Federal Grants Process, Foundation Grant Resources, and Non-profit Coalition Resources

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Federal And State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program

Purpose

Federal and State Technology Partnership (FAST) Program is a competitive grants program designed to strengthen the technological competitiveness of small businesses. It improves the participation of small technology firms in the innovation and commercialization of new technology, thereby helping keep the United States on the cutting edge of research and development in science and technology. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam and the American Samoa may receive funding for an array of services (e.g., outreach and technical assistance) in support of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.  Apply through grants.gov.

Guidelines

FAST provides about $2 million in funding (typically up to $100,000 per applicant) for outreach and technical assistance to science and technology-driven small businesses. The program places particular emphasis on helping socially and economically disadvantaged firms compete in the SBA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

Eligible applicants for FAST grants include state and local economic development agencies, Small Business Development Centers, and colleges and universities. Each state, through its governor, may submit one proposal.

FAST funding applicants are encouraged to show how they will help support areas such as:

  • Small business research and development assistance
  • Technology transfer from universities to small businesses
  • Technological diffusion of innovation benefiting small businesses
  • Proposal development and mentoring for small businesses applying for SBIR grants
  • Commercialization of technology developed through SBIR grants.

Proposals will be evaluated by a committee consisting of small business owners, state level representatives, federal SBIR program managers and representatives of the business and academic communities. The SBA, the Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation will jointly review the recommendations from the evaluation panel and make awards based on proposal merit. Varying levels of matching funds are required from each participating state and territory. The FAST Program is administered by the SBA.

ART WORKS

http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/art-works

Art Works is the NEA's largest funding category. These grants range from $10,000 to $100,000 and cover a broad range of projects across all disciplines. Projects include commissions, residencies, rehearsals, workshops, performances, exhibitions, publications, festivals, training programs and literature fellowships. In fiscal year 2013, the NEA supported more than 1,640 grants totaling $50 million through this category.

Depending on the type of project in the application, the Art Works deadline is either February 20, 2014 or July 24, 2014.

CHALLENGE AMERICA FAST-TRACK

http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/challenge-america-fast-track

Challenge America Fast-Track grants support primarily small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations —those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. All of these awards are $10,000 matching grants. Projects include commissions, residencies, rehearsals, workshops, performances, exhibitions, publications, festivals and training programs. These grants feature an expedited review process with approximately six months from application to notification. In fiscal year 2013, Challenge America funded 153 projects totaling $1.53 million. 

The deadline for Challenge America Fast-Track is May 8, 2014.

Resources for applicants

Who is eligible for an NEA grant?

  • Non-profit arts organizations
  • Non-profit arts service organizations
  • Local arts agencies
  • Official units of state or local government
  • K-12 school districts
  • Federally recognized tribal communities
  • Other non-profit organizations
  • Colleges and universities

Resources for Teachers
NEH's lesson plan clearinghouse, EDSITEment.neh.gov, offers hundreds of lesson plans for K-12 teachers, resources for parents, and activities for students. Teachers can find a number of Black History Month lessons and resources here: http://edsitement.neh.gov/ and here.
NEH teamed up with National History Day to have experts give advice to students competing in History Day competitions across the country. The video Q/A sessions are available here. Students can enter the contest and compete locally, regionally, and nationally. NEH sponsors a number of prizes, including a special prize (more info here) for students who use newspapers from the Chronicling America archive.
K-12 teachers, 2 year and 4 year college faculty, and other educators have until March 4th to apply to attend NEH-funded summer seminars and institutes. A full list of opportunities and links to apply is available here.

April/May Grant Deadlines
We encourage you to share information with your constituents about upcoming NEH grant deadlines. It takes time to put together a strong grant application, so the sooner you contact your constituents with this information, the better (some district offices send out grants newsletters to local institutions). We are hosting a webinar on February 18th at 4pm ET, which will give more information about these programs. Congressional staff and/or constituents can register for the free webinar here. You can find more information about all of our grant programs here.


