Sustainability for a program or an organization involves sustained and deliberate planning among all levels of an organization from the board to the management to the direct line staff. A key component of that plan involves funding, and Federal funding can be an important part of that plan. Here are some resources to learn more about locating funding opportunities.

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Types of Federal Government Grants

  • Grants awarded by an agency of the Federal government (also known as 'discretionary' grants)-for instance, a homeless assistance grant given out by the Department of Health and Human Services to a homeless shelter.
  • Grants that put Federal money in the hands of States, cities, or counties for them to distribute to charities and other social service providers, usually under their own rules and regulations (also known as 'formula' or 'block' grants). Therefore, you can apply directly to the Federal government or you can apply for funds to an entity that distributes money it receives from the Federal government.

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Sources for Federal Grant Opportunities

Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Funding Announcements - View the most recent grant opportunities from ACF including resources and frequently asked questions.
Federal Business Opportunities - is the single government point-of-entry (GPE) for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. - allows you to find and apply for Federal government grants. There are over 1,000 grant programs offered by all Federal grant making agencies.
Welfare Peer TA Network (link no longer active) – The Welfare Peer Technical Assistance Network posts updated funding opportunities relevant for organizations and programs working with low-income and TANF populations.
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Other Relevant Resources

The Federal Register (link no longer active) - Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. - Provides information on how Federal agencies use grant money as well as a Grants Catalog. The site also answers some frequently asked questions about Federal grants.

Foundation Center - Foundation Center is a subscription based website that offers research on foundations, including family foundations and other tools for grant seekers.  

The Grant Station - GrantStation is an online funding resource for organizations seeking grants throughout the world.  Providing access to a comprehensive online database of grant makers, as well as other valuable tools, GrantStation can help your organization make smarter, better-informed fundraising decisions. 

The Grantsmanship Center - The Grantsmanship Center offers a variety of trainings such as The Grantsmanship Training Program, Earned Income Strategies and Competing for Federal Grants.

Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) - GIFT provides a range of training programs and webinars to help you raise money from your community.  Additionally, they offer articles and subscription based services to aid in your fundraising efforts.  

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