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Applications for federal funds require the submission of standard forms, which have been developed or approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

The following standard forms are the most common federal forms required by OMB's grants management circulars that will be encountered when preparing applications directly to federal agencies, although some federal agencies have specialized forms that have been approved by OMB. These standard forms can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking on the links below.

OMB Uniform Guidance

The Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (commonly called "Uniform Guidance") was officially implemented in December 2014 by the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR - now dissolved). The Uniform Guidance – a "government-wide framework for grants management" – is an authoritative set of rules and requirements for Federal awards that synthesizes and supersedes guidance from earlier OMB circulars.*

The reforms that comprise the Uniform Guidance aim to reduce the administrative burden on award recipients and, at the same time, guard against the risk of waste and misuse of Federal funds. Among other things, the OMB's Uniform Guidance does the following:

  • Removes previous guidance that is conflicting and establishes standard language;
  • Directs the focus of audits on areas that have been identified as at risk for waste, fraud and abuse;
  • Lays the groundwork for Federal agencies to standardize the processing of data;
  • Clarifies and updates cost reporting guidelines for award recipients.

The Uniform Guidance and related documents can be found by clicking on the links below.

Grant Writing Resources

There are a variety of grant writing resources on the Internet that can provide guidance to the novice grant writer. Be mindful that the quality of advice varies greatly from one source to another. Use internet grant resources with some degree of caution. The links below are just a few of the many resources.

Contact Information:

Grants
Department of Budget
City of Richmond
900 Broad St., Room 1100
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-7913
Fax: (804)646-7927

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