[UPDATE: November 16, 2020]
The government grants and contracts landscape has become more precarious as the months have gone by without any new injections of desperately needed financial help for state and local governments (which award and administer many grants typically relied on by nonprofits.)
Whether or not there will be any new money appropriated by Congress before Inauguration Day is unknown. After January 20, 2021, there will be a sympathetic White House (and possibly a change of leadership in the Senate) that could facilitate more aid. In any event, the change of administration may mean an entirely different situation for future grants and contracts.
[UPDATE: May 5, 2020]
Nonprofits as well as federal agencies are attempting to navigate the new rules applicable to grants and contracts.
[April 3, 2020]
In a memorandum on March 9, 2020, the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) gave agencies authority to temporarily relax certain requirements for existing grants and cooperative agreements that involve “essential research and services necessary to carry out the emergency response related to COVID-19.”
On March 19, 2020, the OMB issued another directive extending this leniency more broadly to recipients “affected by the loss of operational capacity and increased costs due to the COVID-19 crisis.”
The memo is “intended to allow agencies to provide federal award recipients with some flexibility on certain requirements and costs during this challenging time.” It specifies 12 different types of leniency and accommodation.