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Federal Grants Development Handbook

Find federal funding, develop competitive proposals and take the steps needed to stay in compliance with the complicated rules that govern federal dollars.

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You may charge the cost of a subscription to this platform against your federal award? Within Section 200.454(b), the uniform grants guidance contains an allowable item of cost for memberships, subscriptions and professional activity costs. Of course, you’ll want to verify that there is no specific restriction in the approved grant budget or the award documents with your program director, finance officer or granting agency, but there is an excellent chance that your federal award can be used to pay for a subscription.

Thompson’s Federal Grants Development Handbook helps you find federal funding, develop competitive proposals and take the steps needed to stay in compliance with the complicated rules that govern federal dollars. Most importantly, you'll stay on top of new grant guidance, merit criteria and risk-prevention procedures — all issues of particular importance as you work to understand the implications of the Office of Management and Budget’s new grants reform guidance and avoid disqualified proposals. The Federal Grants Development Handbook provides all this and more, including updates about awards and regulatory notices about the solicitations released each week.

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Here are just a few benefits of Thompson’s Federal Grants Development Handbook:

  • Find answers with our powerful search engines to your most pressing questions quickly and efficiently.
  • Read easy-to-understand summaries about grant announcements — a good start to deciphering complicated federal application packages
  • Receive current updates about federal electronic webportals — particularly helpful when goes down for maintenance or registration proves difficult
  • Increase understanding about performance criteria — a new focus of OMB's grant reform guidance that encompasses merit criteria for proposals and risk assessments for grant applicants
  • Email subject matter experts to answer any questions — our editors generally will reply within 24 business hours.
  • Save your search results and find the most current issue of Local/State Funding Report or access previous issues in our archive.
  • Access additional resources like grant regulations and legislation that impact grant funding and grant requirements
  • Spotlight on Grants Intelligence — A monthly email newsfeed, these articles highlight insight from some of the nation’s leading grants professionals. You’ll get authoritative information on hot topics and current events in grants development and management to help you stay abreast of the latest compliance issues, gain access to best practices and help you avoid audit findings and potential penalties.
  • Easily access GAO, OMB and Agency-Specific Guidance — we compile all the federal agency guidance and prior grant circulars administrators need in one location
  • Quickly consult federal laws and regulations a continually updated collection of primary sources including federal and state statutes and regulations. Of course, the laws and regulations also are fully searchable.

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You will receive the one-volume Federal Grants Development Handbook in print and/or access to the manual online at Based on the delivery method you choose, your annual subscription also includes monthly print and/or rolling digital updates, news, analysis, training tools, forms and more at no additional charge for the 12-month subscription period. If you have any questions or would like information about bulk pricing or site licenses, please contact Client Services at 800-677-3789 or by emailing

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