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


USDA Announces More Than $18 Million to Support Training and Development for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Funds Will Build a Diverse Future Generation for American Agriculture

WASHINGTON – Jan. 12, 2105 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced the availability of more than $18 million in funding to help educate, mentor and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers.  This support is available through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), administered by USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA). 

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program awards grants to organizations implementing programs to train beginning farmers and ranchers, including workshops, educational teams, training, and technical assistance throughout the United States.

Fiscal Year 2015 applications for BFRDP are due March 13, 2015. Eligible applicants are collaborative, State, tribal, local, or regionally-based network or partnership of public or private entities, including state cooperative extension service; community-based and nongovernmental organization; college or university (including institutions awarding associate degrees); or any other appropriate organization providing services to beginning farmers and ranchers.

At least five percent of the funds must go to projects that serve military veteran beginning farmers and ranchers, and at least five percent to projects that serve socially-disadvantaged, limited-resource, or farmworker audiences.  All applicants are required to provide funds or in-kind support from non-federal sources in an amount that is at least equal to 25 percent of the federal funds requested. 

Priority topics are:

  • Basic livestock, forest management, and crop farming practices;
  • Innovative farm, ranch, and private, nonindustrial forest land transfer strategies;
  • Entrepreneurship and business training;
  • Financial and risk management training (including the acquisition and management of agricultural credit);
  • Natural resource management and planning;
  • Diversification and marketing strategies;
  • Curriculum development;
  • Mentoring, apprenticeships, and internships;
  • Resources and referral;
  • Farm financial benchmarking;
  • Assisting beginning farmers or ranchers in acquiring land from retiring farmers and ranchers;
  • Agricultural rehabilitation and vocational training for veterans;
  • Farm safety and awareness; and
  • Other similar subject areas of use to beginning farmers or ranchers.

NIFA will host a webinar for interested applicants on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. EST. No password or advance reservation is required. A recording will be posted on the NIFA website shortly after the event.

Department of Justice:  OVW Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Program (CFDA 16.017)

The Office on Violence AgainstWomen (OVW) is a component of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). Created in 1995, OVW implements the Violence AgainstWomen Act (VAWA) and subsequent legislation and provides national leadership on issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Since its inception, OVW has supported a multifaceted approach to responding to these crimes through implementation of grant programs authorized by VAWA. By forging state, local and tribal partnerships among police, prosecutors, judges, victim advocates, health care providers, faith leaders and others, OVW grants help provide victims with the protection and services they need to pursue safe and healthy lives, while improving communities’ capacity to hold offenders accountable for their crimes.

The conference calls are scheduled for on the following dates: 

1. Thursday, January 29th, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. E.T.
2. Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. E.T

Deadlines:  Application: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (E.T.) on February 24, 2015.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grant Funding Opportunity

The Big Read is accepting applications for grants between $2,500 and $20,000. Guidelines for applying for a 2015-16 Big Read grant are now available. The deadline is Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 4:00p.m. CST. For more information, visit neabigread.org.

We encourage your office to let your constituents know about this grant opportunity by sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and ArtsMidwest designed to restore reading to American culture. A report by the National Endowment for the Arts, found that not only is literary reading in America declining rapidly among all groups, but that the rate of decline has accelerated, especially among our youth.

The Big Read provides organizations with grants and comprehensive resources that support their efforts to inspire their community to read. Eligible applicants include organizations such as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations.

VA Congressional Notification:

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Notice of Funding Availability for 3-Year Non-Renewable Grants

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is offering a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for funding for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program for fiscal year (FY) 2015 through FY 2018.  The NOFA will make up to approximately $93 million available over a 3-year period for non-renewable grants to eligible entities proposing services for one of the 28 high-need Continuums of Care (CoCs) listed below and in the attached information sheet.

Only proposals from initial supportive service grant programs will be considered.  Currently funded SSVF grantees are not eligible to apply for funding under this NOFA.   VA has designed this 3-year effort to provide a surge of resources in communities with the highest need.  Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on December 5, 2014.  VA will award the grants in March 2015.  Awards made for supportive services grants will fund operations beginning approximately March 1, 2015 through February 28, 2017.  

For more information, please visit www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp.

The 28 locations below were selected based on factors that include levels of Veteran homelessness and current unmet service needs.

