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An Introduction to the New Indirect Cost Rate Requirements for Centers for Independent Living

CIL-NET Presents… A National Teleconference & Webinar:

October 7, 2015; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Register online or by using the printable registration form (PDF).

IL-NET Logo - CIL-NET + SILC-NETThis July, the US Department of Health & Human Services sent notification to all Centers for Independent Living receiving federal funds that they would need to submit an indirect cost rate proposal instead of the cost allocation plans required by the US Department of Education. CIL-NET is coordinating this teleconference and webinar as the first-step in helping CILs prepare for the new requirements. Join us in October to learn the basics of indirect cost rates, determine if your CIL will need an indirect cost rate, and what you can do now to prepare and simplify the process.

This training is an overview of indirect cost rates and the new requirement for CILs. Future trainings will address the details of actually developing your CIL’s indirect cost rate proposal. 

As we are developing future training with more detail on Indirect Cost Rates, we are wondering if there are any CILs out there who have already begun the process with HSS for establishing an Indirect Cost Rate. If you have, please share your experience with Paula McElwee at or call 559-250-3082. Your experiences will help inform what we share with the field.

Registration Fee: $75.00. Fee is per site (connection) and does not apply per participant; registrants are encouraged to gather as many individuals as desired to participate by telephone or webcast.

Target Audience

CIL and SILC executive directors, financial and program managers, and other staff involved in accounting and management of CILs receiving federal awards.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe considerations in determining whether CILs need or would benefit from an indirect cost rate
  • Describe the process for determining whether CILs qualify for the new 10% de minimis indirect cost rate
  • Identify significant steps CILs can take to simplify their application for an indirect cost rate and ongoing communications to simplify the accounting process
  • Explain procedures that will be required to qualify for reimbursement of indirect costs

Meet Your Presenters

John Heveron is President of Heveron & Heveron CPAs. He has been serving non-profit organizations, including centers for independent living, small businesses and individuals since 1969 with design of financial reporting systems, entity planning, planning and reviewing audits, compliance audits and other audit services and assistance with indirect cost rates, as well as assisting with strategic planning. John keeps his technical skills sharp through writing and teaching. He has authored a CPA conference manual on Mastering the Nonprofit Environment – Accounting, Auditing and Taxation – for 19 years. He also authors Not For-Profit Alert, a quarterly newsletter with current information for nonprofits. John also presents seminars on non-profit issues for Independent Living Research Utilization, the National Council on Independent Living, the Foundation for Accounting Education, United Way of Greater Rochester, and many others.

Paula McElwee is the Technical Assistance Coordinator for the IL-NET project at ILRU. She previously served on the board of Resources for Independence of the Central Valley and served as interim executive director for four CILs in California, assisting the boards to transition to their next executive director. Paula has consulted with the California state association, California Foundation for Centers for Independent Living, and numerous centers throughout the state.


Presented by CIL-NET and SILC-NET: A program of the IL-NET national training and technical assistance project for Centers for Independent Living (CIL-NET) and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILC-NET). The IL-NET is operated by ILRU, Independent Living Research Utilization, in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL).

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