There is a list of available government grants that anyone can get through federal agencies. These lists are made available for free and can be used by anyone interested in government grants. This is circulated within the state and federal organizations.

How are these lists created? Congress sets aside a certain amount for federal grants, or for major projects allocated for the populace. The doling out of these grants are up to the various government agencies. These projects may have come about because of recommendations from the president or other constituents of the can be suggested by anyone, from the President to the states or the government constituents, but the main thing to remember is that there are funds allotted for people to use. Regular people just like you.

While these funds are for the betterment of the community, the congress has the final say as far as allocation is concerned. Therefore, there are no fixed projects that this money is for, and it’s up to the people to find out from the list which grants they can apply for.

A free list of Congress-approved government grants can be obtained from the Catalog for Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA). This is your first stop if you want to find out more about grants, what they’re for, who can apply and general information about how these grants are distributed.

For the regular layperson, some grant terminology can be rather confusing. This is true particularly if you have never applied for a grant in your life. Before visiting the CFDA site, it is recommended that you find out what some terms may mean and to familiarize yourself with as many nuances of grant awarding as you can.

The free list of government grants is open to organizations as well as individuals. Each entry on the list provides information on what the grant money is for, and how it can help the community. There will also be some information on how to apply for it and how your application will be reviewed. Take note of the timeframe for approval and whether or not you will get notified by mail or by phone.

Applying for a grant seems easy on paper. However, those who have tried will tell you it is no easy task. You have to prepare some documents and you have to make sure that everything in your application can be verified. Minimal errors in the application process can hurt you, so make sure to double check everything before you send.

If you’re interested, here are some of the web sites where you can find the free lists: The Department of Justice (DOJ); the Department of Transportation (DOT); the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); the Department of Education Grants and Contracts Information; the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and the Stopping Violence Against Women and the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) lists over 300 programs.

FEMA or the Federal Emergency Management Agency also gives out free lists and helps calamity victims get back on their feet. Lists are also available made available by the Department of Agriculture. If you want information on the Food Stamps program, this is the place to visit.

The Social Security Administration will give free lists of grants in four areas: survivor’s benefits, disability benefits, retirement benefits and supplemental security income.
If you have questions about educational benefits, you could try at the Veteran’s Administration. Students can go to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.

There are other sites you could go to as well like Grantsnet, Non-Profit Gateway, GovBenefits (http://www.govbenefits.gov/) and The Foundation Center.