The Grants Management and Oversight Division (GMO) is responsible for guidance and policies related to competitive grant programs. This includes issuing guidance for:
This website serves as a learning pathway for effective management of federal grant funds throughout the full lifecycle. The resources found on this site will:
In addition to being responsible for issuing guidance and policies related to competitive grant programs, GMO also undertakes multiple initiatives in support of the federal-wide Cross Agency Priority Goals found on www.performance.gov. GMO strengthens internal controls and enhances management integrity across HUD’s programs. GMO improves management efficiencies by streamlining grant processes and procedures within HUD and across all federal programs in conjunction with the other 26 federal grant-making agencies. GMO provides perspective on grants management policy and supports the annual cycle of distributing HUD competitive funds in accordance with Congressional authorization and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance.
GMO operates within the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) for Systems. OCFO is responsible for driving organizational, programmatic, and operational change across the department to maximize agency performance. OCFO facilitates the department-wide strategic planning process with the Secretary, the senior leadership team, and external stakeholders.
The department-wide strategic planning process includes:
To carry out a variety of HUD community and economic development programs, HUD awards more than $45 billion each year through national competitions directly to local and state governments, non-profit and faith-based organizations, veterans service organizations, public housing agencies, Indian tribes, and others.
HUD funding is managed and administered by six program offices. You are encouraged to understand each office’s mission and funding strategies as well as become familiar with available resources to support your success.
GMO collaboratively works to transform and standardize the management of the HUD’s grant programs to ensure the success of the strategic objectives for transforming financial management, modernizing information technology, and modernizing grants management. Transformation will increase accountability, improve efficiency, and eliminate risk, resulting in optimization of over approximately $45 billion in appropriated funds.
This effort will build shared solutions that reduce burden and improve the user experience, hold recipients accountable for good performance practices that supports achievement of program goals and objectives, and streamline burdensome compliance requirements for those that demonstrate results.
Learn more about the HUD Grants Management Lifecycle. Download the infographic or review the information below.
You are encouraged to conduct a preliminary planning exercise using SAM.gov. To start:
In a given year, HUD issues as many as 40 NOFOs, each with its own publication and submission dates, application requirements, factors for award, and selection process. To be considered for funding you must respond to the current NOFO.
Each NOFO has a unique application package. There is not a generic application form package that can be downloaded and used for all grant application submissions. You must use the application form package associated with the NOFO to which you are applying and submit any other required information. Forms can be found on Grants.gov in the applicable Application Package or on the HUD’s forms resource page at HUDCLIPS.
Set aside time to read the NOFO and familiarize yourself with the requirements and instructions. Certain submission requirements in the NOFO are not curable.
Pay attention to the details. Pay particular attention to the review criteria and write your application keeping these review criteria in mind.
Align your proposal with evidence. Be familiar with available research and incorporate as necessary into your proposal.
Submit on time. Submit the NOFO by the deadline date and time through Grants.gov. Late applications will not be considered.
All programs have governing authorities, regulations and policies, and several key federal authorities that govern the federal grantmaking landscape. You are encouraged to learn more about the following overarching authorities that may impact your program of interest:
The Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999 will:
The intent is to empower every American with the ability to hold the government accountable for each spending decision to reduce wasteful spending in the government. The FFATA legislation requires information on federal awards (federal financial assistance and expenditures) to be made available to the public via a single, searchable website, which is USASpending.gov.
The FFATA Subaward Reporting System (FSRS) is the reporting tool federal prime awardees (i.e. prime contractors and prime grants recipients) use to capture and report subaward and executive compensation data regarding their first tier subawards to meet the FFATA reporting requirements. Prime contract awardees will report against sub-contracts awarded and prime grant awardees will report against sub-grants awarded. The subaward information entered in FSRS will then be displayed on USASpending.gov associated with the prime award furthering Federal spending transparency.
