For any grant-related questions, please contact Grant Accountant Carmesha Jemerson in the Business Office: 450-4501 or email@example.com.
External Grant Budget Proposal Process
All grant applications initiated by or for the benefit of faculty must
first be approved by the Provost. The proposal budget must also be
reviewed and approved by the Business Office prior to submitting the
Grant. Grant applications or proposals submitted for approval must be
endorsed by the Chair of the sponsoring academic or administrative
departments and by the Area Chair. The Grant Approval process outlined
in Section G should be followed. Additional details concerning the
involvement of the Business Office in the approval process and in the
development of the grant budget are given below.
Budgets on all proposals must be reviewed and approved by the Business Office prior to submission to the grant funding agency.
Hendrix Match is listed in the proposal, (either cash match or in-kind
match – defined below), this must be reviewed and have written approval
by the Hendrix Provost and V.P. of Business & Finance prior to
submission. Information sent for approval should include how much cash
match is required, how much in-kind match is required, and what can be
included as in-kind match. If summer housing is to be provided to
student researchers, this is considered in-kind match and should be
included in the match information.
contributions are donated time and effort, real and personal property,
and goods and services. The value of in-kind contributions must be
evaluated and documented. The most basic tenet of valuation is that the
item or service donated cannot exceed its fair market value.
Salary/Stipend and Fringe Benefits
salary/stipends are listed on the proposal for faculty, students,
and/or contract workers, then the following issues should be addressed
in the budget proposal.
a faculty member has a reduced work load to accommodate time spent on
research and the grant is to reimburse Hendrix for that time (i.e. just
not considered Hendrix in-kind match), the percentage of salary to
reimburse should be 33% (or whatever portion of time is spent on the
grant) of the Primary Investigator’s (i.e. P.I.) total academic year
salary. Fringe Benefits (including Health Insurance) should also be
reimbursed using the percentages listed below.
0% CREF – 16% 8.5% - 24%
4.5% CREF – 20%
(NOT to be used for Faculty/Staff 100% covered by grant.
See below for Faculty/Staff 100% covered by Grant.)
stipends are to be in compliance with the granting agencies contract in
terms of percentage of the academic year/base salary-if applicable.
FICA (7.65%) on these stipends must be paid and should be included in
the budget. Faculty can request TIAA-CREF on a summer stipend only if
the grant will reimburse Hendrix for the retirement match contribution.
Faculty/Staff Covered 100% by Grant—If
an employee is to be covered 100% by the grant (i.e. a full-time lab
tech) the grant should cover FICA, Health Insurance, and TIAA-CREF (if
applicable). Please contact the Grants Manager for estimated Health
Insurance amounts. Hendrix will cover Life Insurance, meals, and
workman’s comp, so don’t include these items with fringe benefits.
Academic Year—Any salary for part time students during the academic year will not require FICA benefits.
for part or full time students during summer months will require FICA
benefits and should be included in the budget. The P.I. will determine
if the students will submit timecards or be on a set payment plan (no
time card needed). This information must be submitted to the Business
Office on the Summer Stipend Grant Information form that will be updated
with summer dates and dispersed to faculty each spring. If FICA is not
included in the original budget, FICA will need to be removed from
another line item (if the granting agency approves) or the FICA will
need to be removed from the student’s pay.
summer housing will be provided to part-time or full-time students, the
cost of this should be included in Hendrix In-Kind Match in the budget
proposal. Please contact the Grants Manager for the amount to budget for
the in-kind match as this amount may vary depending on the year. The
P.I. should complete the Summer Stipend Grant Information form and
submit it to the Grants Manager in the Business Office.
Payments made directly to individuals (not employees of Hendrix) for
services rendered are paid as Contract Labor. Contract Labor includes
consultants, honorariums, and part-time services around campus. These
individuals are not paid through the payroll system and no taxes are
withheld from their payment. The Business Office must send them a tax
form 1099 at the end of the year, therefore, pertinent information such
as social security number and current mailing address must be obtained
for the Business Office prior to any contract work payment distribution.
A Payment Request Form should be completed and submitted to the
Grants Manager in the Business Office. If Hendrix has not paid the
individual before, a W-9 must be completed and sent to
firstname.lastname@example.org before the Payment Request Form is submitted.
Please contact the Grants Manager for assistance with this process.
Costs may be referred to as administrative or overhead costs in the
grant applications. The current Hendrix Indirect Cost Rate is 62% of
wages and salaries (this does not include fringe benefits). Please keep
in mind that changes to salary amounts will affect the indirect amount
and may cause other budget lines to decrease (or increase) to make up
the difference. The departmental indirect allocations are as follows:
External Grants with No Hendrix Cash Match–
25% indirect to the department of the P.I. to offset departmental expenses
75% indirect to Hendrix College to offset administration expenses
External Grants with Hendrix Cash Match–
100% indirect to Hendrix College to offset administrative expenses.
Once cash match is covered by the indirect allocation, the indirect
allocation will go to 25% to the department and 75% to Hendrix to offset
Please keep in mind the time needed to review and approve the grant budget proposals before submitting the grant. The minimum time of one business week is appropriate for this review-budget approval process.
