Local Government Guide to the Internet
Chapter 17: Funding Resources
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State and Local Directories
Where to Start
Specific Program Areas
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        Housing
        Economic and Community Development
        Telecommunications
        Education and Youth
        Seniors
Miscellaneous Sites
Writing Successful Proposals

State and Local Directories
Community Foundation Links, Community Resource Institute
www.granted.org/local.html

Community Foundation Services, Council on Foundations
int1.cof.org/council/map.html

Community Foundations by State, The Grantsmanship Center
www.tgci.com/resources/foundations/community

Funding Through State Government, The Grantsmanship Center
Start at your stateís homepage to find state agency funding opportunities.
www.tgci.com/states/states2.htm

Single Points of Contact, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Check this site to see if your state requires a review of federal grant applications.
www.cfda.gov/public/cat-spocs.asp

State Search, National Association of State Information Resource Executives
Search state agency websites to see if there are funding opportunities that fit your project.
www.nasire.org/stateSearch/index.cfm

Where to Start
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
A government-wide compendium of federal programs, projects, services, and activities that provide assistance or benefits to the American public. Programs provide grants, loans, loan guarantees, services, information, scholarships, training, insurance, and more.
www.cfda.gov or
aspe.os.dhhs.gov/cfda

Community Economic Development Sources of Revenue, National Congress for Community Economic Development
NCCED represents over 3,600 community development corporations, which produce affordable housing and create jobs through business and commercial development activities. Website includes very recent funding information, including many programs not found in the Federal Register.
www.ncced.org/funding

Federal Funding, U.S. State and Local Gateway
Federal funding sources related to administrative management, education, environment, health, housing, public safety, transportation, infrastructure, workforce development, and more.
www.statelocal.gov/funding.html

Federal Funding Sources for Rural Areas, Rural Information Center, National Agriculture Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Catalog of funding sources for rural areas from federal departments, administrations, and agencies. Selected from the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.
www.nal.usda.gov/ric/ricpubs/funding/federalfund/ff.html

Federal Loans and Grants, The Federal Information Center
Contact the Federal Information Center if you are having trouble locating beneficiary and applicant information for grants and loans available through the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.
fic.info.gov/fic/loans.htm

Federal Register
Federal agencies are required to print grant program information, including notices of proposed and final regulations and requests for proposals, in the Federal Register. New posts are made daily.
www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces140.html or
www.tgci.com/Fr/AT-Fedregquery.html

Foundation Center
Includes information about specific foundations, a guide to funding research, a proposal writing short course, an orientation to grantseeking, training courses, and annotated links to over 1,000 grantmaker websites.
fdncenter.org

Fundsnet Services
Over 700 funding resources, an extensive listing of funding initiatives, and the Community Foundations and Regional Grantmakers section, which provides a quick reference guide to region-specific grantmakers.
www.fundsnetservices.com

Grant Funding Resources, Community Resource Institute
Nationwide grant foundation links, local grant foundation links listed by state, and corporate funding links. Also listed by category.
www.granted.org/grants.html

A Grant Getterís Guide to the Internet: A Brief Summary of Available Grant Information and Where to Find It
A quick and easy guide to online federal grant information that includes federal resources, private and foundation resources, education resources, and a guide to guides.
web.calstatela.edu/academic/orsp/grantguide.html

Grants and Related Resources Guide, Michigan State University Libraries
A good starting point for searching for grants and funding. Includes an index to foundation grants, foundation directories, federal grant guides, guides to individual donors, online databases, grants for nonprofits and individuals, grantsmanship techniques, and publications.
www.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants

GrantsDirect.com
Search for information about more than 32,000 grant recipients, read detailed donor reports that include contact and financial information, or identify new foundations making grants in your community. Most useful for nonprofits.
www.grantsdirect.com

Grants Information on the Web, University of Minnesota Extension Service
Links to online grant information from the federal government, foundations, corporations, and nonprofits.
www3.extension.umn.edu/projects/grants/development

