In-Kind contributions

Grant Term

Grant funded projects often use a mix of cash and in-kind contributions to achieve the project goals. These contributions could be goods and services such as labor, equipment, needed supplies, or the use of facilities such as a laboratory for research.

Depending on the grantor’s rules, in-kind contributions can count as part of matching funds. Startups often find it difficult to find cash for matching funds, which is why in-kind contributions can be so important.

Different grants have different rules for how these can be counted. For example:

  • what is the proportion of in-kind contributions that can be counted as equal to cash?
  • what precisely are the allowed types of contributions?
  • What is the method for valuing contributions such as the hourly rates attributed to volunteers, used equipment, or a contributing organization’s overhead?

Don Gooding

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