Federal Resources

Federal Resources

Official Federal Government Web Sites
To better develop a grant proposal, search a department or agency's Home Page to learn more about its programs and objectives. Some government departments or agencies have Web pages specifically designed for specific types of grantseekers (see below).

Grants.gov (Dept. of Health and Human Services)
A pilot site for the federal government's E-Grants initiative (FedBizOps) which will provide potential grant applicants with a single location for finding federal funding opportunities, applying for and managing federal grants, as well as facilitating "the quality, coordination, effectiveness and efficiency of operations for grant makers and grant recipients."

Homeland Security Grants and Training (Dept. of Homeland Security)
Provides information on federal homeland security and public safety grant opportunities, whether administered by DHS or other departments and agencies. Critical state and local missions supported through these grants include the preparedness of first responders and citizens, public health, infrastructure security, and other public safety activities. Department of Homeland Security grants listed include those administered by the Office of Domestic Preparedness (ODP), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Other Federal agency programs include the Department of Health and Human Services' public health preparedness grants, Department of Justice grants for counter-terrorism and general-purpose law enforcement activities, and Environmental Protection Agency grants for enhancing the security of our Nation's water supplies.

U.S. Business Advisor (Small Business Administration)
Small Business Administration Web page intended to provide business with one-stop access to federal government information, services, and transactions. Covers business development, laws and regulations, international trade, work place issues, and buying and selling.

USA.gov Government-to-Government (for State and Local Governments; GSA)
Thousands of grants and loans are made by the federal government to state and local governments and other public entities. This site provides one-stop access to grants management and federal assistance programs, in addition to resources about acquisition and procurement, financial management, and taxes.

USA.gov for Nonprofits (GSA)
Links to federal department and agency information and services to assist nonprofit organizations. Examples:

  • USDA Nonprofit Gateway
  • Small Business Administration
  • Education: Grants and Contracts
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Health and Human Services
  • Housing and Urban Development: Funding
  • Interior Department Nonprofit Gateway
  • Justice Department Community Support and Grants
  • Labor Department Nonprofit Information Gateway
  • National Institutes of Health Grants
  • Transportation: Grants Information & Policy

Federal Register (National Archives)

The Federal Register, printed each business day, publishes updates and notices affecting federal assistance programs. Scroll down to check current year; scroll down further to enter Catalog program number, or subject/keyword "AND CFDA" in Search Terms box.

Federal Funding Report (House Information Resources)
Weekly compilation of items published in the Federal Register which affect federal domestic assistance programs. The summary consists of three parts:(1) Federal Register Summary, (2) Early Warning Grants Report, and (3) Disaster Loan Applications.

Notices of Funding Availability  (via Department of Agriculture)
Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs) are announcements that appear in the Federal Register inviting applications for federal grant programs. This page allows you to generate a customized listing of NOFAs by date, by broad subject terms, or by department/agency.

OMB Grants Management Web Site (Office of Management and Budget)
OMB establishes government-wide grants management policies and guidelines through circulars and common rules. OMB Circulars are cited in Catalog program descriptions: some program descriptions on the Internet version of the Catalog link directly to OMB Circulars required for program management, others just give OMB Circular numbers, which may then be printed fulltext from this Web site.