Internet Prospector Reference Desk
Information about corporations, foundations and grants, links to online fundraising news, and a newsletter.
www.internet-prospector.org/found.html

MoneyNet, The Enterprise Foundation
Fundraising fundamentals, funding sources, and links to other online resources.
www.enterprisefoundation.org/products/moneynet

Notices of Funding Availability, Community Toolbox, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
Notices of funding availability are announcements that appear daily in the Federal Register and invite applications for federal grant programs. This website lets you generate a customized listing of these notices from a long list of federal agencies.
ocd.usda.gov/nofa.htm

Polaris Grants Central
Step-by-step instructions and training in grants acquisition, links to online funding sources, grant writing tips, training opportunities, publications, technical assistance, and online advice in a question and answer format.
polarisgrantscentral.net

Rural Information Center, National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture
The Guide to Funding Resources provides information about the funding process, funding sources, grantsmanship, and more. Rural Information Resources provides sources of funding for economic development, youth and senior resources, environment, telecommunications, and more.
www.nal.usda.gov/ric/ricpubs/funding/fundguide.html and
www.nal.usda.gov/ric/ruralres/resource.htm

Specific Program Areas
Transportation
Acquisition and Grants Homepage, U.S. Department of Transportation
Grants and cooperative agreements, tools for procurement professionals, business opportunities and vendor information, and reference materials, all related to transportation.
www.dot.gov/ost/m60

Grants and Contracts, U.S. Department of Transportation
List of funding opportunities related to transportation, several handbooks, and statistical summaries of grant assistance programs.
www.fta.dot.gov/ntl/grants.html

Info Central: Grants, National Scenic Byways Online
The Online Grants Application system provides a complete set of tools for writing grant applications and submitting them to the National Scenic Byways program.
www.byways.org/pages/grants.html

Water
Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Catalog of private, nonprofit and federal sources of funding for watershed protection projects.
www.epa.gov/OWOW/watershed/wacademy/fund.html

Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program ñ An Innovative Partnership, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Provides grants or "seed money" to all 50 states and Puerto Rico to capitalize state loan funds that target high-priority water-quality activities.
www.epa.gov/owowwtr1/estuaries/coastlines/spring97/story4.html

Financial Services, Rural Community Assistance Corporation
Serves low- and very-low-income rural residents by providing loans to nonprofit organizations and municipalities. Programs include water and wastewater treatment facilities, and more.
www.rcac.org/LoanFund.htm

Grants and Federal Assistance, U.S. Geological Survey
Current program announcements, a guide for submitting unsolicited proposals, Department of the Interior financial assistance policy and regulations, and forms most frequently required in grant and assistance announcements.
www.usgs.gov/contracts/grants

Water and Environmental Programs, Rural Utilities Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Water and waste funding includes: water and waste disposal loans and grants, technical assistance and training grants, solid waste management grants, emergency community water assistance grants, and rural water circuit rider technical assistance.
www.usda.gov/rus/water/programs.htm

Housing
Community Development Block Grant Technical Assistance Program, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Helps state and local governments plan, develop, and administer local Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs more effectively. CDBG funds a wide range of activities to provide housing, create suitable living environments, and expand economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons.
www.hud.gov/progdesc/cdbgta.html

Community Development Lending, Freddie Mac
Works with national, regional, and local organizations to make homeownership and affordable housing more accessible in underserved communities and for low- and moderate-income and minority residents.
www.freddiemac.com/community

Financial Services, Rural Community Assistance Corporation
Serves low- and very-low-income rural residents by providing loans to nonprofit organizations and municipalities. Programs include housing, community facilities, and more.
www.rcac.org/LoanFund.htm

Funding and Funding Announcements, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Information about Housing Urban Developmentís grants, loans for multifamily housing and healthcare facilities, tax credits, partnership opportunities, and links to other federal and private funding sources.
www.hud.gov/fundopp.html and www.hud.gov/fundanoc.html

