How to Identify Grant Programs


The federal government announces all grant programs through it official publication called the Federal Register ( The Federal Register is published weekly Monday through Friday, and federal agencies make grant announcements to the public within this document. The Federal Register also includes other federal information such as new rules and regulations.

Interested applicants can access the Federal Register daily and begin by reviewing the Table of Contents for new grant announcements. A federal agency will publish a grant announcement on one day and one day only. Announcements are archived and interested applicants can search the Federal Register online for relevant grants. Interested applicants can also register to be placed on a List Serv at and the Table of Contents will be emailed daily to the subscriber. There is no fee for this service.

The federal government also operates an official website, GRANTS.GOV, where grant seekers can not only search for federal grant announcements but also submit federal grant applications electronically.

Next, grant seekers can identify federal grant program opportunities through federal agency web sites: Click here to see Grant Making Agencies.

Agency for International Development (USAID)
Corporation for National and Community (CNCS)
Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce (DOC)
Department of Defense (DOD)
Department of Education
Department of Energy
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Department of the Interior (DOI)
Department of Justice (DOJ)
Department of Labor (DOL)
Department of State
Department of Transportation (DOT)
Department of Treasury
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Social Security Administration (SSA)

The Department of Education ( is one federal agency that publishes a forecast of funding opportunities during the current fiscal year (October 1-September 30.) Most federal agencies do not publish such forecasts, and applicants can expect only to know about the grant programs as they are announced.

Another important resource for helping to identify federal grant programs is a government document called the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).
Unlike the Federal Register that lists current grant announcements, the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance is an historical document listing all federal grant programs. Every federal grant program is assigned a CFDA number, and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance provides a description about each program.

Since federal grants tend to be announced the same time each year, the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance is a good starting point to identify grant programs of interest. A potential applicant can become familiar with the program and begin planning so it is ready to begin the application process when a grant program is announced.

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