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In the United States of America, about 26 Federal agencies and Cabinet-level departments conduct competitions for discretionary grants. Notices of funding availability (NOFAs) and requests for proposals (RFPs) appear in the Federal Register and on the portal. In addition, they often appear on the individual agencies’ websites.


Organizations planning to seek competitive grants from a federal agency need to register with the government through the Central Contractor Registry (CCR) and to acquire a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number through Dun and Bradstreet.


This post will address federal-level entities (in the United States of America) that hold competitions for discretionary grants for purposes related to infrastructure (e.g., interstate commerce, energy, housing, telecommunications, and transportation). Later posts will address other federal-level grant-making entities.



The US Department of Commerce competes grants in such areas as telecommunications, fisheries, and oceanic and atmospheric sciences, among others. Its website resources cover funding opportunities, program descriptions, grant management, and much more.



At the US Department of Energy, grants are available in such areas as energy conservation, energy efficiency, and alternative energy. Its resources include extensive program guidance as well as links to projects, technical assistance, funding opportunities, and other information.



The US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) grant portal and its many links cover funding opportunities, application packages, grant awards, grant-related training materials. They also provide links to related state program offices and a plethora of regulatory and administrative guidance for grants management.



At the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) are grant programs in the areas of broadband technology, public safety communications, public telecommunications facilities, and low-power television transmission. Its website provides materials on grant opportunities and pertinent policies, but presents no direct links to application materials or other resources for grant seekers.



The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHA) provides links to information about discretionary grants for multiple purposes including eligibility, program descriptions, and selection criteria, as does its Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program for surface transportation infrastructure.


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