Step 2: Look for Grants

Step 2: Look for Grants

Grants.Gov is the best source for federal grant listings. You can sign up to receive notice of federal grant announcements.

Another place to look for federal grants is the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).

Applying for Federal Assistance

Who’s Who in Federal Grant Management

Grants Information for Constituents: CRS Report RS20514

The Foundation Center provides information for grantseekers. You can review Foundation Center material at any of their seven (Bellingham, Bremerton, Port Townsend, Redmond, Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma) Cooperating Collections sites in Washington State. Southwest Washington residents may use the Portland, OR center.

Online Orientation to the grant seeking process

A user-friendly guide to funding research and resources

A worksheet to help you organize your search

Glossary of grant terms


Grants by Category

Educational Organization

U.S. Department of Education

Education Secretary’s Regional Representative, Region X
915 Second Avenue, Room 3362
Seattle, WA 98174 1099
(206) 220 7800

    U.S. Department of Education Grants and Contracts Webpage

    List of Current Grant Competitions that are Open

    Forecast of Funding

    Office of Indian Education Programs

Education and Arts, Culture

    National Endowment for the Arts

    NEA - “Arts Learning”

    National Endowment for the Humanities Grants

    NEH Education Grants

Education and Technology

    Technology Opportunity Programs (TOP)

    USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program

Education and Science

    National Science Foundation

    United States Department of Energy

Education and the Environment

    EPA Office of Environmental Education Grant Program

Education and Agriculture, Rural Development

    Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service

    Education and National Service

Education and Native Americans

    Office of Indian Education Programs

    Funding Opportunities - USDA - Higher Education Programs (HEP)- Tribal Colleges Education Opportunity Grants

    Tribal College Research Grants

Financial Aid for Students

Please see the Students section of this website.

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Locating Federal, State, Local, Regional & Foundation Funding Opportunities for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy Western Regional office. return to top
Federally Recognized Tribes

U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs

Local Contact Information:
Northwest Regional Office
911 N.E. 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232-4169
(503) 231-6702

Tribes and Education

    Office of Indian Education Programs

    Native American Library Services

    Also see the Education Section on the Murray Grants Gateway.

Tribes and Economic Development

    Tribal Funding Opportunities

    U.S. Small Business Administration

    Please see the Small Business Section on the Murray Grants Gateway for further information, including local contact information.

Tribes and Housing

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

    Local Contacts:

    Seattle Office:
    909 1st Avenue, Suite 200
    Seattle, WA 98104 1000
    Phone: 206 220 5101
    Fax: 206 220 5133
    TTD: 206 220 5185

    Spokane Office:
    U.S. Courthouse Bldg.
    920 W. Riverside, Suite 588
    Spokane, WA 99201 1010
    Phone: 509 353 0674
    Fax: 509 353 0682
    TTD: 206 220 5185

    HUD Native American Link

    Office of Public and Indian Housing

Tribes and Health Care Health and Human Services

    Department of Health and Human Services

    Local Contact Information:
    Region X Office
    2201 Sixth Avenue, Room 1208
    Seattle, WA 98121
    (206) 615 2010

    Indian Health Service

    Administration for Native Americans

    Local Contact Information:
    2201 Sixth Avenue
    Suite 600
    Seattle WA 98121 1827
    Telephone: (206) 615 2547
    Fax: (206) 615 2575

    NOTE: Tribes may apply for grants other than the specific “tribal only” grants; please see Eligibility Requirements (Applicant Eligibility and Beneficiary Eligibility) of individual grants to determine if tribes may apply or receive the funds in question.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

Local HUD Offices in Washington

Home Repair Loans and Grants

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Nurse Education and Practice Grant Programs

HRSA Health Professions grants and cooperative agreements support innovations and targeted expansions in health professions education and training. HRSA Nursing Scholarships

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications

    Technology Opportunity Program (TOP)

    Public Telecommunications Facilities Program

USDA – Rural Utilities Services

    General Information regarding RUS Programs

    Broadband Program

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Workforce Development

Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration

U.S. Department of Commerce

Economic Development Administration

Brownfields Workforce Development Grants

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Natural Resources

The Environmental Finance Center at Boise State University

Directory of Watershed Resources

Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Grant's page

Wastewater, water quality, and tribal grants

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Grants

U.S. Department of the Interior

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Health Care

Health and Human Services Index of Grants

Health and Human Services Grant Process

Administration for Children and Families

Administration on Aging

Health Resources and Services

Distance Learning and Telemedicine

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Federal Transit Administration Grants

