Fundraising with federal dollars is prohibited. Fundraising costs include organizing financial campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred solely to raise capital or obtain contributions. Neither the salary of persons engaged in fundraising activities, nor indirect costs associated with those salaries may be charged to a federal award. CVAD will allow a program to allocate the equivalent of 20% of one FTE for fundraising from state funds. Programs can also use other non-federal funds to pay for fundraising.
- A program may accept donations (i.e., goods, space, services) as long as the value of the donations is not charged as a direct or indirect cost to the grant.
- A program may also expend funds, in accordance with approved award terms, to seek future funding sources to “institutionalize” the project, but not for the purpose of raising funds to finance related or complementary project activities.