Grantmaking and Community Initiatives, Fannie Mae Foundation
Awards grants for activities related to homeownership and affordable housing, especially those that reach out to lower-income families, individuals, and communities to revitalize neighborhoods and create affordable homeownership and housing opportunities.
www.fanniemaefoundation.org/grant

Loan Funds, Housing Assistance Council
One of the oldest community development loan funds in the country. Provides low-interest loans to finance affordable and mixed-income housing projects in rural communities. Financing is available for single- and multi-family housing.
www.ruralhome.org/loanfund

Rural Housing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Provides loans, makes loan guarantees, and provides grants and technical support to develop clean, safe, and affordable housing in rural areas.
www.rurdev.usda.gov/rhs

Economic and Community Development
Business Programs, Rural Business Cooperative Service, Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Provides grants and loans for business and industry, rural enterprise, rural economic development, and more.
www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/busp/bprogs.htm

EDA Programs, Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Grants are awarded in many program areas: public works, planning states and urban areas, economic adjustment, research and evaluation, economic development, local and national technical assistance, trade adjustment assistance, and university centers.
www.doc.gov/eda/html/prgtitle.htm

Guide to Financial Resources for Eco-Industrial Parks, Smart Growth Network
Links to funding sources, online databases with resources for financing environmental and economic development projects, and online guidebooks for more information about funding an eco-industrial park.
www.smartgrowth.org/library/eipfinguide.html

Nonprofit Gateway, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Loans and grants for business, community development, food security, and research and education.
www.usda.gov/nonprofi.htm

Revolving Loan Fund Grants, Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Revolving loan fund guidelines and manuals, and notices of funding availability (NOFA) from the Economic Development Administration.
www.doc.gov/eda/html/specinfo.htm

Rural Economic Development Grants, The Enterprise Center
Provides grants to rural communities to be used for revolving loan funds for community facilities and infrastructure and for assistance in conjunction with rural economic development loans.
www.e-center.org/rural3.htm

Rural Economic Development Loans and Grants, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Makes direct zero-interest loans and grants to Rural Utilities Service electric and telecommunication utilities, which use the funds to provide financing for business and community development projects.
www.attra.org/guide/community/redlg.html

Telecommunications
Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Assists state and local governments, educational and health care entities, libraries, public service agencies, and other groups in effectively using telecommunications and information technologies to better provide public services.
www.ntia.doc.gov/otiahome/otiahome.html

Rural Utilities Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Telecommunications lending creates public-private partnerships to finance construction of telecommunications infrastructure in rural America. Distance learning and telemedicine grants encourage use of telecommunications, computer networks and related technology so rural communities can improve access to educational and/or medical services.
www.usda.gov/rus/telephone/telephon.htm and
www.usda.gov/rus/dlt/dlml.htm

Education and Youth
Afterschool.gov
Database with information about more than 100 sources of federal funding for after-school and youth development programming
www.afterschool.gov/feddollar.html

Funding Opportunities, U.S. Department of Education
Current grant competitions, a nontechnical summary of the discretionary grants process, administrative requirements for managing projects, and more.
www.ed.gov/funding.html

Funding Opportunities, U.S. Department of Justice
Grant topics include juvenile justice and more. Includes an online application system.
www.ojp.usdoj.gov/fundopps.htm

Grant Programs, National Education Association
Although many of the grant programs found here are for educators, some--like the Urban Grants Program--are available to communities.
www.nea.org/grants

Seniors
Funding Older Adult Services, National Aging Information Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Sources of financial assistance to initiate and support services for older adults.
www.aoa.dhhs.gov/NAIC/Notes/fundingseniors.html

Environment and Recreation
Community Grant Opportunities, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Information on community grant programs such as grants for more livable communities, Brownfields program grants, resources for non-profits, and community funding opportunities listed by EPA region.
www.epa.gov/livablecommunities/grants

Funds for Land Protection, The Trust for Public Land
Helps communities create parks and conserve open space. Several federal programs have been created to protect land within federal parks and forests, to develop easements in forests and wetlands, and to develop state and local parks. Also works with state and local governments to authorize bond initiatives and dedicate taxes to protect much-loved lands.
www.igc.org/tpl/about

