How to Identify Grant Programs
HOW TO IDENTIFY GRANT PROGRAMS
The federal government announces all grant programs through it official publication called the Federal Register (www.gpoaccess.gov/fr.) 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 www.gpoaccess.gov/fr 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. www.grants.gov
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) www.usaid.gov
Corporation for National and Community (CNCS) www.nationalservice.gov
Department of Agriculture www.usda.gov
Department of Commerce (DOC) www.commerce.gov
Department of Defense (DOD) www.defense.gov
Department of Education www.ed.gov
Department of Energy www.energy.gov
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) www.hhs.gov
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) www.dhs.gov
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) www.hud.gov
Department of the Interior (DOI) www.doi.gov
Department of Justice (DOJ) www.justice.gov
Department of Labor (DOL) www.dol.gov
Department of State www.state.gov
Department of Transportation (DOT) www.dot.gov
Department of Treasury www.ustreas.gov
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) www.va.gov
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) www.epa.gov
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) www.imls.gov
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) www.nasa.gov
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) www.archives.gov
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) www.nea.gov
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) www.neh.gov
National Science Foundation (NSF) www.nsf.gov
Small Business Administration (SBA) www.sba.gov
Social Security Administration (SSA) www.ssa.gov
The Department of Education (www.ed.gov) 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). www.cfda.gov
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.