CoC Number

Continuum of Care (CoC) Name


Arizona Balance of State


San Jose/Santa Clara City and County


San Francisco


Oakland/Alameda County


Santa Rosa/Petaluma/Sonoma County


Watsonville/Santa Cruz City and County


Los Angeles City and County


San Diego City and County


Santa Ana/Anaheim/Orange County


District of Columbia


Gainesville/Alachua, Putnam Counties


Pasco County




Georgia Balance of State




New Orleans/Jefferson Parish


Baltimore City


Montana Statewide


Asheville/Buncombe County


Las Vegas/Clark County


Medford/Ashland/Jackson County CoC


Oregon Balance of State




San Antonio/Bexar County


Dallas City & County/Irving


Texas Balance of State


City of Houston/Harris County


Washington Balance of State

Should you have any questions, please contact Ms. Mandy Hartman of VA’s Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs – Health Team at (202) 461-6416 or Mandy.Hartman@va.gov. She will be happy to assist you.

Grant Opportunities and Awards

October is National Arts and Humanities month!  The National Endowment for the Humanities support the humanities by funding top-rated grant applications.

The goal of this newsletter is to give Congressional staff advanced notice on NEH grant opportunities so that staff in outreach positions can share this information with potential grantees well in advance of the deadlines.  NEH hosts monthly webinars so you can learn more about the grants offered. Museums, libraries, 2 and 4-year colleges, archives, cultural centers, public television and radio stations, and education nonprofits are eligible for NEH grants.

We encourage you to learn more about state-level grants offered by NEH’s state humanities councils. NEH’s state humanities councils offer small and mid-sized grants, host public events, and preserve local history.  Find your state humanities council here.

January, February and March Grant Deadlines

Below are details about upcoming NEH grant deadlines. It takes time to put together a strong grant application, so the sooner you review this information, the better.  NEH is hosting two webinars to give more information about NEH’s grant programs with upcoming deadlines.  You are encouraged to register for the free webinars (both will cover the same material).  If you are interested in joining the webinars, please select below:

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

Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

January 14, 2015

Division of Public Programs

Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

January 14, 2015

Division of Public Programs

Summer Seminars and Institutes

February 24, 2015

Division of Education Programs

Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers

February 24, 2015

Division of Education Programs

College Professors and Researchers

Summer Seminars and Institutes

February 24, 2015

Division of Education Programs

Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers

February 24, 2015

Division of Education Programs

Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

February 18, 2015

Office of Digital Humanities

Filmmakers, Radio Producers, Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

February 18, 2015

Office of Digital Humanities

Media Projects: Development Grants

January 14, 2015

Division of Public Programs

Media Projects: Production Grants

January 14, 2015

Division of Public Programs

Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

March 10, 2015

Office of Digital Humanities

Find Your State Humanities Council

The NEH funds state humanities councils in each state and U.S. territory. The councils offer grants, community programs, educational resources, and local events.  Find your state humanities council here. Reach out to your council, follow them on social media, and visit their website to learn more.

NEH Circular of Upcoming Events

Visit this page to see a catalogue of upcoming NEH-funded exhibition openings, broadcasts, and library programs across the country.

Webinar Tomorrow

In addition to the grant opportunities webinars, we will host a webinar on October 7th at 3pm ET for anyone interested in learning more about Chronicling America, a freely accessible website providing access to historic United States newspapers published between 1836 and 1922.  Register for the free webinar here.

December-February Grant Deadlines

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

National Digital Newspaper Program

January 15, 2015

Division of Preservation and Access

Summer Seminars and Institutes

February 24, 2015

Division of Education Programs

Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers

February 24, 2015

Division of Education Programs

Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

February 18, 2015

Office of Digital Humanities

Additional Webinar for Teachers

In addition to the grant opportunities webinars, we will host a webinar on October 7th at 3pm ET for teachers interested in using Chronicling America, a freely accessible website providing access to historic United States newspapers published between 1836 and 1922. Educators can register for the free webinar here.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Grants Forecast is a database of planned grant opportunities proposed by its agencies. Each Forecast record contains actual or estimated dates and funding levels for grants that the agency intends to award during the fiscal year. Forecast opportunities are subject to change based on enactment of congressional appropriations.

When funding is available and an agency is ready to accept applications, the agency will issue an official notice, known as a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), which will include instructions on how to apply.

As always, the final section of our newsletter includes an updated grants listing that faith-based and community non-profits can pursue. All of these grant programs are competitive. It is important to review the funding announcement thoroughly to ensure that the grant opportunity

Grants and Benefits 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


  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


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


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


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.