A federal grant is an award of financial assistance from a federal agency to a recipient to carry out a public purpose of support or stimulation authorized by a law of the United States. Thousands of federal programs are available to assist state and local governments, nonprofit social service groups, and community based organizations. This assistance takes many forms, including direct funding, low-interest loans, surplus property, technical advice and assistance, and resources. Individuals needing help with personal financial obligations are not eligible, although small business owners may seek some forms of assistance.
My office is happy to provide appropriate assistance in helping East Texans apply for funding opportunities. In many cases, I am able to provide a letter of support for organizations and entities in supplement to their federal grant application. Please submit your requests well in advance of the application deadline so that we may have enough time to properly meet your requests. Organizations and communities interested in a letter of support may contact my Washington, DC office toll-free at (866) 535-6302.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)
The Catalog (CFDA) describes some 1,500 federal domestic assistance programs administered by the departments and agencies of the federal government. For each program listed, the Catalog defines objectives of the program, eligibility requirements, the application and award process, post-award requirements, program accomplishments, and examples of funded projects.
Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
The Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships facilitates relationships between government and non-profit organizations, including faith-based and neighborhood organizations, but connecting many departments to operate programs that serve Americans in need for which faith-based and community organizations may apply. Many are "formula grants" made available to state and local governments, which in turn award grants to grassroot and local organizations. To apply, contact local and State agencies responsible for managing these programs.
Federal Funds Express
The House of Representatives provides a list of recommended sources of information for researching grants, procurement, and other resources of funding on the internet.
Today's Federal Register and Archives (Grantsmanship Center)
Today’s Federal Register offers a daily update of current grant announcements, department and agency announcements of grant application review meetings, grant awards, deadlines, requests for comments on agency procedures, new rule reminders, and special events. Registration is free.
Business and Nonprofit Gateway
The US Government's Official Web Portal offers online access of Federal government information services for Businesses and Nonprofits.
U.S. State and Local Gateway
The US Government's Official Web Portal provides state and local governments easy access to Federal government information - included Federal partnership program links for states, city management, counties, legislatures, governors, cities, and mayors.
Resources For Nonprofits
Network for Good is a not-for-profit organization and website that provides information to real opportunities for donation, volunteering and getting involved with issues that matter to you.
The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center provides information on private philanthropy in the US. The site offers instruction on funding research, proposal writing tips, tools for locating prospective funders, news and research on the field, and much more.