The Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM) recently published a CCAM Federal Fund Braiding Guide. Federal fund braiding for local match, also referred to as federal fund braiding, allows grant recipients to use funds from one federal program to meet the match requirements of another.
Section 200.306(b) of Title 2, Code of Federal Regulations, prohibits federal fund braiding for local match “except where the federal statute authorizing a program specifically provides that federal funds made available for such program can be applied to matching or cost sharing requirements of other federal programs.”
CCAM members examined 61 programs of the 130 federal programs that may provide funding for human service transportation for people with disabilities, older adults, and/or individuals of low income. Based on the input from each participating agency, this guide defines federal fund braiding for local match and program eligibility to enable federal agencies and federal grant recipients to more effectively manage federal funds and coordinate human service transportation.
The CCAM conducted Program Analysis Working Sessions with federal CCAM sub-agencies to clarify and document which federal program statutes expressly provide this authorization. Participating sub-agencies included:
- Department of Transportation (DOT)
- Department of Justice (DOJ)
- Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
- Department of Agriculture (USDA) and
- Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)