The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is responsible for disseminating federal domestic assistance program information through the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA). GSA maintains the federal assistance information database from which the program information is obtained.
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) defines federal assistance and benefits as "Assistance" or "benefits" refering to the transfer of money, property, services, or anything of value, the principal purpose of which is to accomplish a public purpose of support or stimulation authorized by federal statute. Assistance includes, but is not limited to grants, loans, loan guarantees, scholarships, mortgage loans, insurance, and other types of financial assistance, including cooperative agreements; property, technical assistance, counseling, statistical, and other expert information; and service activities of regulatory agencies.
Types of Assistance
Allocations of money to states or their subdivisions in accordance with a distribution formula prescribed by law or administrative regulation, for activities of a continuing nature not confined to a specific project.
The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects or the delivery of specific services or products without liability for damages for failure to perform. Project grants include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, construction grants, and unsolicited contractual agreements.
Programs which provide instructional activities conducted directly by a federal agency for individuals not employed by the federal government.
(excerpt from the Higher Education Procedures for the Federal Funds Application Database)
Federal Funding Possibilities
LINK to federal sources
Department of Education
The Department of Education awards grants and contracts to schools, school districts, researchers, and others to implement new methodologies, research effective practice, implement educational reform, and provide the Department goods and services. Here you'll find information about current funding opportunities and documents to help you understand the grants and contracts processes and rules.
Federal Government Grant Information
A resource listing of Federal funding resources.
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