Communicating and Acknowledging Federal Funding

As a grant-making agency, HRSA achieves its mission through partnerships with states, local governments, community organizations, and others. Reporting the outcomes of HRSA-funded projects and communicating the role of HRSA support increases public understanding of how HRSA works with award recipients and other stakeholders to achieve its mission “to improve health and achieve health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce and innovative programs.”

Pursuant to the FY 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Public Law 115-141), it is also a requirement and the responsibility of grant and cooperative agreement recipients to acknowledge HRSA when describing projects or programs funded in whole or in part with HRSA funds.

The law outlines requirements for acknowledging Federal funding for a variety of products, including, but not limited to:

  • Press releases and other public statements
  • Publications and other documents including:
    • Toolkits/Resource guides
    • Websites
    • Visual presentations
  • Requests for proposals
  • Bid solicitations

The Act reads as follows:

"When issuing statements, press releases, requests for proposals, bid solicitations and other documents describing projects or programs funded in whole or in part with federal money, all grantees receiving federal funds included in this Act, including but not limited to state and local governments and recipients of federal research grants, shall clearly state – (1) the percentage of the total costs of the program or project which will be financed with federal money; (2) the dollar amount of federal funds for the project or program; and (3) percentage and dollar amount of the total costs of the project or program that will be financed by non-governmental sources."

As such, below are a few examples of acknowledgement statements that HRSA recommends. Please note, the dollar amount of the award, percentage financed with non-governmental sources, and disclaimer must be included in your acknowledgment statement.

General Structure of Acknowledgement Statement

  • This [project/publication/program/website, etc.] [is/was] supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $XX with XX percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.

Examples:

  • This website is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,902,040 with 0 percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.
  • This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $8,500,000 with 60 percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.
  • This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2,724,632 with 0 percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.

If you have any questions regarding the acknowledgement language that you should use in your particular situation, please contact your Project Officer whose contact information can be found on your Notice of Award.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Should the acknowledgement statement reflect the specific cost of the publication where it appears or the overall amount of the award?

A: While the acknowledgement statement will appear on specific documents and other communications, it is not necessary to calculate the precise cost of developing that document given the challenges in isolating the costs. Instead, an acknowledgement reflecting the overall amount of the grant or cooperative agreement can be used to meet the requirement.

Q: HRSA has provided recommended examples above. Am I required to use one of those examples?

A: The examples above have been developed to help awardees comply with the requirements. If you wish to use different language, we suggest you consult with your Project Officer to ensure your alternative language complies with the statutory requirement. Your Project Officer's contact information can be found on your Notice of Award.

Date Last Reviewed:  October 2018


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