Last month, the Center asked for your input on challenges nonprofits are experience with state grants and contracts. Dozens of organizations responded with a variety of concerns, including late contracts, late payments, underpayment for indirect costs, burdensome application and reporting requirements, midstream changes to contract outcomes and deliverables, and lack of clear communication (and some examples of state agencies that are particularly good partners with nonprofits).
Based on your feedback, Senator Jim Burgin (R-Harnett) filed a bill (S.894
) that would address many of the issues that nonprofits have experienced with their grants and contracts with the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Here is a more detailed summary
of what the bill would do. The Center is continuing to work with legislators and DHHS to try to get a version of that bill passed.
Additionally, the Center is working with our partners in state government to help identify potential solutions to concerns that nonprofits have expressed about their grants and contracts with state agencies other than DHHS. The input we have received to date has been helpful in starting that conversation (and in identifying which state agencies should be a part of it).
As we continue that conversation, we encourage all nonprofits with contracts with state agencies to please let us know your experiences with your state grants and contracts
. It would be helpful to hear about both challenges nonprofits have experienced and about examples of state agencies or programs that are particularly good partners with nonprofit grantees/contractors. It is especially helpful if you can let us know the state agency/division with which your nonprofit has a grant or contract and share as many specifics as possible. Thank you if you have already shared your nonprofit's experience with the Center.