MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU)
A Memorandum of Understanding, while not a legally binding document, does indicate a
voluntary agreement to assist in the implementation plans of a grant funded collaborative project.
The agreement is between the lead agency/applicant and a partnering entity. It generally defines
the overall program goals and describes the collaborative nature and relationship between the
identified project and MOU-referenced participant.
The initial paragraphs should contain the following information:
Name of project
Name of agencies involved in the MOU
Identification of funding source
Identification of grant period
Project goals and key services to be provided
Project outcomes to be addressed
The body of the MOU should include the following five areas:
1) Term and conditions of the MOU should address the timeframe of agreement and, if
applicable, timetable for renewing commitment.
2) Identification of roles and responsibilities of the lead agency.