Some grants limit spending of funds, for example, on buying a computer. Others are a little more open.
I have heard from colleagues that some funding agencies want to see that the university supports the researcher, so offering grant matching or access to facilities is a way to demonstrate this.
At least in the U.S., are there any written expectations from agencies of support for researchers (otherwise, are there standard practices)?
For example, is it expected that researchers buy chairs and desks through their grant? I can see an argument for large equipment, then possibly computer components, etc., and at some point it moves to furniture, light bulbs, window shades.