Congressman Ed Perlmutter and our office recognize the increasing need of constituents to seek grants. Our staff is trained by the Congressional Research Service to meet these growing needs in the 7th Congressional district. If Congressman Perlmutter or his staff can provide any assistance to you or your city or town, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our door is always open, and we look forward to hearing from you.
Grants Services Offered by Congressman Perlmutter to Help Serve and Assist our Constituents:
Finding and Applying for a Grant
From the initial research of the grant opportunity, to navigating the grants online system, Congressman Perlmutter’s Grants Specialist can help you with this process. While there are thousands of grant opportunities, the Grant Specialist will get you started and give you the tools you need to research and find the perfect grant for your organization. Please contact the Grants Specialist with any questions or requests.
Letter of Support/ Letter of Interest
If a letter of support or a letter of interest is needed by your organization for your grant application, our office is able to help you prepare one of these letters. Please contact the Grants Specialist with a summary of the grant and a template letter. This will be reviewed and submitted to Congressman Perlmutter.
Click here to download the Letter of Support Request Form.
Below are some resources you will find useful in seeking grants:
Grants and Federal Domestic Assistance
Information Web page, prepared by the Congressional Research Service for Members of Congress, which gives guidance and Internet resources on Federal grants and nonfinancial assistance, as well as on private foundation funding. The Slide show "Grants Information for Constituents" provides overview and tips, reviews key sources, and demonstrates doing a typical grants request. [Updated March 2007]
Find funding programs and learn how to write grant proposals:
If eligible, search for programs 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 Officesat 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 Grants.gov, 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 FedConnect.
Learn how to write grant proposals: follow CFDA's Developing and Writing Grant Proposals.
Where to Look for Grants
Often times, the best place to begin a grant search is with the agency which administers the area you are seeking funding for. Those agencies frequently have details of various federal programs on their web sites. For example:
- Department of Commerce
- Department of Education
- Department of Energy
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Department of Justice
- Department of Agriculture
- Small Business Administration
- Office of Science Grants and Contracts
- National Institute of Health
- Department of Transportation
- Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
- CFDA Indexes and Listings
- Writing Grant Proposals
- Federal Agency Contacts in States
- State Single Points of Contact
- CFDA in Print
- CFDA in Local Libraries
Grants.gov (via Dept. of Health and Human Services)
Federal grants Web site that allows organizations to electronically find and apply for current competitive grant opportunities from ALL Federal agencies. Grant seekers can check on notices of funding availability posted in the last 7 days; sign up to receive e-mail notification of future grant opportunities; and apply for Federal grants online through a unified process. For full Federal program descriptions, see CFDA below.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (General Services Administration)
The Catalog (CFDA), issued annually and updated continuously on the Web, describes some 1600 Federal grants and non financial assistance programs. Grantseekers can identify programs that might support their projects and can learn the program's objectives, requirements, application procedures and contacts. For current notices of funding availability, see Grants.gov.
Catalog Indexes and Listings(GSA)
Although keyword searching is often a good place to start, also browse by broad subject (Functional Area), by Federal Department or Agency, or by Beneficiary to identify more Federal funding programs.
Developing and Writing Grant Proposals (CFDA)
Guidance in formulating Federal grant applications, including initial proposal development, basic components of a proposal, review recommendations, and referral to Federal guidelines and literature.
Federal Regional or Local Office Addresses (CFDA Appendix IV; by Agency or by State)
Much of the Federal grants budget moves to the States through formula and block grants -- State, regional, and local Federal offices often handle grants applications and funds disbursement. If the CFDA program description refers to a State or regional Information Contact as listed in Appendix IV, grant seekers should contact them before applying for funding to obtain the most up-to-date information.
State 'Single Points of Contact' (Office of Management and Budget) CFDA in Print (Government Printing Office) · A-Z Index of U.S. Departments and Agencies · Disaster Assistance · Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy · Faith-Based and Community Initiatives · FTC Consumer Alert · GovBenefits.gov · Homeland Security State Contacts & Grant Award Information · OMB Grants Management Website · Student Aid on the Web · USA.gov for Business · USA.gov for Government-to-Government · USA.gov for Nonprofits A-Z Index of U.S. Departments and Agencies (General Services Administration) Disaster Assistance (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (Department of Energy) Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives) FTC Consumer Alert (Federal Trade Commission) GovBenefits.gov (GSA) Homeland Security State Contacts & Grant Award Information (Dept. of Homeland Security) OMB Grants Management Web Site (Office of Management and Budget) Student Aid on the Web (Department of Education) USA.gov for Business (General Services Administration) USA.gov Government-to-Government (General Services Administration) USA.gov for Nonprofits (General Services Administration) The Foundation Center Community Foundation Locator (Council on Foundations) Grant Resources by State (Grantsmanship Center) Grants and Other Funding Sources (House Information Resources)
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 government (both Federal and State) grants development and may provide guidance to grant seekers. For help in identifying State-level grants, other State government agencies Web sites include: State and Local Agencies by Topic, the Library of Congress' State Government Informationand National Association of State Development Agencies.
