Navigating the Head Start Grant Process

Head Start programs adhere to certain financial and administrative requirements. Explore the resources below as you provide comprehensive, wrap-around services to low-income children and families. Also, find materials detailing the requirements of the grant process.

Examine Uniform Guidance and Related Regulations

Uniform Guidance streamlines and consolidates government requirements for receiving and using federal awards. In this way, it reduces the administrative burden for programs and improves outcomes.

Determining Non-Federal Match

Head Start grantees are required to provide a 20 percent non-federal match. This can come through resources donated by the communities they serve and state funding as appropriate.

Non-Federal Match Narrative

Non-federal matching information and explanations of fiscal issues such as contributions, disallowances, documentation, in-kind, and volunteer services can be found below. Head Start administrators and non-federal entities may find this information helpful.

Documenting In-Kind Contributions

Documenting in-kind contributions is a key part of a grantee’s fiscal operations. By accurately documenting in-kind expenditures, your program has a record of its financial "sweat equity" for potential funders.