New Starts Program - for locally operated transit programs

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Public Safety and Health (Fire, Police, and other First Responders)

Terrorism Preparedness: Catalog of Selected Federal Assistance Programs (CRS RL31227)

Assistance Programs are broken down into the following categories in this document:

  • Emergency Management and Planning
  • Training
  • Equipment
  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Health and Medical Community

The Department of Homeland Security: State and Local Preparedness Issues CRS RL31490)

COPS Program

Assistance to Firefighters Program (CRS Report RS21302)

Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act: P.L. 107-188): Provisions and Changes to Preexisting Law. (CRS Report RL31263)

September 11th Related Grants: Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance - This webpage details funding related to September 11th.

Other Federal Assistance Programs

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Small Business

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is an excellent place to begin your search. Although, SBA does not offer grants to start or expand small businesses, they do offer loans. More about SBA Federal Grant Resources

Starting a Small

Financing Your Business: SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) -Counselors to America's Small Business, Seattle SCORE

SBA Business Development Centers - Washington state has 20 Centers, call your local regional SBA office for the site nearest you.Women's Business Development Centers

    Washington state has two Women's Business Development Centers (Everett and Seattle)

    Washington Small Business Development Centers (Lead Office)
    Washington State University
    601 W 1st Avenue
    Spokane, WA 99201-3899

Small Business Innovation Research - The SBIR program was originally established in 1982 by the Small Business Innovation Development Act, based on a successful pilot program at the National Science Foundation and the recommendation of a White House Conference on Small Business, then expanded and reauthorized, extending the program to the year 2008. Ten federal agencies set aside a portion of their extramural R&D budget each year to fund research proposals from small science and technology-based firms.

Other Useful Small Business Links:

    SBA - Office of Women's Business Ownership

    SBA - Office of Native Americans

    Department of Commerce - Minority Business Development Agency

    USDA - Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business and Utilization (OSDBU)

    USDA - Small Business Innovation Research

    USDA - RD Small Business Cooperative Service

    HUD - Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)

    SBA - Veteran's Business Outreach Center

Local SBA Offices

Seattle District Office - (Serving Western Washington)
Park Place Building - 1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1700
(corner of Sixth and University in downtown Seattle)
Seattle, WA 98101-1128
General Information 206-553-7310
Business Enterprise Center 206-553-7311
SCORE Desk 206-553-7320 or 1-877-732-7267

Portland District Office - (Serving Clark, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum and Skamania Counties)
601 SW Second Avenue, Ste. 950
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 503-326-2682
Fax: 503-326-2808
TDD: 503-326-2501

Spokane District Office - (Serving Eastern Washington)
Spokane Regional Business Center
801 W. Riverside Avenue, Suite 200
Spokane, Washington 99201
(509) 353-2800A

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Non-Profit Organizations
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EDA Public Works Grants

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Rural Utilities

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Rural Development

USDA Rural Development

Business and Cooperative Programs

Rural Business Enterprise Grants

Rural Business Opportunity Grants

Value-Added Producer Grants (formerly Value-Added Market Development Grants)

Rural Utilities

Community Facilities Grant Program

Distance Learning and Telemedicine

Home Repair Loans and Grants

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Students and parents should visit:

U.S. Department of Education Homepage for information on Financial Aid.

The "Info for..." tab on the Department of Education's website that includes helpful information for:

    Parents and Families, including:

    "Helping my child prepare & pay for college"

    Students, including:

    "Preparing for my future"
    "Finding a college"
    "Paying for college"

Financial Aid Local Contact:
Regional Administrator for Student Financial Aid, Region X
Susan Bowder, Regional Director
1000 Second Avenue, Room 1200
Seattle, WA 98174-1099
(206) 287-1770

NELA Center for Student Success

HRSA Health Professions grants and cooperative agreements support innovations and targeted expansions in health professions education and training. HRSA Nursing Scholarships

NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (“Space Grant”). For more information, visit NASA education or the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program online.

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