What questions should I be asking and to whom and what is my authority? Involves up front payment with an identical progress payment mid way.
The important thing to note from Ask-a-Professor is that the Federal Acquisition Regulation is not involved, as appropriated funds are not being used. There may be some stipulations to consider in connection with the Mellon Fund grant that should be considered, but that's beyond our scope here. You need to consult with your organization's legal counsel so he/she can draw up a contract between your organization and the painter.
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