Monday, February 23, 2009

Federal Grants

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the
managing partner for, an initiative that is having an
unparalleled impact on the grant community. Learn more about
and determine if you are eligible for grant opportunities offered on this

About was established as a governmental resource named the E-Grants
Initiative, part of the President's 2002 Fiscal Year Management Agenda to
improve government services to the public.

The concept has its origins in the Federal Financial Assistance Management
Improvement Act of 1999, also known as Public Law 106-107. Public Law
106-107 has since sunset and is now known as the Grants Policy Committee

The Grants Policy Committee (GPC), established by the CFO Council,
consists of grants policy experts from across the Federal government.
GPC's vision is to improve the effectiveness of Federal financial
assistance by:

Simplifying the application process

Streamlining financial assistance award and administration

Improving quality and timeliness of information related to

Improving stewardship of Federal dollars

The GPC is committed to serving the best interests of the grants community
by continually identifying opportunities to improve Federal financial
assistance. The GPC's improvement efforts gained significant momentum when
the committee assumed responsibility for implementing P.L. 106-107, the
Federal Financial Management Assistance Act of 1999. While P.L. 106-107
expired in November 2007, the GPC continues to build on this momentum,
advancing existing efforts and leveraging new opportunities to enhance
Federal financial assistance.


The GPC's focus is on improving the management of Federal financial
assistance government wide. To carry out their role, the committee
recommends financial assistance policies and practices to the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) and coordinates related interagency
activities. The GPC, in collaboration with other Federal-wide grants
initiatives, is committed to serving the best interests of the grants
community by continually identifying opportunities to improve Federal
financial assistance.


The GPC's mission is to increase the effectiveness of Federal financial
assistance by providing useful policy and procedural recommendations to
OMB that balance the good stewardship of Federal dollars with reduced
burden on applicants, recipients, and Federal agencies.


In order to achieve the GPC's goals, the GPC works toward the following

Establishes and maintains consolidated and consistent OMB guidance

Recommends uniform forms and formats for applications and post-award

Continually assesses the GPC's performance against its strategic plan
and make necessary changes to improve performance

Facilitates greater community input and outreach in streamlining
Federal financial assistance processes by maximizing involvement of both
Federal and non-Federal grant communities

Supports the professional development of the Federal workforce for
awarding and administering Federal financial assistance stakeholder

Recommends standard and streamlined Federal-to-grantee business

Makes recommendations to improve audit and oversight policies and

What is a Grant?

Grants are not benefits or entitlements. 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. Federal grants are not federal assistance or loans to individuals.

A federal grant may not used to acquire property or services for the
federal government's direct benefit. The 26 federal agencies offer over
1,000 grant programs annually in various categories.

Grant Categories

More than 1,000 grant programs are offered by the 26 federal grant-making
agencies, and these programs fall into 21 categories. Select any of the
categories below to learn more about specific grants and agencies. Some
agencies may be listed in multiple grant categories.

Business and Commerce
Community Development
Disaster Prevention and Relief
Employment, Labor and Training
Environmental Quality
Food and Nutrition
Information and Statistics
Law, Justice and Legal Services
Natural Resources
Regional Development
Science and Technology
Social Services and Income Security

Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service is the nations largest
grant-maker supporting service and volunteering. Through Senior Corps,
AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs, the Corporation is a
catalyst for change and offers every American a chance to contribute
through service and volunteering.

Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nations economic
development and technological advancement through vigilance in
international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and
promoting economic progress at all levels.

Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes
educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability
in federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and
complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased
involvement by the public, parents and students.

Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the federal governments
principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing
essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help

Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Developments mission is to increase
homeownership, support community development and increase access to
affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission
through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by
forming partnerships with community organizations.

Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nations
natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes
and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and
usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and
excellence in management.

Department of Labor

The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers,
wage earners and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing
their opportunities, protecting their retirement and health benefits and
generally protecting worker rights and monitoring national economic

Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportations mission is to ensure fast, safe,
efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital
national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American
people, today and into the future.

Department of the Treasury

The Department of Treasury is a steward of United States economic and
financial systems, and promotes conditions for prosperity and stability in
the U.S., and encourages prosperity and stability in the rest of the

Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs strives for excellence in patient care
and veterans benefits for its constituents through high quality, prompt
and seamless service to United States veterans.

Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of
federal support for the nations 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The
Institute serves as a leader in providing services to enhance learning,
sustain cultural heritage and increase civic participation

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to
supporting excellence in the arts; bringing the arts to all Americans and
providing leadership in arts education. The Endowment is the largest
national source of funds for the arts.

National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making
agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research,
education, preservation and public programs in the humanities.

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created
to promote the progress of science, to advance the national health,
prosperity, and welfare and to secure the national defense. The NSF
annually funds approximately 20 percent of basic, federally-supported
college and university research.

Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration maintains and strengthens the nations
economy by aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting the interests of
small businesses and by helping families and businesses recover from
national disasters.

Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration advances the economic security of the
nations people through compassionate and vigilant leadership in shaping
and managing Americas Social Security programs.



There are several tools and documents available here to help you with

Applicant User Guide A detailed guide to registration, finding and
applying for grant opportunities.

Registration User Guide A detailed guide specifically focused on

Find and Apply for Grant Opportunities A detailed guide specifically
focused on finding and applying for grants. Customer Service Process - A diagram depicting the procedures
the Contact Center follows when a customer calls for
assistance Brochure Request Form Fill out this form if you would like to
request brochures. or if you have an upcoming event you would
like to attend. Email the completed form to
and a representative will contact you. Presentation Request Form Fill out this form if you have an
upcoming event you would like to attend or if you would like to
request a complimentary presentation on the Find and Apply
process. Email the completed form to and a
representative will contact you.

Download Software Free downloads of software necessary to use Webcast Archive View archived webcasts that cover the benefits
of and the registration process.

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