I had the opportunity to work in a Head Start program back in the early 1990s. At the time, the hot (and by hot, I mean what the monitors were focusing on) topic was in-kind. And decades later, it’s still the hot topic! We are asked all the time, “What is allowable in-kind?”
Although there is not a list, think about going above and beyond parents volunteering in the classroom (which is a dwindling resource anyway, right?!?!?).
What do you currently pay for out of your federal funds to keep your Head Start/Early Head Start program operational? Think programmatic:
If you already pay for it out of your program budget but can get it donated to your agency instead, that’s a great first step to obtaining allowable in-kind.
From “to-do list” to “to-done list” time: I challenge you to go back to your team during your meetings (leadership, management, policy council, board, etc.) and identify at least one thing you buy with federal funds that you will work toward purchasing as in-kind instead.
Wishing you a wonderful day,
Tammy Jelinek has over 20 years of experience working in and with grant-funded and fee-for-services nonprofit organizations. She has trained nationally in the areas of OMB Uniform Guidance, Head Start/Early Head Start Act and program performance standards, parent/volunteer involvement, and more. And Tammy has a passion for helping programs help the families they serve! Learn more at wipfli.com/ngp.
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