nation's first statewide grants management offices along with the deployment of a statewide enterprise grants management solution.

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