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The 2018 CIG application period opened Dec. 18 and closes at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Feb 26. The full application package, instructions and submission information is posted on Below are additional documents that applicants may find helpful in preparing CIG applications.

Watch this webinar for 2018 CIG applicants to learn more about the program and application process. (60 minutes long)

This list of frequently asked questions and answers for 2018 CIG applicants was written after the recent webinar.

The sample documents provided below are provided as guides. They are not required formats.

The budget narrative provides a detailed explanation of how the funds included in the budget will be used (both Federal and non-Federal).  This budget narrative must be consistent with the SF-424A form and the direct and indirect budget categories. 

The narrative must also reflect the value of any third-party in-kind contributions of property or services, which may not be charged to the Federal award either as a direct or indirect cost (2 CFR 200.434) (and is not listed in Section B of the SF-424), but is being used to meet cost sharing/matching requirements.  See Section B of the SF-424A instructions for additional detail. 

The budget narrative will be incorporated into any resultant agreement and must reflect the total of both the Federal and non-Federal shares.

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