This weeks Office of Justice grant writing tips puts the focus on understanding the process of matching/cost-sharing requirements and how to account for them. For additional tips about building a better budget for grant writing please see FAMCares blog, Funding Tips From the OJP...Building a Better Budget.
Matching/Cost-Sharing Requirements and How to Account for Them
Some Department of Justice solicitations include a cost sharing or matching requirement. This matching/cost sharing amount refers to the portion of project costs that are not paid by federal funds.
Solicitations with such a requirement will specify the percentage and type of match required, which is generally cash, in-kind, or both. For information on the sources of cash and in-kind matches, see the Types of Match section of the DOJ Financial Guide.
As you are completing your application’s budget summary in the JustGrants system, you’ll see an area where the match details can be captured.
The following online resources provide additional information about match requirements and how to document match amounts in the web-based Budget Detail Form:
- JustGrants Job Aid Reference Guide: Entering Match Amount in a Budget
- OJP Grant Application Resource Guide: Cost Sharing or Matching Requirements
- DOJ Grants Financial Guide: Matching or Cost Sharing Requirements
JustGrants: The Department of Justice launched a new grants management system, JustGrants, in October 2020. Through the JustGrants website, applicants and grantees can access training resources, find answers to frequently asked questions, and sign up for updates. Get started by gaining an understanding of the application process in JustGrants.
OJP Grant Application Resource Guide: Updated for FY 2021, this resource contains information to help you prepare and submit applications for OJP funding and offers guidance on award administration.
OJP Funding Resource Center: Find current opportunities, solicitation requirements, forms and worksheets, and post-award instructions to help as you apply for and manage OJP awards.
DOJ Grants Financial Guide: Learn about the laws, rules, and regulations that affect the financial and administrative management of an OJP award.