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SSBG Terms and Conditions Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars

Published: June 2, 2015
Social Services Block Grants (SSBG)
Guidance, Policies, Procedures, Terms and Conditions


Terms and Conditions

The award Terms and Conditions specifies the Federal Regulations of the Notice of Award (NoA). The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) awards two types of grants: discretionary and mandatory.

Discretionary grants permit the Federal government, according to specific authorizing legislation, to exercise judgment, or "discretion," in selecting the applicant/recipient organization, through a competitive grant process.

Mandatory grants are those that a Federal agency is required by statute to award if the recipient, usually a state, submits an acceptable State Plan or application and meets the eligibility and compliance requirements of the statutory and regulatory provisions of the grant program.

For your award's specific Terms and Conditions, please refer to the appropriate page:

Discretionary: Competitive Grants
Mandatory: Formula, Block and Entitlement Grants



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Last Reviewed: June 26, 2019