An allowable cost is a cost that is necessary for a project. The cost must support the strategies and approaches outlined in the project design.
Unallowable costs are costs the government is unwilling to pay as a direct charge or through an indirect cost pool applied to the federal grant or contract. A grantee is not prohibited from incurring unallowable costs but they cannot be recovered either directly or indirectly under federal grants or contracts. Examples of unallowable costs are:
Food and beverage costsContracts over $150,000 that are not competed Consultant rates exceeding $650 per day
For more information, see the OJP Financial Guide at https://ojp.gov/financialguide/index.htm.
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