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An Introduction To Federal Grants
If you've heard about Federal Grants and always
wanted to apply for one, this article will introduce you to the Federal Grant
The first place to look for federal grants is the government, which provides the
largest number of grants to businesses and other organizations.
An excellent and comprehensive place to begin
your search for a federal grant is the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance,
or CFDA. This catalog offers 15 different types of federal domestic assistance,
including formula grants and project grants.
Formula grants are given to states "in accordance
with distribution formulas," and project grants provide funds for "specific
projects . . . [which] can include . . . research grants, training grants, . . .
technical assistance grants . . . and construction grants"
The above listed site gives
information on how to apply for federal assistance.
Essentially you use the search engine to find programs which
will meet your needs. It will give you information on what
the program offers and what you need to do to apply. It
gives information for contacting the agency offering the
grant so that you can find out directly from the source if
your grant proposal or project proposal meets their
parameters for funding, if there are funds available at the
current time, and answers to any other questions you might
have. If everything seems to match well, the next step is to
apply for the grant.
There is a standard form 424,
called the Application for Federal Assistance that you will
usually use, although certain agencies may have other forms
you will need to fill out as well. The CFDA also gives help
with writing the grant itself, and explains all the parts of
a grant proposal.
You should also check out
www.Grants.gov. This website lists all types of federal
grants that the government offers. It offers a search engine
that you can use to find grant opportunities, and you can
also download an application for writing a grant proposal
here as well.
In addition to the government, another place to look for
grants is foundations and non-profit organizations. There
are a couple of great websites that offer a lot of
information about grants available through foundations and
non-profits. One is The Foundation Center. One especially
unique and useful feature of this site is a listing, both in
a book form and online version, of Foundation Grants to
Individuals. This lists, all in one place, grants for
individuals rather than non-profit organizations. There is a
small subscription rate for the online service, and the book
is available for purchase
Their materials are also available at cooperating libraries.
Additionally, they offer online courses in grant writing and
how to research grant opportunities. As you might have
noticed, some for-profit corporations also have foundations
that sometimes provide grants. One well-known case in point
of this type of funding would be Bill Gates of Microsoft
Corporation who also has the Gates Foundation, which gives
grants for educational purposes, for one example from among
many of their beneficiaries.
Another useful site is
www.USA.gov . Here they list USA.gov for Nonprofits.
You might not currently be a
non-profit, but you could either become one or you could
become affiliated with one in order to become eligible for
grant monies, so it doesn't hurt to take a look around this
website. It offers many opportunities for grants and their
eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
You might not find the grant you wanted through the
government, but that's okay. There are other avenues
available such as foundations and non-profit organizations
that might be able to help you find the money you need.
This article has given you a brief overview of the Federal
Grant system and how it can help you.
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