Generally, grant makers provide applicants with a budget form. All that is necessary is to fill in the blanks. Over the years, we have worked with hundreds of budget forms. At first glance, it can seem as though there is a tremendous variety, but looking with care will show that layout and formatting aside, there simply cannot be that much difference among budget forms. There are only so many ways to categorize the expenses of a project. But, however one decides to group the expenses, the categories become line items, and the sum of all the direct cost line items always becomes the total direct costs. Adding the indirect costs to the direct costs always yields the total costs.
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