Our office recognizes the vital support grant programs can provide. Our staff is trained by the Congressional Research Service to meet these needs in the 7th Congressional district. If our office can provide any assistance to you, your city, or your town, please do not hesitate to contact us. Below are some guidelines and resources we hope you find helpful. We look forward to hearing from you. All grant-related questions should be directed to Garrett Lukken at  garrett.lukken@mail.house.gov or by calling (202) 225-2645.

Finding and Applying for a Grant

From the initial research of the grant opportunity, to navigating the grants online system, our office can help you with this process. While there are thousands of grant opportunities, the resources below will get you started and give you the tools you need to research and find the perfect grant for your organization.

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 provide a summary of the grant and a template letter and submit to Garrett Lukken at garrett.lukken@mail.house.gov. Please call (202) 225-2645 with any questions.

Click here to complete the Grant Assistance Letter of Support form.

Below are some resources you will find useful in seeking grants:

How Best to Find Information

  1. Find out Who is Eligible for a Grant? Other government websites may be more suitable for personal needs, 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 program information in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA). Includes grants, loans, business and nonfinancial 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 Grants.gov, obtain a Dun and Bradstreet a DUNS number, register with Central Contractor Registration CCR number, and apply online (links and instructions given at the website). Additional notices appear at FedConnect.net.
  6. Search foundations for project funding: use the Foundation Center Web site 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, or take the free online Foundation Center Proposal Writing Short Course.

Key Federal Funding Sources

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 (General Services Administration)
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.

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