Thanks to all of you that took the time to submit your support for proposals by the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to revise its rules governing federal grants. The proposed reforms, if adopted, would guarantee nonprofits and others a minimum indirect cost rate of 15 percent, empower organizations to protect their rights, clarify funding notices, and, importantly, remove longstanding barriers to accessing federal grants that have stymied organizations addressing the needs of underserved communities and those operating in rural areas.

Comments submitted by NAO, the National Council of Nonprofits and many other organizations provided background information on the concerns and impact of governmental grants policies on charitable nonprofits. We also expressed strong support for the proposed revisions to improve the treatment of indirect costs and expand access to government grants. Numerous organizations proposed additional recommendations for strengthening the OMB Uniform Guidance, including: 1) making at least partial payments upfront; 2) prohibiting or discouraging match requirements in federal grants; 3) making adjustments for government labor standards mandates; and 4) streamlining the grants process for organizations receiving earmarks from Congress.

The Administration’s goal is to finalize the revisions in the coming weeks or months and put them into effect early next year. Go here to learn more and read selected comments submitted by our colleagues at other state associations of nonprofits and national organizations.