External Grant Awarded Process
the grant has been awarded, proper documentation must be sent to the
Grants Manager in the Business Office. Signed contracts, including
budget information, must be included in the documentation.
Cash or In-kind Match must have written approval from the Hendrix
Provost and V.P. of Business and Finance Office prior to the grant being
submitted. This approval must be included with this grant award
material (see above in proposal section).
Please note that all Hendrix Match (cash or in-kind) must be satisfied by the expiration date of the awarded grant.
Account and Project Codes
the Business Office has received all grant documentation and approvals
are on file, the expense accounts and project codes will be created.
These accounts will be forwarded to the P.I. at which time the funds
will be available for expenditures. No work or purchases should be done
prior to receiving approval from the Grants Manager in the Business
Grant Funds/Checks Received
and all payments received for external grants should be made out to
Hendrix College and should be sent directly to the Grants Manager in the
Business Office for processing. Please indicate to the granting agency
that checks should be sent directly to the Business Office in attention
to the Grants Manager.
Extensions/Revisions of Existing Grants
extension requests and/or revisions to the grant (this includes budget
revisions) will need to be forwarded to the Business Office in order to
update the records and maintain compliance with the grant guidelines.
All extensions MUST be approved by the granting agency and the Business
Office MUST receive documentation from the granting agency. If the
granting agency allows the grant to stay open until all funds are
expensed, we must receive documentation from the granting agency
approving expenditures past the expiration date.
expenditures need to be approved by the granting agency as listed in
the contract and need to be expensed through the Business Office within
the grant award contract dates. Any expenditures charged prior to or
after the contract dates will not be expensed through the grant accounts
without written authorization by the granting agency. See page 11 for
details on expenditures near the expiration date of the awarded grant.
NOTE: While Hendrix is non-profit, the college IS NOT exempt from sales tax. Hendrix must pay taxes on items purchased even if the vendor does not charge tax. Please keep this in mind when budgeting remaining funds.
Salaries—see above in Proposal section
Benefits—see above in Proposal section
are considered tangible property other than equipment, costing less
than $1,000 and are necessary to carry out the project allowable by the
is determined as tangible, nonexpendable property having a useful life
of more than one year and an acquisition cost of at least $1,000 or more
per unit. Equipment purchased through external grant funds is
considered property of Hendrix College.
There are certain types of expenditures that are allowable as reimbursable expenses by the college. They are the following:
Diem at a rate of $35 per day. This means that no receipts may be
turned in for reimbursement for meals, snacks or beverages of any kind
(i.e. water, coffee, tips, etc). Travel plans should include at least
six hours in a given day to be eligible for the entire per diem rate for
- Direct Meal Reimbursement – This option can be used
in place of per diem, with provided original itemized receipts. The tip
cannot exceed 20% of total meal cost.
- Mileage of Personal
Vehicle at a rate of .58 per mile*. Please note that this is in place of
gasoline, which cannot be claimed at the same time unless there was a
rental car in addition to a personal vehicle (i.e. mileage to and from
airport). *Our current rate is updated by the IRS Standard Mileage Rate.
- Miscellaneous Transportation Costs (i.e. taxi, shuttle, bus fare, etc)
- Car Rentals
- Conference Registration and Fees
note that toiletry items (i.e. shampoo, hair cuts, clothing items, etc)
are not considered allowable business expenses and will not be
reimbursed by the college. If you are not sure if an item is allowed,
please contact the business office for a determination.
Other Direct Costs—These expenses should be detailed in the grant proposal as to not be misrepresented in the expense accounting procedure.
Indirect Costs—See above in Proposal section.
Monthly Financial Statements
Business Office works on a monthly basis for updating each of our
external and internal grants. All expenditures are recorded on monthly
statements and forwarded to the P.I. for review. Please contact the
Grants Manager in the Business Office for any questions or concerns you
may have regarding these statements. A detail of expenditures report
will be available upon request.
Financial Reporting to Grantor
financial reports and the due dates to the grantor should be included
in the grant contract. The Business Office will record the due date and
work with the P.I. to process reports to the grantor in a timely manner.
Expiration of Grant
to the grant expiration date, the P.I. should contact the Business
Office to verify any upcoming expenditures and the funds balance. All
products must be ordered, on site and received by the grant expiration
date. All invoices/payment requests (for the grant or any Hendrix Match)
MUST be submitted for payment within two weeks of the expiration date.
Any expenses/invoices that arrive to the Business Office after the
contract end date may not be charged to this related grant and will be
charged to the following year of the grant or the P.I.’s departmental
budget. This process will ensure that final expenditures and the final
financial reports will be completed accurately and remain in compliance
with the Awarded Grant Policy.
extensions MUST be approved by the granting agency and the Grants
Manager MUST receive documentation from the granting agency. If the
granting agency allows the grant to stay open until all funds are
expensed, the Grants Manager must receive documentation from the
granting agency approving expenditures past the expiration date.