College Professors

Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

April 15, 2014

Division of Research Programs

Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

April 15, 2014

Division of Research Programs

Awards for Faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities

April 15, 2014

Division of Research Programs

Fellowships

May 1, 2014

Division of Research Programs

Preservation and Access Education and Training

May 1, 2014

Division of Preservation and Access

Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan

May 1, 2014

Division of Research Programs

 
Museums, Libraries, Cultural Institutions, Historic Sites, and Colleges

Preservation and Access Education and Training

May 1, 2014

Division of Preservation and Access

Preservation and Access Research and Development

May 1, 2014

Division of Preservation and Access

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

May 1, 2014

Division of Preservation and Access

Challenge Grants

May 1, 2014

Office of Challenge Grants

VA Offers $600 Million in Funding to Support Services for Homeless Veteran Families

Grant Program One of Many VA Initiatives to End Veterans’ Homelessness

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the availability of up to approximately $600 million in grants for non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that serve very low-income Veteran families occupying permanent housing through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. 

The SSVF program is designed to assist very low-income Veteran families who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. The program employs a housing first model, an approach which centers on providing homeless Veterans with permanent housing quickly and then providing VA health care, benefits and services as needed. 

Required services include outreach, case management, assistance in obtaining VA benefits, and providing or coordinating efforts to obtain needed entitlements and other community services.  Grantees secure a broad range of other services for participants, including legal assistance; credit counseling; housing counseling; assisting participants in understanding leases, securing utilities, and coordinating moving arrangements; providing representative payee services concerning rent and utilities when needed; and serving as an advocate for the Veteran when mediating with property owners on issues related to locating or retaining housing.  Grantees also offer temporary financial assistance that provides short-term assistance with rent, moving expenses, security and utility deposits, child care, transportation, utility costs, and emergency expenses. 

VA announced the availability of funds today through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) via the Federal Register.  VA is offering $300 million in FY 2014 funds and $300 million in FY 2015 funds, subject to available appropriations.   VA will make award decisions based on a national competition.

The SSVF program is authorized by 38 U.S.C. 2044.  VA implements the program by regulations in 38 CFR part 62.  More information about the program can be found at www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp.

Grants Resources

Grants Process Information

 

Guidance and key resources to help eligible grantseekers find information on federal grants, loans, and nonfinancial assistance, as well as on private funding.

 

 


How Best to Find Information

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  1. Find out Who is Eligible for a Grant? Other government websites may be more suitable forpersonal needsstudent loanssmall 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 programs in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA). Includes grants, loans, business and nonfinancial help.
  3. Contact federal office given in CFDA program description: if state or local office is indicated, check Regional Agency Offices at top of CFDA website for addresses.
  4. Go to federal websites given in each CFDA program description for more information and for state administering agencies responsible for managing funding.
  5. Check current federal grants opportunities at Grants.gov, obtain a Dun and Bradstreet(DUNS) number, register with System for Award Management (SAM), and apply online (links and instructions given at the website). Additional notices appear at FedConnect.
  6. Search foundations for project funding: use the Foundation Center website 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 Proposal Writing Short Course.

Key Federal Funding Sources

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (General Services Administration)
The CFDA, issued annually and updated continuously on the Web, describes some 1600 federal grants and non financial assistance programs. Grantseekers can identify programs that might support their projects and can learn the program's objectives, requirements, application procedures and contacts. Includes a detailed subject index; browsable listing of programs by applicant eligibility; and Appendix VI, Developing and Writing Grant Proposals. Appendix IV gives state, local and regional offices of federal agencies: if the CFDA program description refers to a state or regional Information contact, grantseekers should contact them before applying for funding to obtain the most up-to-date information. For current notices of funding availability, see Grants.gov or FedConnect.