Grants, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Grant-related activities include federal aid, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, coastal wetlands conservation, and endangered species.
grants.fws.gov

Grants and Fellowship Information, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Information on grant programs administered by the EPA, and a tutorial and software package that walk you through the grant writing process. Some community funding opportunities are listed by Environmental Protection Agency region.
www.epa.gov/epahome/grants.htm

Grants/Funding, Envirofacts Warehouse, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Grants are regularly awarded to federal, state, or local government agencies, universities, and other institutions that support the Environmental Protection Agencies' programs. Federal grant programs include construction, nonconstruction, and State Revolving Funds grants programs.
www.epa.gov/enviro/index_java.html

Miscellaneous

ESRI Local Government Grants, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.
Grant awards have included GIS software solutions specific to local government needs.
www.esri.com/industries/localgov/esri_grants.html

Funding, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Funding information for procurement of services, equipment, commodities, construction, and architectural and engineering services for Center for Disease Control programs.
www.cdc.gov/funding.htm

Funding Opportunities, U.S. Department of Justice
Grant topics include juvenile justice, domestic violence, effective service delivery, and arrest policies. Includes an online application system.
www.ojp.usdoj.gov/fundopps.htm

Funding Resources, Rural Information Center Health Service, National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Federal funding resources for rural health care.
www.nalusda.gov/ric/richs/funding.htm

GrantsNet, U.S Department of Health and Human Services
A tool for finding and exchanging information about Department of Health and Human Services and selected other federal grant programs. Includes general grant information and information on administering grants.
www.os.dhhs.gov/progorg/grantsnet

Rural Information Resources, Rural Information Center, National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Sources of funding for economic development, youth resources, environment, housing, law enforcement, telecommunications, senior citizen resources, tourism, sustainable development, and much more.
www.nal.usda.gov/ric/ruralres/resource.htm

Writing Successful Proposals
The Art of Grantsmanship, University of Western Ontario
Guidelines and tips for writing grant proposals, from the title page to appended documents.
www.sscl.uwo.ca/explore/grantmanship.html

Developing and Writing Grant Proposals, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Helpful hints for writing grant proposals, with a focus on federal grant applications.
www.cfda.gov/public/cat-writing.htm

Grant Opportunity Resources, Knowledge Network Explorer, Pacific Bell
Short list of online grant writing resources.
www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/grants

Grantors and Grantsmanship, Nonprofit Resource Center
Short list of online grant writing resources.
www.not-for-profit.org/grant.htm

Grantseeking in Minnesota, Minnesota Council on Foundations
Although much of this information is specific to Minnesota, the Writing a Successful Grant Proposal section can be used by anyone.
www.mcf.org/mcf/grant

The Grantsmanship Center
An exceptional resource for grant writing, the Grantsmanship Center conducts over 200 workshops in grantsmanship, proposal writing, and fundraising each year. Other resources include online publications, access to winning grant proposals, and online funding sources.
www.tgci.com

Grantwriting Resources, Community Resource Institute
Short list of online grant writing resources.
www.granted.org/grants.html

Grant-Writing Tutorial, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Interactive software tool that walks you through the grant writing process and teaches you to write more competitive grants.
www.epa.gov/seahome/grants.html

Polaris Grants Central
Tips and hints for writing a winning grant proposal, how to design a fundable project, and how to approach funders. Website includes ordering information for several books on grantsmanship including the best-selling Grantseekerís Toolkit. The center also offers grant writing workshops.
polarisgrantscentral.net/index.html

Proposal Writing: Grantsmanship, University of Pittsburgh
Brief description of how to write a grant proposal and questions to consider while writing.
www.pitt.edu/~snoguchi/cjmw/wk99/eg/egp.htm

Proposal Writing Short Course, The Foundation Center
Topics in this short course include getting background information, components of a proposal, the executive summary, the statement of need, the project description, organizational information, and the conclusion.
fdncenter.org/onlib/shortcourse/prop1.html


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