Reporting and Operations

Federally Approved Rates

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Nonprofits receiving Federal funding must have federally approved rates for many allocated expenses.

  • Rates are available for fringe benefits costs, general and administrative costs, or separate rates for administrative costs and facilities costs rather than one rate for general and administrative costs.
  • The rates are granted by the nonprofit’s cognizant Federal agency.
  • These rates must be applied consistently to all the nonprofit’s activities and not just those federally funded.
  • Circular A-122 from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) provides more information about federally approved rates.  This circular is available at