Grant Applicants

The following resources are for people seeking information or assistance applying for Federal Grants. Please contact our office for additional information or assistance.

The following is compiled by the Congressional Research Service.

GRANTS AND FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE

Guidance and key resources to help eligible grantseekers find information on federal grants, loans, and nonfinancial assistance for projects, as well as on private funding. Prepared by the Congressional Research Service for Members of Congress, updated February 2017.

How Best to Find Information
  1. Find out Who is Eligible for a Grant? Other government websites may be more suitable for personal needs, student loans, small business assistance , or other business opportunities such as government contracting. The website Government Benefits, Grants, and Loans may also be of help.
  2. If eligible, search for program information in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA). Includes grants, loans, business and nonfinancial help.
  3. Contact federal office given in CFDA program description: if state or local office is indicated, check Regional Agency Offices at top of CFDA website for addresses.
  4. Go to federal websites given in each CFDA program description for more information and for state administering agencies responsible for managing these programs.
  5. Check current federal grants opportunities at Grants.gov, obtain a Dun and Bradstreet ( DUNS) number, register with System for Award Management (SAM), and apply online (links and instructions given at the website). Additional notices appear at FedConnect.net.
  6. Search foundations for project funding: use the Foundation Center Web site or Foundation Center Funding Information Network resources in libraries to identify national, state, and community foundations.
  7. Learn how to write grant proposals: Take the free online Foundation Center Proposal Writing Short Course or see other tips and sample proposals at Grantspace's How Do I Write a Grant Proposal?
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Key Federal Funding Sources

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (General Services Administration)
The Catalog (CFDA), issued annually and updated continuously on the Web, describes some 1600 federal grants and non financial assistance programs. Grantseekers can identify programs that might support their projects and can learn the program’s objectives, requirements, application procedures and contacts. For current notices of funding availability, see Grants.gov or FedConnect.net.

Grants.gov (managed by Dept. of Health and Human Services)
Federal website that allows eligible grantseekers (see Who is Eligible for a Grant?) to find and apply for current competitive grant opportunities from ALL federal agencies. Grantseekers can check on notices of funding availability (NOFA) posted in the last 7 days; access an RSS feed of grant opportunities; and apply for federal grants through a unified process by downloading the application and submitting online. The website guides grantseekers in obtaining a Dun and Bradstreet (DUNS) number and registering with System for Award Management (SAM) and registering with Grants.gov to apply and to track applications. For full federal program descriptions, see CFDA below. See also website FedConnect.net for additional grants and contracts opportunities.

State Single Points of Contact  (Office of Management and Budget)
Under Executive Order 12372, some states require federal grants applicants to submit a copy of their application for state government level review and comment. The state offices listed here coordinate federal financial assistance and may direct federal development. For help in identifying state-level grants, other state government agencies websites may be found at: State and Local Agencies.

CFDA in Local Libraries (Government Printing Office)
Although the Catalog is available full-text on the Internet, some may prefer a print edition. However, only the Web Catalog is continuously updated. The published volume is annual with no supplements. The Catalog is available in all states in Federal Depository Libraries (click on link FDLP Public Page).

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Related Federal Sources

A-Z Index of U.S. Departments and Agencies (General Services Administration)
To better develop a grant proposal, search a department or agency’s Home Page to learn more about its programs and objectives. The site USA.gov also links to Government Benefits, Grants, and Loans.

USA.gov for Businesses and Nonprofits (GSA)
Includes contracting with the U.S. government, international trade and exporting, and small business. See also financial assistance links at the Small Business Administration website.

FedBizOpps.gov (GSA)
Official website posting business, contracting, and procurement opportunities with the federal government. Useful information for vendors, including FBO Demonstration Videos and Frequently Asked Questions, appear under the Getting Started tab. Search options include an advanced search form for more targeted filtering of current opportunities.

Student Aid on the Web (Dept. of Education)
Information on funding education beyond high school, including grants, loans, and work-study assistance to qualified students.

Benefits.gov (via Department of Labor)
Includes information on over 1,000 government assistance programs, and how to apply. Covers direct payment, loan, insurance, training, or other services.

FTC Consumer Alert (Federal Trade Commission)
The FTC warns consumers to beware of paying "processing fees" for information that is available free to the public. Ads claiming federal grants are available for home repairs, home business, unpaid bills, or other personal expenses are often a scam.

