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

State and Local Directories
Community Foundation Links, Community Resource Institute

Community Foundation Services, Council on Foundations

Community Foundations by State, The Grantsmanship Center

Funding Through State Government, The Grantsmanship Center
Start at your stateís homepage to find state agency funding opportunities.

Single Points of Contact, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Check this site to see if your state requires a review of federal grant applications.

State Search, National Association of State Information Resource Executives
Search state agency websites to see if there are funding opportunities that fit your project.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Grants Information on the Web, University of Minnesota Extension Service
Links to online grant information from the federal government, foundations, corporations, and nonprofits.

Internet Prospector Reference Desk
Information about corporations, foundations and grants, links to online fundraising news, and a newsletter.

MoneyNet, The Enterprise Foundation
Fundraising fundamentals, funding sources, and links to other online resources.

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.

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.

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

Specific Program Areas
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.

Grants and Contracts, U.S. Department of Transportation
List of funding opportunities related to transportation, several handbooks, and statistical summaries of grant assistance programs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nonprofit Gateway, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Loans and grants for business, community development, food security, and research and education.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Education and Youth
Database with information about more than 100 sources of federal funding for after-school and youth development programming

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.

Funding Opportunities, U.S. Department of Justice
Grant topics include juvenile justice and more. Includes an online application system.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.


ESRI Local Government Grants, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.
Grant awards have included GIS software solutions specific to local government needs.

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.

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.

Funding Resources, Rural Information Center Health Service, National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Federal funding resources for rural health care.

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.

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.

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.

Developing and Writing Grant Proposals, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Helpful hints for writing grant proposals, with a focus on federal grant applications.

Grant Opportunity Resources, Knowledge Network Explorer, Pacific Bell
Short list of online grant writing resources.

Grantors and Grantsmanship, Nonprofit Resource Center
Short list of online grant writing resources.

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.

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.

Grantwriting Resources, Community Resource Institute
Short list of online grant writing resources.

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.

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.

Proposal Writing: Grantsmanship, University of Pittsburgh
Brief description of how to write a grant proposal and questions to consider while writing.

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.

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