The DATA Act improves the quality and transparency of the federal government's award data. Lawmakers direct the Department of the Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to create government-wide standards for reporting spending data associated with federal awards. The law also requires that this data be channeled to a central, public database so that it can be easily accessed and tracked throughout an award's full lifespan – from a vote in Congress to its final disbursement.
The purpose of the GREAT Act is to:
The goal of the GONE Act is to close out expired grants. The GONE Act requires the OMB to instruct each agency, in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to submit a report to Congress and HHS by December 31 of the first calendar year beginning after this Act's enactment. Compliance with this Act requires program offices to close out grant funding timely and in according with the governing requirements. Grantees are encouraged to be familiar with federal close out requirements.
The FIBF is a model that enables the federal government to better coordinate and document common business needs across agencies and focus on outcomes, data, processes and performance. It is the essential first step toward standards that will drive economies of scale and leverage the government’s buying power. The FIBF is being developed and defined by cross-agency working groups. Expect more information shortly.
The two CFR revisions reflect the foundational shift outlined to set the stage for enhanced result‐oriented accountability for grants. This guidance is the beginning of a pivot towards actions geared to focus on improved stewardship and ensuring that the American people are receiving value for money spent on grant programs.
There are numerous of ways grantees and pass-through entities could learn more about grant writing, grants appropriating laws and regulations, monitoring grants, and grant audit preparation. Useful information can be found on Grants.gov and grant related courses are offered through companies such as but not limited to Management Concepts and the Graduate School USA.
For example, Management Concepts provides access to training and certificate programs related to grants management. The Grants Management Certificate Program has three curricula curated for federal employees, pass-through entities, and grantees. These courses include but are not limited to:
Grants.gov is an E-Government initiative operating under the governance of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and managed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The system provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. Today, the Grants.gov system houses information on over 1,000 grant programs and vets grant applications for federal grant-making agencies.
The General Services Administration (GSA) manages federal acquisition and awards processes in 10 online websites which have been merged into one. Beta.SAM.gov is the official U.S. government website for people who make, receive, and manage federal awards. This website has officially replaced FBO.gov, CFDA.gov and WDOL.gov.
The official page for HUD's grants and funding information. HUD awards discretionary funding through over 20 grant programs that support HUD initiatives.
The official page for HUD’s Grants Management and Oversight Division. There you will find access to HUD's guidance and policies related to competitive grant programs.
GrantSolutions is a grants and program management federal shared service provider that supports federal agencies throughout the entire grants lifecycle - from forecast and funds planning to closeout. GrantSolutions is committed to increasing grant making effectiveness and accountability by providing comprehensive and cost-effective grant technology solutions and consultative services though a collaborative partnership across the federal government.
HUD Standards for Success (SfS) is HUD’s standardized reporting framework for its discretionary-funded programs. The framework’s main tenets are:
HUD's Client Information Policy Systems (HUDCLIPS) is an online resource for forms, handbooks, policies, and other related information.
The Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Council is dedicated to coordinating financial assistance to effectively deliver, oversee, and report on grants and cooperative agreements, as well as sharing with executive departments and agencies best practices and innovative ideas for transforming the delivery of grant assistance.
The CFO Council offers a variety of Grants Training to support more efficient and effective federal grants management.
In November 2020, the CFO Council released the Crosswalk for 2 CFR Revisions to compare the revisions to Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (2 CFR) published in 85 FR 49506 on August 13, 2020 with the guidance that was previously published in the Code of Federal Regulations.
The official page for HUD guidance on developing a Code of Conduct. Federal regulations (2 CFR part 200) and HUD's Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA) for discretionary funds require non-federal entities receiving Federal assistance awards, excluding States, to develop and maintain written standards/codes of conduct covering conflicts of interest and governing the actions of its employees engaged in the selection, award and administration of contracts. No employee, officer, or agent may participate in the selection, award, or administration of a contract supported by a federal award if he or she has a real or apparent conflict of interest (2 CFR 200.318(c)(1)). HUD grantees are required to submit their code of conduct to HUD.