Foundation Policy on Indirect Cost Recovery

ECMC Foundation supports grants that most efficiently and successfully fulfill our mission of "affecting educational outcomes for underserved populations through evidence-based innovations." Grantees are encouraged to submit projects dedicated to utilizing funds for "direct" costs and minimizing "indirect" costs.


Direct Costs
Direct costs are only associated with the development and implementation of the project itself; they are the costs required to initiate, maintain and evaluate the project. Direct costs are not separate from the grant-funded project and are integral to the project's success. Examples may include staff wages, communication and travel costs, materials, supplies and equipment necessary for fulfillment of project goals.

Indirect Costs
Indirect costs are often referred to as F & A costs (facilities and administration) and are not required for implementation of the project, but instead are peripherally related. Examples include general fees, such as rent for overall operations, insurance, legal support, utilities, and supplies not necessary for project, and salaries or benefits for staff not integral to project implementation.


ECMC Foundation is only willing to pay indirect costs under limited and specific circumstances, and only to colleges and universities (including community colleges), and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Indirect costs cannot exceed 10 percent of the grant proposal and applicants must include a detailed explanation of necessity for each included line item if the proposal reaches this threshold. Grant proposals should include specific explanation for indirect costs and focus upon utilizing funds for the project itself. ECMC Foundation will not pay indirect costs for government agencies, other private foundations or for-profit organizations.