OMB Grants Management Web Site (Office of Management and Budget)
OMB establishes government-wide grants management policies and guidelines through circulars and common rules.  OMB Circulars  are cited in Catalog program descriptions and may be printed out fulltext.

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Community Project Funding Requests

Congressman Dunn has submitted funding requests for important community projects in Florida’s 2nd District to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Under guidelines issued by the Committee, each Representative may request funding for a few select projects in their community for Fiscal Year 2022. Projects are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams, and only state and local governments and eligible non-profit entities are permitted to receive funding. 

In compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Congressman Dunn has certified that he, his spouse, and his immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects he has requested. The projects below are listed in no particular order.

 

Transportation & Infrastructure Committee (Member Designated Project)

Old Madison Hwy Improvements from US Hwy 90 to Taylor St

City of Live Oak, Suwannee County, Florida, Congressional District 2

$1.1 million

City of Live Oak

101 White Ave SE, Live Oak, FL 32064

 

Transportation & Infrastructure Committee (Member Designated Project)

Helvenston Street Roadway and Utility Improvements from US 129 to US 90

City of Live Oak, Suwannee County, Florida, Congressional District 2

$3.7 million

City of Live Oak

101 White Ave SE, Live Oak, FL 32064

 

Transportation & Infrastructure Committee (Member Designated Project)

US 231 Widening Utilities Relocation

Bay County, Florida, Congressional District 2

$3.0 million

Bay County Board of Commissioners

840 W 11th St, Panama City, FL 32401

 

Transportation & Infrastructure Committee (Member Designated Project)

US 98 City of Mexico Beach/Tyndall Air Force Base Wastewater System Improvements

Bay County, Florida, Congressional District 2

$5.0 million

Bay County Board of Commissioners

840 W 11th St, Panama City, FL 32401

 

 

Congressman Dunn has submitted funding requests for important community projects in Florida’s 2nd District to the House Committee on Appropriations.

Under guidelines issued by the Committee, each Representative may request funding for a few select projects in their community for Fiscal Year 2022. Projects are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams, and only state and local governments and eligible non-profit entities are permitted to receive funding. 

In compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Congressman Dunn has certified that he, his spouse, and his immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects he has requested. The projects below are listed in no particular order.

To read the consolidated community project certification letter, click here. 

 

Emergency Response Complex at Gulf Coast State College

Gulf Coast State College

$389,000

5230 West Highway 98, Panama City, Florida, 32401

The proposed Emergency Response Complex at Gulf Coast State College will deliver safe, controlled, and effective, real-world training opportunities to local and regional first responders, and will supplement academic programs for students pursuing degrees in public safety-related fields. The multi-modal approach includes business and residential landscapes, with facilities designed to deliver scenario-based training that replicates the challenges first responders face. First responders and students will respond to real-world scenarios that are not feasible in a classroom setting, providing the most realistic training opportunities for law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical service providers. Cross-functional scenarios involving active, rapidly evolving events will enable first responders to train together to enhance coordinated efforts and communication. Well-trained and educated first responders enhance the safety and quality of life of the citizens served.

 

Blountstown Wastewater Treatment Facility Enhancement

City of Blountstown

$3,918,961

20591 Central Avenue West, Blountstown, FL 32424 

The City of Blountstown is currently under a Consent Order and Administrative Order which address domestic wastewater issues related to the Blountstown Wastewater Treatment Facility.  It is imperative that the City completes this project to fulfill the requirements of the Consent and Administrative Orders.  This project includes upgrades to the existing wastewater treatment facility for land application of treated effluent via a groundwater recharge constructed wetlands, which should improve surface water quality in Sutton Creek by removing the existing discharge point.  It should be further noted that Sutton Creek flows directly to the Apalachicola River which is listed as an Outstanding Florida Water.

 

New Franklin County Emergency Operations Center

Franklin County Florida Board of Commissioners

$1,500,000

33 Market Street, Suite 305, Apalachicola, Florida 32320

The new Franklin County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be designed with sufficient workspace for elected officials, local leadership, response agency staff, furnishings, equipment, and communications to sustain continuous emergency operations and will be designed with no less than 3,500 gross square feet of floor area. The EOC is responsible for supporting all incident operations affecting Franklin County and is the coordination point for all consequence management activities, those events that are outside the incident footprint or scope but affecting community members and is key to minimizing any conflict, confusion, or duplication of efforts during the response or recovery phases of an incident.  

