This is from an email that my program officer sent me (hope it helps!):
Use of Federal grant funds to pay for food--
1. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-21
(section J. item 28 under professional activity costs) states that
"costs of meetings and conferences, when the primary purpose is the
dissemination of technical information, are allowable. This includes
costs of meals, transportation, rental of facilities and other items
incidental to such meetings or conferences.
2. Most grantees want to use Title III funds to pay for food
when faculty/staff are attending a few hours or all day training
session. May they do so? It's obvious from the quote in the item above
that the only time "costs of meals" is allowed, is when the grantee is
holding a meeting of conference when the primary purpose is the
dissemination of technical information.
3. Why do many business offices at colleges and universities
NOT allow Title III coordinators to charge food costs to the grant?
It's pretty obvious that that is the case because of one very important
precedent---the colleges do NOT ROUTINELY PAY FOR SUCH COSTS THEMSELVES.
In other words, if faculty are meeting to work on a certain
Department's plans for the year or to revise certain curricula, very
seldom would they simply go out and buy lots of food for themselves and
then charge it to the college. Grantees should follow the college's or
university's ordinary policies and procedures. Not to do so could be
viewed very negatively by other faculty members who are not part of a
Title III project. They could easily be looked upon as a "special club"
that gets to do things that no one else at the college can do.
Title III Project Director
2400 W. Bradley Ave.
Champaign, IL 61821-1899
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I recall hearing at the Title III workshop last month that meals were a
no-no. I assume that means unless it was associated with travel
Director of Information Systems
Southeast Arkansas College
1900 Hazel Street
Pine Bluff, AR 71603
Phone: (870) 543-5964
Fax: (870) 543-5927
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From: US Department of Education Title III List Server
[mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Cecelia
Sent: Friday, March 12, 2004 1:10 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Meal Costs for Title III Workshop
Did you include various travel / workshops in your proposal? If not,
need to get approval from your Program Officer. If this is an all day
to meet your objectives, then it should be acceptable. If this is just
gathering around the lunch hour, then I would suggest using a different
source. You should also check with your business office. Our
an account code in place to use for restricted fund catering.
> We are having a workshop off campus to introduce our twenty-five
> faculty to our Title III Skills Assessment program, a major focus of
> We are having the event at a local museum, which is charging us $50
> large meeting room, and $325 for lunch. Can these expenese be charged
> Title III account?
> I see in OMB Circular A-21 that entertainment is not allowed, but
> anything in a cursory review that prohibits the meal and room
> Thanks for your help.
> Johnny McMoy
> Director of Institutional Advancement