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Monday, April 15, 2013

Resources for Grantseekers

Merete F. Gerli
Information Research Specialist

This report describes key sources of information on government and private funding, and outlines eligibility for federal grants. Federal grants are intended for projects benefiting states and communities. Individuals may be eligible for other kinds of benefits or assistance, or small busineses and students may be eligible for loans. Free information is readily available to grantseekers, who generally know best the details of their projects. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) describes more than 2,200 federal programs, more than half of them grants, and can be searched by keyword, subject, department or agency, program title, beneficiary, and applicant eligibility. Federal department and agency websites provide additional information and guidance, and they provide state agency contacts. Once a program has been identified, eligible grantseekers may apply electronically for grants at the website through a uniform process for all agencies. Through, grantseekers may identify when federal funding notices and deadlines for a CFDA program become available, sign up for e-mail notification of funding opportunities, and track the progress of submitted applications.

Because government funds may be limited, the report also discusses sources of private and corporate foundation funding. The Foundation Center is a clearinghouse for information about private, corporate, and community foundations, with collections of resources in every state.

Included in this report are sources of information on writing grant proposals. See also CRS Report RL32159, How to Develop and Write a Grant Proposal, by Merete F. Gerli.

Sources described in this report are also included in the CRS website, Grants and Federal Domestic Assistance, by Luis A. DeCastro and Merete F. Gerli. Upon request, this web page may be added to a Member’s home page. For congressional staff, see also CRS Report RL34035, Grants Work in a Congressional Office, by Merete F. Gerli.

Date of Report: April 3, 2013
Number of Pages: 11
Order Number: RL34012
Price: $29.95

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