How to Apply for a Subgrant

LSC accepts applications to subgrant Basic Field and Special Grant Funds. All components of the subgrant application must be submitted through GrantEase.

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Overview

If you are a current or prospective LSC grantee looking for general guidance on subgrants click here.

Reminder:  LSC grantees may subgrant up to $20,000 in LSC funds without submitting an application for prior approval. 45 CFR 1627.4(a)(1). All subgrants of LSC funds, however, are subject to LSC’s regulations, guidelines, and instructions.

Applications to Subgrant 2022 Basic Field Grant Funds

Applicants to subgrant 2022 Basic Field Grant Funds must be submitted through GrantEase at https://grantease.lsc.gov/. Only current or prospective recipients of LSC Basic Field Grants may apply for subgrant approval. All applicants must provide answers to the application questions in GrantEase and upload the following documents: 

Applicants seeking to subgrant to a new subrecipient that is not a current LSC Grantee, or to renew a subgrant with an organization that is not a current LSC Grantee in a year in which the applicant is required to submit a full funding application, must also upload: 

  • The subrecipient's accounting manual; 
  • The subrecipient's most recent audited financial statements; 
  • The subrecipient's current cost allocation policy (if not in the accounting manual); and 
  • The subrecipient's 45 CFR § 1627.5(c) recordkeeping policy (if not in the accounting manual).

A list of the subgrant application questions, the Subgrant Agreement Template, and the Subgrant Budget Template can be found at the following links: 

LSC grantees applying to renew an existing subgrant must complete both the Base Application Form and Renewal Form. LSC encourages applicants to use LSC's Subgrant Agreement Template as a model subgrant agreement. If the applicant does not use LSC's Template, the proposed agreement must include, at a minimum, the substance of the provisions of the Template.

Once submitted, LSC will evaluate the application and provide applicants with instructions on any needed modifications to the submitted documents or Draft Agreement provided with the application. The applicant must then upload a final and signed subgrant agreement through GrantEase by the date requested.

As required by 45 CFR § 1627.4(b)(1)(ii), LSC will inform applicants of its decision to disapprove or approve the subgrant no later than the date LSC informs applicants of LSC's 2022 Basic Field Grant funding decisions. 

Deadlines

Applications for approval to make subgrants of calendar year 2022 Basic Field Grant funds will be available the week of May 3, 2021. Applications must be submitted through GrantEase by 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on July 2, 2021.

For questions regarding this process, please email subgrants@lsc.gov. For technical assistance and website issues, email techsupport@lsc.gov. For questions or assistance with GrantEase, email GrantEaseSupport@lsc.gov

Applications to Subgrant 2021 Basic Field Grant Funds Starting After March 1, 2021 but Before January 1, 2022

Applications for approval to subgrant 2021 Basic Field Grant funds starting after March 1, 2021 but before January 1, 2022 must be submitted through GrantEase at https://grantease.lsc.gov/. Only current or prospective recipients of a LSC Basic Field Grant may apply for approval to subgrant these funds. 

All applicants must provide answers to the application questions in GrantEase and upload the following documents: 

Applicants seeking to subgrant to a new subrecipient that is not a current LSC grantee or applying to renew a subgrant with an orgniazation that is not a current LSC grantee in a year in which the applicant was not already required to submit the documents listed below as part of an application to subgrant LSC Basic Field funds, must also upload: 

  • The subrecipient's accounting manual;
  • The subrecipient's most recent audited financial statements; 
  • The subrecipient's current cost allocation policy (if not in the accounting manual); and 
  • The subrecipient's 45 CFR § 1635.3(c) recordkeeping policy (if not in the accounting manual).

The Subgrant Agreement Template and the Subgrant Budget Template can be found at the following links:

LSC encourages applicants to use LSC's Subgrantee Agreement Template as a model subgrant agreement. If the aplpicant does not use LSC's Template, the proposed agreement must include, at a minimum, the substance of the provisions of the Template. 

Once submitted, LSC will evaluate the aplication and provide applicants with instructions on any needed modifications to the submitted documents or Draft Agreement provided with the application. The applicant must then upload a final and signed subgrant agreement through GrantEase by the date requested.

As required by 45 CFR § 1627.4(b)(1)(ii), LSC will inform applicants of its decisions to disapprove, approve, or request modifications to the subgrant no later than the subgrant's proposed effective date.

Deadlines

An applicant must submit an application to make a subgrant of 2021 Basic Field Grant funds starting after March 1, 2021 but before January 1, 2022 at least 45 days in advance of the proposed effective date. See 45 CFR § 1627.4(b)(3).

For questions regarding this process, please email subgrants@lsc.gov. For technical and website issues, email techsupport@lsc.gov. For questions or assistance with GrantEase, email granteasesupport@lsc.gov.

Applications to Subgrant Special Grant Funds, including Technology Initiative Grant (TIG), Pro Bono Innovation Fund (PBIF), and Disaster Relief Grant Funds

Applications to subgrant Special Grant Funds must be submitted through GrantEase at https://grantease.lsc.gov/. Only current or prospective recipients of LSC Special Grants may apply for approval to subgrant these funds. 

All applicants must provide answers to the application questions in GrantEase and upload the following documents:

Applicants seeking to subgrant to a new subrecipient that is not a current LSC grantee or applying to renew a subgrant with an organization that is not a current LSC grantee in a year in which the applicant was not already required to submit the documents listed below as a part of an application to subgrant LSC Basic Field Grant fund, must also upload:

  • The subrecipient's accounting manual; 
  • The subrecipient's most recent audited financial statements; 
  • The subrecipient's current cost allocation policy (if not in the accounting manual); and 
  • The subrecipient's 45 CFR § 1635.3(c) recordkeeping policy (if not in the accounting manual).

A list of the subgrant application questions, the Subgrant Agreement Template, and the Subgrant Budget Template can be found at the following links:

LSC encourages applicants to use LSC's Subgrant Agreement Template as a model subgrant agreement. If the applicant does not use LSC's Template, the proposed agreement must include, at a minimum, the substance of the provisions of the Template. 

Once submitted, LSC will evaluate the application and provide applicants with instructions on any needed modifications to the submitted documents or Draft Agreement provided with the application. The applicant must then upload a final and signed subgrant agreement through GrantEase by the date requested.

As required by 45 CFR § 1627.4(b)(1)(ii), LSC will inform applicants of its decision to disapprove, approve, or request modifications to the subgrant no later than the subgrant's proposed effective date. 

Deadlines

An applicant must submit an application to make a subgrant of LSC Special Grant funds at least 45 days in advance of the subgrant's proposed effective date. See 45 CFR § 1627.4(b)(2).

For questions regarding this process, please email subgrants@lsc.gov. For technical and website issues, email techsupport@lsc.gov. For questions or assistance with GrantEase, email granteasesupport@lsc.gov.

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