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, your city, or your 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]

Grants Information for Constituents


How Best to Find Information

Find funding programs and learn how to write grant proposals:

  1. Find out Who is eligible for a Grant?Other government websites may be more suitable for personal need, 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.
  2. If eligible, search for programs in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance(CFDA). Includes grants, loans, business and non-financial help.

  3. Contact federal office given in CFDA program description: if state or local office is indicated, check Regional Agency Offices at top of CFDA website for addresses.

  4. Go to federal websites given in each CFDA program description for more information and for state administering agencies responsible for managing these programs.

  5. Check current federal grants opportunities at, 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.

  6. Search foundations for project funding: use the Foundation Center website or Foundation Center Cooperating Collections in libraries to identify national, state, and community foundations.

  7. 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: 


Key Federal Funding Sources

  • 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 (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

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 grant applications and fund 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)

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' websites include: State and Local Agencies by Topic, the Library of Congress' State Government Information and National Association of State Development Agencies.

CFDA in Print (Government Printing Office)

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.

Related Federal Resources

·         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

· for Business

· for Government-to-Government

· for Nonprofits


A-Z Index of U.S. Departments and Agencies (General Services Administration)
To better develop a grant proposal, search a department or agency's Home Page to learn more about its programs and objectives. The site also has an Government Benefits, Grants and Financial Aid.

Disaster Assistance (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
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.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (Department of Energy)
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 Audience database and on or 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).

Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives)
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 Government and Federal Funds for Organizations That Help Those in Need.

FTC Consumer Alert (Federal Trade Commission)
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. (GSA)
Free online screening tool to identify government benefits and show how to apply for government benefits. Covers direct payment, loan, insurance, training, or other services. Browse programs by State, by category, or ‘Get Results by Questionnaire’.

Homeland Security State Contacts & Grant Award Information (Dept. of Homeland Security)
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 Grants Management Web Site (Office of Management and Budget)
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.

Student Aid on the Web (Department of Education)
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. for Business (General Services Administration)
Includes contracting with the U.S. government, international trade and exporting, and small business. See also and the Small Business Administration websites. Government-to-Government (General Services Administration)
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. for Nonprofits (General Services Administration)
Links to Federal department and agency information and services 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.


Private & Corporate Funding Sources

The Foundation Center
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 Foundation Locator (Council on Foundations)
Community foundations have special interest in funding local and community projects.


Grant Resources by State (Grantsmanship Center)
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.


Additional Resources

 Grants and Other Funding Sources (House Information Resources)

Resource page, compiled for congressional offices, covering public and private Web links under funding categories such as:

  • Where to Find Federal Grants
  • How to Apply for Grants
  • Help with Managing the Grant Process
  • Foundations
  • Non-profit Charitable Organizations
  • Corporate Charitable Giving
  • Small Business Resources
  • International Trade & Development
  • State & Local Govt. Funding Resources
  • Disaster Assistance
  • Money for College
  • Scholarships - Specific Fields of Study
  • Internships/Summer Employment
  • Computers for Schools and Communities
  • Other Educational Resources
  • Surplus & Unclaimed Property
  • Consumer Protection
  • Demographic and Statistical Resources
  • Other Helpful Resources