Finding Federal Grants, the 26 U.S. Grantmaking Agencies

grantsThe new federal fiscal year opens on Oct. 1, which means that federal grantmaking will also be cranking up soon, pending approval from Congress.

Federal opportunities, for the most part, offer an annual deadline through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) or a solicitation and are posted on Grants.gov. Federal notices usually have a very narrow application window, so it’s a good idea to keep up-to-date on the grant making process. Below is a list of the 26 federal grantmaking entities.

Some are familiar, like the Department of Education (DoEd) or the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) which each year distributes upwards of $400 billion in grants. Others are less well-known for grant making, like the U.S. Agency for International Development or the National Archives and Records Administration.

The list is interactive. Click on the name of the agency and it will take you to the corresponding website. All contain a universe of links and resources to help you get federal money.  

The list:

  1. U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  2. Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
  3. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  4. U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)
  5. U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
  6. U.S. Department of Education (DoEd)
  7. U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  8. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  9. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  10. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  11. U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)
  12. U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
  13. U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
  14. U.S. Department of State (DOS)
  15. U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
  16. U.S. Department of the Treasury (TREAS)
  17. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  18. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  19. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
  20. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  21. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
  22. National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
  23. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
  24. National Science Foundation (NSF)
  25. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  26. Social Security Administration (SSA)

The federal funding programs that are offered by the agencies (http://goo.gl/cQjiLj) generally are guided by regulations or guidelines, which are created and updated through Notices of Proposed Rulemaking or grant advisory boards.

Info: http://goo.gl/wBeKqi (grants 101).

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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