 

Gulf County Floating Dry Dock Transformational Project

Gulf County Board of County Commissioners

$1,000,000

1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd, Port St. Joe, FL 32456 

The Gulf County Floating Dry Dock transformational project proposes to develop an ongoing ship repair and haul-out facility in Port St. Joe, FL. Necessary infrastructure includes a self-docking floating dry dock capable of handling vessels up to 10,000 LT weight and serves as a catalyst to a myriad of additional business and industry for Gulf County and the region. The proposal enables Port St Joe, Gulf County, and the region to become a vessel outfitting and vessel repair center for the northern Gulf of Mexico.

 

City of Bonifay / Holmes County Recreation Center Rehabilitation

City of Bonifay

$3,486,690

313 McKinnon Ave, Bonifay, FL 32425

The Multipurpose and Recreational Center is home to baseball and softball games of various organizations, the Special Olympics, and other countless events. Existing structures within the park have deteriorated due to age and the lack of funds for improvements. The proposed improvements would provide a safe environment for all users of this facility as well as make the park accessible to all ages and abilities. A portion of the proposed improvements will also allow for emergency vehicle access which is essential.

 

Hope School Infrastructure Upgrades

Jackson County School District

$85,000

2903 Jefferson Street, Marianna, FL  32446

Hope School serves 112 students with disabilities in Jackson County, Florida. These funds will be used to repave recreational space for children of varying physical disabilities as well as to equip doors with card readers to keep the campus safe.

 

Rehabilitation of the Runway 18-36 at the Tallahassee International Airport

City of Tallahassee

$3,000,000

300 S. Adams St., Tallahassee FL 32301

Community project funding is being requested for the design and rehabilitation of Runway 18-36 at the Tallahassee International Airport (TLH). The project includes the realignment of associated taxiway connectors to meet current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) design and safety criteria. Additional improvements to be addressed include the replacement of the failing electrical infrastructure for the runway and taxiway lighting systems and an upgrade of the existing Instrument Landing System (ILS) on Runway 36 from Category I (CAT I) to Special Authorization Category II (SA CAT II).

 

City of Williston Fire and Police Department Construction

City of Williston

$5,391,230

50 NW Main St, Williston, FL 32696

The requested funds will be used to construct a facility to house the Fire and Police Departments in Williston, Florida. The City of Williston Fire Rescue Department is responsible for responding to all types of fire, vehicle accidents, medical calls, alarms, hazardous materials incidents, technical rescues, and other incidents within the 6.75 square miles of the City of Williston along with a contracted response district totaling roughly 128 square miles within Levy County. A new hardened facility would not only benefit the eastern side of Levy County but would also provide a response to the growing residential areas of the City.

 

Bristol Florida EMS Facility Construction

Liberty County Board of County Commissioners

$1,100,000

PO Box 399, Bristol, FL 32321

This project will include the construction of a new EMS facility that will be located in Bristol, FL.  The current EMS facility was built in 1966 as a residential property and eventually converted to use as an EMS facility and is too small to adequately serve the needs of the community.

 

North Florida Emerging Agriculture Enterprises Accelerator

The University of Florida

$850,000

1001 McCarty Hall D, Gainesville, FL 32611-0180

Funding is requested for a Greenhouse and Head House to create a North Florida Agriculture Accelerator in Suwannee Valley that will develop novel commodities, technologies and tools. The 5000 SF greenhouse and 1200 SF head house buildings will support research, demonstration, and outreach to the community.  These modern facilities are designed toward emerging cropping systems and technologies.  They will leverage UF’s virtual classrooms, state-of-the-art data infrastructure (e.g., Artificial Intelligence capabilities), and UF research sites to create the accelerator.  This partnership will lead to new commodities, public-private partnerships and accelerate rural agricultural development in the community. 

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Private and Corporate Funding

Foundation Center Grants Space
Gateway to information about private funding sources, the grant seeking process, guidelines on writing a grant proposal, addresses of state libraries with grants reference collections, and links to other useful Internet websites. The Center maintains a comprehensive database on foundations; produces print and electronic directories and guides; conducts research and publishes studies in the field; and offers a variety of training and educational seminars.

Grant Resources by State (Grantsmanship Center)
Click on state map to find links to information about a state’s foundations, community foundations, corporate giving programs and the state’s home page.

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