Although the Catalog is available full-text on the Internet, some may prefer a print edition. However, only the Web Catalog is continuously updated—the published volume is annual with no supplements.
To better develop a grant proposal, search a department or agency's Home Page to learn more about its programs and objectives. The site USA.govalso has an Government Benefits, Grants and Financial Aid.
FEMA disaster assistance falls into three general categories: Individual and Households; Public Assistance for emergency services and repair or replacement of damaged public facilities; and Hazard Mitigation funding to reduce future losses to public and private property.
Grants are EERE's primary funding vehicle for businesses, industries, universities and others. Most EERE grants are awarded on merit on a competitive basis. EERE financial assistance opportunities are listed in the Financial Opportunities by Audiencedatabase and on Grants.govor FedConnect. For state-by-state information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency, search DSIRE(Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency).
The Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, and Labor operate a number of programs to serve Americans in need for which faith-based and community organizations may apply. Consult Guidance to Faith-Based and Community Organizations on Partnering with the Federal Governmentand Federal Funds for Organizations That Help Those in Need.
The FTC warns consumers to beware of paying "processing fees" for information that is available free to the public. Ads claiming federal grants are available for home repairs, home business, unpaid bills, or other personal expenses are often a scam.
Free online screening tool to identify government benefits and how to apply. Covers direct payment, loan, insurance, training, or other services. Browse programs by State, by category, or ‘Get Results by Questionnaire’.
Information on federal homeland security and public safety grants. Includes Urban Area Security Initiative Grant Program (UASI), Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program (LETPP), and Assistance to Firefighters.
OMB establishes government-wide grants management policies and guidelines through circulars and common rules. OMB Circulars are cited in Catalog program descriptions and may be printed out full text.
Financial assistance for education beyond high school is generally "needs-based" and often includes loans and work-study, in addition to some grants. College and university applications, websites, and brochures usually include financial aid information for prospective and incoming students.
Includes contracting with the U.S. government, international trade and exporting, and small business. See also Business.govand the Small Business Administration websites.
Thousands of grants and loans are made by the Federal government to State and local governments and other public entities. This site provides one-stop access to grants management and Federal assistance programs, in addition to resources about acquisition and procurement, financial management, and taxes.
Links to Federal department and agency information and service for nonprofit organizations, including fundraising and outreach, grants, loans and other assistance, laws and regulations, management and operations, online services, registration and licensing, and tax information.
Gateway to information about private funding sources, the grant seeking process, guidelines on writing a grant proposal, addresses of State libraries with grants reference collections, and links to other useful websites. The Center maintains a comprehensive database on foundations; produces print, Web, and CD-ROM directories and guides; conducts research and publishes studies in the field; and offers a variety of training and educational seminars.
Community foundations have special interest in funding local and community projects.
On this website, click on the state map to find links to information about a state's foundations, community foundations, corporate giving programs and the state's home page.
Resource page, compiled for congressional offices, covering public and private Web links under funding categories such as:
CFDA in Print (Government Printing Office)
· A-Z Index of U.S. Departments and Agencies
· Disaster Assistance
· Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
· Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
· FTC Consumer Alert
· Homeland Security State Contacts & Grant Award Information
· OMB Grants Management Website
· Student Aid on the Web
· USA.gov for Business
· USA.gov for Government-to-Government
· USA.gov for Nonprofits
A-Z Index of U.S. Departments and Agencies (General Services Administration)
Disaster Assistance (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (Department of Energy)
Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives)
FTC Consumer Alert (Federal Trade Commission)
Homeland Security State Contacts & Grant Award Information (Dept. of Homeland Security)
OMB Grants Management Web Site (Office of Management and Budget)
Student Aid on the Web (Department of Education)
USA.gov for Business (General Services Administration)
USA.gov Government-to-Government (General Services Administration)
USA.gov for Nonprofits (General Services Administration)
The Foundation Center
Community Foundation Locator (Council on Foundations)
Grant Resources by State (Grantsmanship Center)
Grants and Other Funding Sources (House Information Resources)