Billions of dollars in Federal grants are awarded each year for programs and projects that benefit the public. This assistance is rooted in the Constitution and its call to “promote the general Welfare.” SOURCE: grants.gov
You’ve heard the infomercials expounding on “get free money” from the US government. The guy in the wild-n-crazy-suit makes it sound so easy and a pretty sure thing, but truth is there is a lot of competition in the federal grants realm (perhaps even more than in the private foundation world). Most of all there is a lot of work, eligibility requirements and necessity of being a qualified organization. Here’s a peek at which entities are the most likely to get the grant awards:
- Cities, counties and states
- Nonprofit organizations
If you work for a state or private organization and are interested in grants, you may find the following resources helpful:
- Find grant opportunities from federal agencies
- Register as an organization to use Grants.gov
- Read Writing a Successful Grant Proposal
There are several types of grants available for states and organizations, such as:
- Emergency Communications Grants provide information and guidance on Federal grants that fund emergency communications.
- Fish and Wildlife Service Grants provide financial assistance program websites and terms and conditions.
Other resources for states and organizations include:
- Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) provides a list of all Federal programs available to states and organizations.
- Loans and Grants Search Tool guides you to government resources for business financing.