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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 Grants.gov 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 more or less to several kinds of security – such as agriculture, economic development, national security, fire protection, law enforcement, and justice.

 

Agriculture and Rural America:

In addition to agricultural concerns, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grants and Loans website covers support in rural areas for housing, hospitals, fire protection, public safety, libraries, schools, daycare centers and other community-based initiatives, as well as for rural utilities such as water, waste treatment, electric power and telecommunications. Individual program links provide program descriptions, eligibility requirements, program contacts, application materials, agency regulations, and other information.

 

Business Research and Development:

Although the Small Business Administration (SBA) does not provide grants for starting and expanding a business, it does offer them for scientific research and development under its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The two programs’ website covers eligibility criteria, application process, program descriptions, proposal solicitations, calendars, grant awards, external resources, and more.

 

Justice and Law Enforcement:

At the US Department of Justice (USDOJ) are grants in such areas as research, state and local law enforcement, training and technical assistance, criminal justice system improvement, juvenile justice, and violence prevention, among others. Links take grant seekers to funding opportunities, program descriptions, application kits, proposal development guidance, grants management, and many other resources.

 

National Security:

The US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) offers grants in such areas as preparedness, disasters, and assistance to firefighters. Its grant management resources include links to grant opportunities, application resources, fact sheets, grants archives, FAQs, and state-level points of contact.

 

Later posts in this series will address the federal grants portal (Grants.gov), special tools for grant seekers, and private grant-making entities, such as foundations and corporations.

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