It's no secret that federal grants are complicated. But it's not just writing the RFP that's tough. Determining if your organization is even eligible to apply can also be tricky. Some grants allow anyone to apply: state agencies, private organizations, individuals, consortiums, tribal organizations, cooperatives, partnerships, for-profit, non-profit, you get the idea.
Other grants are much more restrictive. Some may have geographical limitations or require the applicant to be a political subdivision of a state or an institute of higher learning with a specific program already in place. Be sure to read the eligibility requirements closely to determine if your organization will be considered for funding before you waste hours writing a proposal that never had a chance in the first place.
See this week's newly opened federal funding opportunities here, or review the three we've highlighted below.
Department of Agriculture
Grant Title: Local Food Promotion Program
Grant Info: https://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=315002
Details: The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) offers grant funds with a 25% match to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets.
Department of Health and Human Services
Grant Title: Ethnic Community Self-Help Program
Grant Info: https://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=309697
Details: This program supports Ethnic Community-Based Organizations (ECBOs) in providing refugee populations with critical services to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society. An ECBO is a non-profit organization that was founded and is led by a current or former refugee, or a group of current and former refugees and immigrants, primarily for the advancement of refugees.
National Endowment for the Humanities
Grant Title: Digital Projects for the Public
Grant Info: https://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=315041
Details: The program supports projects that interpret and analyze humanities content in primarily digital platforms and formats, such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments. All projects should demonstrate the potential to attract a broad, general, nonspecialist audience, either online or in person at venues such as museums, libraries, or other cultural institutions
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