Mayor Adrian M. Fenty today introduced the City-Wide Grants Manual and Sourcebook (Grants Manual) , which establishes grantmaking policies and procedures for all agencies, boards and commissions, government offices and departments subject to the Mayor’s authority. The Grant Manual provides the executive branch with uniform procedures for selecting grant recipients and monitoring the use of District funds.
“The District of Columbia government depends on grant funds to support a wide range of programs and services,” said Mayor Fenty. “By implementing new policies described in the Grants Manual, we will improve our ability to identify deserving grant recipients and ensure that they provide the highest quality services to District residents.”
Grant funds comprise approximately one-fourth of the District’s annual budget. They contribute significantly to government’s ability to meet the needs of its most vulnerable citizens. The Grants Manual is designed to support greater accountability and efficiency in allocating and monitoring the expenditure of District funds. The Grants Manual establishes uniform procedure for: the selection process of grantees or sub-grantees, the contents of grant agreement documents and compliance reports for the grantmaking process.
Pursuant to the Mayor’s Order signed today, December 30, 2009, District government agencies subject to the Mayor’s authority will have 45 days to come into compliance with policies included in the Grants Manual.
“Today’s announcement is especially timely in view of the recent DC Auditor’s Report on the need for improvements to the District’s earmark grantmaking process. That report contained a number of recommendations that closely follow the procedures and policies that are included in the Grants Manual,” said Attorney General Nickles. “We also anticipate that Robert Bennett’s report on the earmark grantmaking process will make similar recommendations. The policies and procedure put in place today will capture these much needed reforms not only for earmarks, but for grantmaking activities throughout the government.”
To view the Grants Manual and Sourcebook select here.