Financial Reporting Requirements

A list of report due dates tailored for a specific NEH grant or cooperative agreement (award) are located in eGMS Reach. The link for eGMS Reach is https://securegrants.neh.gov/eGMS-Reach/Login.aspx.  The “Report Schedule” document is located in the Documents tab.  All reports must be submitted electronically via eGMS Reach.

As a reminder, all project directors and institutional grant administrators (IGAs) are assigned eGMS Reach accounts, and their user names are shown next to their names (in parentheses) on the Official Notice of Action included with their award.  When accessing eGMS Reach for the first time, go to https://securegrants.neh.gov/eGMS-Reach/Login.aspx, click the “Sign in Help” link, and follow the on screen instructions.  An email message will be sent to you with a link to select a password.

Request for Advance or Reimbursement (SF 270)

Form

Recipients shall use the Request for Advance or Reimbursement (Standard Form 270)  (PDF) to request payment. Instructions for completion are located on page 2 of the form. The Automated Clearing House  ACH Vendor/Miscellaneous Payment Enrollment Form (Standard Form 3881) (PDF) that contains banking information must be submitted to NEH with the first request for payment (and to request changes to banking information).

Limit on Advance Payment

Per 2 CFR §200.305 (b)(1), recipients will be paid in advance, provided they maintain or demonstrate the willingness to maintain both written procedures that minimize the time elapsing between the transfer of funds and disbursement by the recipient, and financial management systems that meet the standards for fund control and accountability as established in this part. Advance payments must be limited to the minimum amounts needed and be timed to be in accordance with the recipient’s actual, immediate cash requirements in carrying out the purpose of the approved program or project. The timing and amount of advance payments must be as close as is administratively feasible to the actual disbursements by the recipient for direct program or project costs and the proportionate share of any allowable indirect costs. The non-Federal entity must make timely payment to contractors in accordance with the contract provisions.

Recipients that do not meet the requirement for advance payment will be informed of the alternate payment basis in their award documents.

Section 12 may be used to request advance payment that shall be limited to the recipient’s immediate cash needs as well as reimbursement. A reimbursement should appear as a negative amount on item 12.b. This makes item 12.c. the sum of the advance requested in item 12.a. and the reimbursement stated in item 12.b.

NEH reserves the right to withhold payments if the recipient fails to comply with the program objectives or the terms and conditions of the award (including timely submission of required reports), or if the recipient is indebted to the United States government.

Frequency

Recipients may submit payment requests whenever grant funds are needed. Requests for advance payment should be submitted to NEH's Accounting Office no earlier than fifteen days prior to the beginning of the period for which funds are requested. Recipients transmitting payment requests via e-mail or FAX should expect grant funds to be transferred to their banks within ten workdays.

Multiple Awards

Recipients who administer more than one NEH grant or cooperative agreement may consolidate their payment request on a single SF 270. The recipient must provide at the bottom of the form or on a separate sheet each federal award identification number (FAIN) for which payment is sought and the amount of payment requested for each award.

How to Submit

Recipients can fill out the SF 270 (PDF) and the SF 3881 (PDF) online, print copies for signature by the authorized certifying official, scan the signed copies and e-mail them to accounting@neh.gov or fax them to the NEH Accounting Office at (202) 688-2613. (Note: The submission of the SF 3881 is required only for the first request for payment, and to request changes to banking information.)

Interest

Per 2 CFR §200.305 (9), interest that is earned on advanced payments up to $500 per year may be retained by the recipient for administrative expenses. Interest earned in excess of $500 a year must be remitted annually to the Department of Health and Human Services.  Payment Management System (PMS) through an electronic medium using either the ACH network or a Fedwire Funds Service payment.  Remittances must include pertinent reference information (such as FAIN) and nature of payment in the memo area (often referred to as “addenda records” by Financial Institutions) as that will assist in the timely posting of interest earned on federal funds.  The remittance must be submitted as follows:

(i) For ACH Returns:

Routing Number: 051036706

Account number: 303000

Bank Name and Location: Credit Gateway—ACH Receiver St. Paul, MN

(ii) For Fedwire Returns*:

Routing Number: 021030004

Account number: 75010501

Bank Name and Location: Federal Reserve Bank Treas NYC/Funds Transfer Division New York, NY

(*Please note organization initiating payment is likely to incur a charge from their Financial Institution for this type of payment)

(iii) For International ACH Returns:

Beneficiary Account: Federal Reserve Bank of New York/ITS (FRBNY/ITS)

Bank: Citibank N.A. (New York)

Swift Code: CITIUS33

Account Number: 36838868

Bank Address: 388 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013 USA

Payment Details (Line 70): Agency Name (abbreviated when possible) and ALC Agency POC: Michelle Haney, (301) 492-5065.

Recipients that do not have electronic remittance capability should make the check payable to “The Department of Health and Human Services” and mail it to:

HHS Program Support Center

P.O. Box 530231

Atlanta, GA  30353-0231

NEH does not require the submission of a quarterly SF 272, Federal Cash Transactions Report; instead NEH uses the SF 270 to determine whether excessive amounts of federal funds (cash on hand) are being held.

Federal Financial Report (FFR) SF 425

Form and Requirement

The recipient will complete the Federal Financial Report (FFR), OMB Standard Form (SF) 425 to report expenditures and the financial status of the award, including program income earned and used.  Before submitting an FFR, the recipient must ensure that the information submitted is accurate, complete, and consistent with their accounting records.

Award funds paid to the recipient but remain unspent at the end of the award period must be promptly refunded to the NEH.

In some cases, the recipient may have to revise or amend a previously submitted FFR.  When the revision results in a balance due to NEH, the recipient must submit a revised FFR whenever the overcharge is discovered, no matter how much time has lapsed since the original due date of the report.  (See OMB Circular A-129 and 2 CFR §200.345 Collection of amounts due, for requirements regarding unreturned amounts that become delinquent debts.)  Revised expenditure reports representing additional expenditures by the recipient that were not reported to NEH within the 90-day time frame may be submitted to with an explanation for the revision.  The explanation also should indicate why the revision is necessary and describe what action is being taken by the recipient to preclude similar situations in the future.  If an adjustment is to be made, the NEH will advise the recipient of actions it will take to reflect the adjustment.

Frequency and Due Dates

The due dates for the required financial and performance reports for an award are located in eGMS Reach. The link for eGMS Reach is https://securegrants.neh.gov/eGMS-Reach/Login.aspx.  The “Report Schedule” document is located in the Documents tab. 

A final FFR must be submitted within ninety (90) calendar days after the end date of the period of performance

How to Submit

All FFRs must be completed online and submitted by the institutional grant administrator through eGMS Reach.  Click the pen icon next to the report name.  If the pen icon is not visible, you do not have permission to submit the report.