APPLYING FOR FEDERAL GRANTS
Nevadans across our great state work hard to provide health care treatment and prevention programs, build and invest in our infrastructure, develop new technologies that make Nevada a center for economic innovation and so much more. In many cases, these programs and investments are supported by federal grant funding.
Federal administrative agencies award millions in funding every year to state agencies, municipalities, tribes, nonprofits, private individuals and organizations. Too often, Nevada does not receive these needed funds from lack of applications to programs. The grant application process can be intimidating at times; however, I am committed to helping guide Nevadans who are seeking grants and may need further assistance.
WAYS MY OFFICE CAN HELP
Identifying Grant Opportunities
There are many different sources of grant funding and identifying the right opportunities can be difficult. The best sources for an organization can depend on a number of variables, including the types of projects the funding would be used for and the amount sought. My grants staff is here to help constituents find the appropriate funding sources to meet their needs. If you are interested in receiving our newsletter with updates from my office about new funding opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to view the most recent grant assistance eNewsletter.
Letters Of Support
Some federal grant applications require letters of support. It’s best for applicants seeking letters of support to contact my office early in the application process by emailing email@example.com. Please present a summary of your application, a draft letter, and any other information that you would like my office to consider.
TRACKING GRANT AWARDS
If you have applied for a federal grant and need to inquire about the status of your application, we can help you get more information about specific grants. Please contact my office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want more information about a specific grant award.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach for grant applications. If you have any issues or problems that arise during the grant application process, my staff is happy to help troubleshoot, brainstorm ideas, and answer any questions that you may have. In order to best serve you, please fill out the Grants Help Form by clicking the button below.
Grants and Federal Domestic Assistance
Guidance and key resources to help eligible grantseekers find information on federal grants, loans, and nonfinancial assistance.
Prepared by the Congressional Research Service for the U.S. Senate, updated January 2021.
How Best to Find Information
- 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.
- If eligible, search for programs at Assistance Listings. Includes grants, loans, business and nonfinancial help.
- Create a SAM.gov account as soon as possible, as the process to enable you to submit grant applications can be significantly delayed.
- Contact federal office given in each Assistance Listing program description.
- Go to federal websites given in each Assistance Listing program description for more information and for state administering
agencies responsible for managing these programs.
- 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.
- Search foundations for project funding: use the Foundation Center website or Foundation Information Network resources in libraries to identify national, state, and community
- Learn how to write grant proposals: Take the free online Foundation Center Proposal Writing Short Course, or see other tips and sample proposals at Grantspace’s How Do I Write a Grant Proposal?
- Check Nevada grant opportunities and receive assistance in the federal grant applications through the Nevada Governor’s Office of Federal Assistance.
Key Federal Funding Sources
(General Services Administration)
Official descriptions of more than 2,200 federal assistance programs (including grants, loans, and other financial and nonfinancial assistance) can be found on SAM.gov. The website, produced by the General Services Administration (GSA) and it houses federal assistance listings previously found on the now-retired Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA). Each federal assistance program has a corresponding CFDA program number; these CFDA numbers are still used as numerical program identifiers. Descriptions are updated by departments and agencies, and they cover authorizing legislation, objectives, and eligibility and compliance requirements.. For current notices of funding availability, see Grants.gov or FedConnect.
*Best Guidance: create a SAM.gov account as soon as possible, as the process to enable you to submit grant applications can be significantly delayed.
(via Dept. of Health and Human Services)
Federal grants 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 RSS feeds 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 with System for Award Management (SAM), and registering with Grants.gov to apply and to track applications. See also website FedConnect for additional grants and contracts opportunities.
(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.
Related Federal Resources
Private and Corporate Funding Sources
- How do I find grants for my nonprofit?
- Proposal Writing Short Course (also in Spanish, French, and other languages)
- Foundation Information Network (by state) Check for locations. Free funding information available in libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit centers nationwide.