Charging Facility Costs to Your Federal Grants

Webinar • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 • 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

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Prerequisites: Some knowledge of federal grant management and audit requirements is helpful

Recommended Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

Program Knowledge Level: Basic

Advanced Preparation: None

There aren’t many federal grants or subgrants where the cost of space occupancy is small. The purpose of the award hardly matters. Research and development, education, social services, you name it — there’s still likely to be a significant outlay for the use of buildings and for the many related expenses.

Unfortunately, the rules about allowability for these myriad charges are spread across the federal cost principles that the Office of Management and Budget crafted as part of its new uniform guidance or “super circular.” They vary depending upon whether your organization is buying the facility, already owns it or is leasing it. Further, to make things interesting, OMB changed some key policies on depreciation, rent and renovation. There are even a few differences in the guidance depending upon the type of organization administering the award.

While the rules are aimed at recognizing that federal programs should bear their fair share of facility costs, they are also sensitive to the possibility of abuses like skewing charges in the direction of the federal government or “redecorating at government expense.”

This webinar will drill down on the various federal policies on the allowability of facility-related costs including those covering:

  • New capital facility acquisitions
  • Depreciation on owned facilities
  • Interest on facility-related debt
  • Rental costs
  • Alterations and renovations
  • Relocation expenses
  • Idle capacity
  • Operation, maintenance and utility charges
  • Physical security costs

The webinar also will address acceptable methods of distributing facility-related costs when multiple awards are benefited, as well as the applicability of the often-troublesome Davis-Bacon Act to federally assisted construction and renovation.

Join Bob Lloyd, principal of Federal Fund Management AdvisorÔ and a respected authority on federal policies affecting the acquisition, administration and audit of federal grants and contracts, for this critical review of the requirements you need to know to maximize cost recovery.


  • Grant and Contract Managers
  • Sponsored Projects Administrators
  • Facility Managers
  • Security Directors
  • Executives
  • Finance Staff
  • Program Staff
  • Principal Investigators
  • Internal Auditors
  • External Auditors

Hand-out Materials:

Attendees will receive presentation slides as well as access to background materials.

Allowable Charges

The costs of webinars sponsored by Federal Fund Management Advisor™ are allowable charges to your federal grants and subgrants. The cost principles issued by OMB under its uniform guidance (and applicable to all types of awardees) state, “The cost of training and education for employee development is allowable” (2 CFR 200.472).

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