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OMB, working cooperatively with Federal agencies and non-Federal parties, establishes governmentwide grants management policies and guidelines through circulars and common rules. These policies are adopted by each grantmaking agency and inserted into their Federal regulations.

This chart will assist you in finding the location of Federal agency codification of OMB grants management circulars and common rules.

To learn about specific Federal financial assistance programs, consult the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA). The CFDA provides contact numbers for obtaining further information on these programs.

  • A-21, "Cost Principles for Educational Institutions" (dated 10/27/98)

  • A-87, "Cost Principles for State and Local Governments" (dated 5/4/95, amended 8/29/97)
    A-122, "Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations" (dated 5/19/98)


These standard forms can be downloaded in PDF by clicking below. If you don't have the free reader software, click here.

  • SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance
  • SF-424A, Budget Information - Nonconstruction Programs
  • SF-424B, Assurances - Nonconstruction Programs
  • SF-424C, Budget Information - Construction Programs
  • SF-424D, Assurances - Construction Programs
  • SF-269, Financial Status Report (Long Form)
  • SF-269A, Financial Status Report (Short Form)
  • SF-270, Request for Advance or Reimbursement
  • SF-271, Outlay Report and Request for Reimbursement for Construction Programs
  • SF-272, Federal Cash Transactions Report
  • SF-272A, Federal Cash Transactions Report
  • SF-LLL, Disclosure of Lobbying Activities -- as codified in 1989
  • SF-LLL, Disclosure of Lobbying Activities -- as revised in 1996
  • SF-SAC, Data Collection Form for Reporting on Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations (A word processing version of this form is also available. If you prefer an original paper copy, please call (888) 222-9907 to have the SF-SAC sent directly to you.)


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