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Finding Government Grants and Loans

Q:  Where do I go to find information on government grants or loans?

A:  The Internet:  The Office of Federal Financial Management now requires all Federal agencies to post grant opportunities on line as of 7 November 2003.

The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance http://www.cfda.gov/ or CFDA. gives you access to a database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally -recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals. After you find the program you want, contact the office that administers the program and find out how to apply. This catalog is also available in print format at the Reference Desk of the Fresno County Public Library.

Grants.gov http://www.grants.gov/ is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $400 billion in annual awards.

USA.gov http://www.usa.gov is a government web site that provides the public with easy, one-stop access to all online U.S. federal government resources, including government benefits and grants information.

USA.gov for Nonprofits http://usa.gov/Business/Nonprofit.shtml links to federal websites and information about grant programs by cabinet department and federal agency. Visitors can also search Notices of Funding Availability from the Federal Register.

Foundation Directory Online Professional database is available at the Fresno Central Library on the library’s database page. Nonprofit organizations can use this tool to research prospective funders.  The database provides access to detailed information on grantmakers, companies, grants, and grant recipients, as well as access to grantmaker websites.  Need help with this tool?  The Fresno Non-profit Advancement Council (http://www.fresnononprofits.com/) assists nonprofits in the use of this tool and provides other assistance in getting funded.

The Foundation Grants to Individuals Online database is available at the Fresno Central Library on the library’s database page. Foundation grants are available to individuals for such things as fellowships, research grants and scholarships from community foundations. The database contains more than 6,200 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grant seekers.  

Small Business Guide to Government Grants and Loans.  The truth is that federal and state governments do not provide grants for starting and expanding small businesses. However, the U.S. government does offer a wide-variety of low-interest loans and venture capital financing programs to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. In addition, some federal and state agencies award a limited number of grants for very specialized business activities such as scientific research and development. http://business.usa.gov

National Endowment for the Arts http://www.nea.gov/grants/index.html supports all areas of the arts.

California Grants http://www.ca.gov/Grants.html Grants from the State of California organized by subject.

Fresno Regional Foundation http://www.fresnoregfoundation.org/ provides grants to nonprofit organizations in Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Tulare, and Kings Counties.