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The Grant Doctors 365 / 072320

Is your organization a pass-through entity? Heads-up: if you issue an RFA to make sub-grants, you can’t change the rules after organizations submit their applications. Organizations prepare their responses based on the terms you establish (and those terms should be based on the rules in the Uniform Guidance—the same ones the Feds follow). Once the applications are in, you can’t: decide certain types of organizations are ineligible to apply; or change the percentage of match required; or change the amount of funding they can request, etc. In short: you can’t change the rules to disqualify organizations that were originally eligible for funding. By modifying the terms after the fact, you’re opening yourself up to bad publicity (at best) and possibly a lawsuit and/or a federal review or a loss of funding (at worst).