Can a private foundation make a grant to a government agency?

Yes. Private foundations can fund the charitable activities of government agencies or units of government (e.g., public libraries, fire departments), and can do so without using expenditure responsibility. Your foundation should request a copy of the document (e.g., legislative action) that shows the grantee’s governmental status. Be sure the grant agreement states that the grant is earmarked for a specific charitable purpose.

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