Finding Grant Information

1.  Find out “Who is eligible for a Grant?” Other government websites may be more suitable for personal needs, student loans, small business assistance or other business opportunities such as government contracting. The website Government Benefits, Grants, and Financial Aid may also be of help.

2.  If eligible, search for program information in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) by keyword and other indexes for grants, loans, business and nonfinancial help.

3.  Contact federal office given in CFDA program description.  If indicated, use CFDA Appendix IV: Federal Regional or Local Office Addresses.

4.  Go to federal websites given in each CFDA program description for more information and for state administering agencies responsible for managing these programs.

5.  Check current federal grants opportunities at, register and obtain a DUNS number, sign up for e-mail notification and apply online.

6.  Search foundations for project funding.  Use the Foundation Center Web site or Foundation Center Cooperating Collections in libraries to identify national, state, and community foundations.

7.  Learn how to write grant proposals.  Follow CFDA‘s Developing and Writing Grant Proposals, or take the free online Foundation Center’s Proposal Writing Short Course.