Grants.gov (managed by Dept. of Health and Human Services)
Federal website that allows eligible grantseekers (see Who is Eligible for a Grant?) to find and apply for current competitive grant opportunities from ALL federal agencies. Grantseekers can check on notices of funding availability (NOFAs) posted in the last 7 days; access an RSS feed of grant opportunities; and apply for federal grants through a unified process by downloading the application and submitting online. The website guides grantseekers in obtaining a Dun and Bradstreet (DUNS) number, registering withSystem for Award Management (SAM), and registering with Grants.gov to apply and to track applications. For full federal program descriptions, see CFDA below. See also website FedConnect for additional grants and contracts opportunities.

State Single Points of Contact (Office of Management and Budget)
Under Executive Order 12372, some states require federal grants applicants to submit a copy of their application for state government level review and comment. The state offices listed here coordinate federal financial assistance and may direct federal development.  For help in identifying state-level grants, other state government agencies websites may be found at State and Local Agencies by Topic

CFDA in Local Libraries (Government Printing Office)
Although the Catalog is available full-text on the Internet, some may prefer a print edition. However, only the Web Catalog is continuously updated-- the published volume is annual with no supplements. TheCatalog is available in all states in Federal Depository Libraries.

Related Federal Resources

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A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies  (General Services Administration)
To better develop a grant proposal, search a department or agency's Home Page to learn more about its programs and objectives. The site USA.gov also links to Government Benefits, Grants and Financial Aid.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (Department of Energy)
Grants are EERE's primary funding vehicle for businesses, industries, universities and others. Most EERE grants are awarded on merit on a competitive basis. EERE financial assistance opportunities are listed in the Financial Opportunities by Audience database and on Grants.gov or FedConnect. For state-by-state information on state, local. utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency, search DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency). 

Grants Funding State, Local and Tribal Governments (Dept. of Homeland Security)
Most Homeland Security non-disaster grant programs are designated for state and local governments and specific entities such as colleges, etc. Unsolicited applications from individuals are generally not accepted. Includes Urban Area Security Initiative, Citizens Corps, Medical Response System, Operation Stonegarden (border security), Infrastructure Protection. Contact homeland security State Offices. Programs for firefighters may be found at Assistance to Firefighters.

USA.gov for Business  (GSA)
Includes contracting with the federal government, international trade and exporting, and small business. See also financial assistance links at the Small Business Administration website.

USA.gov for Nonprofits  (GSA)
Links to federal department and agency information and service for nonprofit organizations, including fundraising and outreach, grants, loans and other assistance, laws and regulations, management and operations, online services, registration and licensing, and tax information. The White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships includes information on Grants and Resources.

Student Aid on the Web (Department of Education)
Financial assistance for education beyond high school is generally "needs-based" and often includes loans and work-study, in addition to some grants. College and university applications, websites, and brochures usually include financial aid information for prospective and incoming students.

Benefits.gov (via Department of Labor)
Government grants are not direct assistance to individuals, but fund state and local programs providing help to those in need. This online screening site can be used to identify state and local government benefits and how to apply. Covers direct payments, loans, insurance, training, or other services.  

FTC Consumer Alert (Federal Trade Commission)
The FTC warns consumers to beware of paying "processing fees" for information that is available free to the public. Ads claiming federal grants are available for home repairs, home business, unpaid bills, or other personal expenses are often a scam.

OMB Grants Management  (Office of Management and Budget)
OMB establishes government-wide grants management policies and guidelines through circulars and common rules.  OMB Circulars  are cited in Catalog program descriptions and may be printed out fulltext.

Private and Corporate Funding Sources

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The Foundation Center
Gateway to information about private funding sources, the grantseeking process, guidelines on writing a grant proposal, addresses of state libraries with grants reference collections, and links to other useful Internet websites. The Center maintains a comprehensive database on foundations; produces print and electronic directories and guides; conducts research and publishes studies in the field; and offers a variety of training and educational seminars.

Grants Resources by State (Grantsmanship Center)
Click on state map to find links to information about a state's foundations, community foundations, corporate giving programs and the state's home page.