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Who is Eligible for a Grant? Other government websites may be more suitable for personal needsstudent loanssmall business assistance, or other business opportunities such as government contracting. The website Government BenefitsGrants, and Financial Aid may also be of help

If eligible, search for program information

In the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA). Includes grants, loans, business and nonfinancial help.

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.

Go to federal websites

Given in each CFDA program description for more information and for state administering agencies responsible for managing these programs.

Check current federal grants opportunities

At, obtain a Dun and Bradstreet ( DUNS) number, register with Central Contractor Registration (CCR), and apply online (links and instructions given at the website). Additional notices appear at

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.

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.