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Policy on Indirect Costs

Longview Philanthropy maintains a policy that limits indirect costs (‘overhead’) as follows:

For universities, community  colleges and other grantee organisations: maximum 10% rate, i.e. indirect costs may not exceed 10% of total direct costs.


Longview Philanthropy defines indirect costs as expenses related to the general operations and administration of an organisation, which are not directly allocated to or identified with a specific project.


Example Calculation

To explain how our indirect costs policy works, here’s an example calculation.


Let’s say you want to request a £110 grant and your indirect costs are £10. This would fit exactly within our policy, since the direct costs (direct costs = total - indirect costs) are £100, and the indirect costs are 10/100=10%.

However, if the total grant amount was £100 including indirect costs of £10, then that would be too high, since the direct costs would be £90, and 10/90=~11%.


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