Resources & Grants for Non-Profit Organizations

The federal government has many opportunities for non-profit organizations ranging from agriculture to education.

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Agriculture

Farmers Market Promotion Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Farmers Market Promotion Program grants are designed to increase marketing opportunities for farmers
to sell directly to consumers through farmers’ markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs,
retail markets, and other direct marketing initiatives. These grants can go to nonprofits, agricultural
cooperatives or producer associations, local governments, economic development corporations, regional
farmers’ market authorities, public benefit corporations, and tribal governments.

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Civil Rights & Conflicts

Civil Rights Division

U.S. Department of Justice

The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and national origin.

 

Community Relations Service

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Community Relations Service is the Department’s “Peacemaker” for community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and disability. CRS is not an investigatory or prosecutorial agency, and it does not have any law enforcement authority.

 

Criminal Section

U.S. Department of Justice

The Criminal Section prosecutes cases involving the violent interference with liberties and rights defined in the Constitution or federal law. The rights of both citizens and non-citizens are protected. In general, it is the use of force, threats, or intimidation that characterize a federal criminal violation of an individual’s civil rights.

 

Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP)

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Fair Housing Initiatives Program funds organizations that assist people who may have been victims of housing discrimination.

 

Federal Coordination and Compliance Section

U.S. Department of Justice

The Federal Coordination and Compliance Section (FCS) ensures that all federal agencies consistently and effectively enforce civil rights statutes and Executive Orders that prohibit discrimination in federally conducted and assisted programs and activities.

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Disabilities

Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Through the Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program, HUD provides funding to develop and subsidize rental housing with the availability of supportive services for very low- and extremely low-income adults with disabilities.

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Economics

Administration for Children and Families

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) promotes the economic and social well-being of America’s most vulnerable populations and communities. ACF’s programs (ACF Directory of Program Services) are focused on individuals and families with low income, refugees, people with developmental disabilities, and others.

 

Rural Housing and Economic Development Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Rural Gateway is an information clearinghouse providing technical assistance, training workshops, and peer learning and resource sharing to support rural housing and economic development.

 

Social Innovation Fund

Corporation for National & Community Service

The Social Innovation Fund provides cants with its private-sector partners to effective nonprofit organizations to address challenging social problems.

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Education

Community Assistance Programs

U.S. Department of Interior

The National Park Service assists community groups and the public with historic preservation, recreation and improved access to public lands, natural resource conservation, and education and stewardship. Community assistance programs of the National Park Service empower local organizations to advance preservation and conservation work in rural and urban communities across the country.

 

Environmental Education (EE) Grants

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Under the Environmental Education Grants Program, EPA seeks grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques.

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Environment

A Superfund Technical Assistance Grant (TAG)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

A Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) provides funding to community groups to contract their own technical advisor to interpret and explain technical reports, site conditions, and EPA’s proposed cleanup proposals and decisions.

 

Environmental Education (EE) Grants

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Under the Environmental Education Grants Program, EPA seeks grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques.

 

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program provides financial assistance to organizations working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues.

 

Rural Utilities Service Solid Waste Management Grants

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This competitive grant program assists communities through free technical assistance and/or training provided by the grant recipients. Qualified organizations will receive Solid Waste Management grant funds to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources in rural areas, and improve planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas.

 

Source Reduction Assistance

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Source Reduction Assistance awards support pollution prevention through source reduction and resource conservation work.

 

The Brownfields Program

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Brownfields Program provides a variety of competitive grants in the areas of Brownfields assessment, cleanup, revolving loans, and environmental job training.

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Food & Nutrition

Community Food Projects Competitive Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (CFP) funds nonprofit organizations to meet the food needs of low-income people by increasing their communities’ capacities to provide enough food for its residents. To be considered competitive for a CFP grant, organizations should have experience in community food work, job training, and business development in low-income communities, and the application has a dollar-for-dollar matching requirement.

 

Office of Head Start

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Office of Head Start provides grants to local public and private nonprofits and for-profit agencies to provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families, and has a special focus on helping preschoolers develop early reading and math skills.

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Health

Health Resources and Services Administration

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), comprised of six bureaus and 13 offices, is the primary federal agency for improving access to health-care services for people who are
uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable.

 

National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities advises the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on the development of NIH-wide policy issues related to minority and other health disparities research, develops a comprehensive strategic plan governing the conduct and support of this research, and administers funds through grants and through leveraging the programs of the NIH.

 

Office of Head Start

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Office of Head Start provides grants to local public and private nonprofits and for-profit agencies to provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families, and has a special focus on helping preschoolers develop early reading and math skills.

 

Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) provides funds to state and local governments to develop cost-effective ways to reduce lead-based paint hazards. In addition, the office enforces HUD’s lead-based paint regulations, provides public outreach and technical assistance, and conducts technical studies to help protect children and their families from health and safety hazards in the home.

 

Office of Minority Health

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) works in partnership with communities and organizations in the public and private sectors to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities. OMH programs address disease prevention, health promotion, risk reduction, healthier lifestyle choices, use of health-care services, and barriers to health care.

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Housing

Assisted Living Conversion Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Assisted Living Conversion program provides private, nonprofit owners of eligible developments with a grant to convert some or all of the dwelling units in the project into an Assisted Living Facility (ALF) or Service-Enriched Housing (SEH) for elderly residents aging in place.

 

Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Grants to national intermediaries to develop the capacity and ability of community development corporations (CDCs) and community housing development organizations (CHDOs) to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low income families.

 

Community Development Block Grant Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities.

 

Continuum of Care (CoC) Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

 

Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP)

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Fair Housing Initiatives Program funds organizations that assist people who may have been victims of housing discrimination.

 

Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) provides funds to state and local governments to develop cost-effective ways to reduce lead-based paint hazards. In addition, the office enforces HUD’s lead-based paint regulations, provides public outreach and technical assistance, and conducts technical studies to help protect children and their families from health and safety hazards in the home.

 

Office of Public and Indian Housing

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The role of the Office of Public and Indian Housing is to ensure safe, decent, and affordable housing; create opportunities for residents’ self-sufficiency and economic independence; and assure fiscal integrity by all program participants.

 

Rural Housing and Economic Development Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Rural Gateway is an information clearinghouse providing technical assistance, training workshops, and peer learning and resource sharing to support rural housing and economic development.

 

Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Section 202 program helps expand the supply of affordable housing with supportive services for the elderly. It provides very low-income elderly with options that allow them to live independently but in an environment that provides support activities such as cleaning, cooking, transportation, etc.

 

Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Through the Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program, HUD provides funding to develop and subsidize rental housing with the availability of supportive services for very low- and extremely low-income adults with disabilities.

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Low Income

Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Grants to national intermediaries to develop the capacity and ability of community development corporations (CDCs) and community housing development organizations (CHDOs) to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low income families.

 

Community Development Block Grant Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities.

 

Continuum of Care (CoC) Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

 

 

Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Section 202 program helps expand the supply of affordable housing with supportive services for the elderly. It provides very low-income elderly with options that allow them to live independently but in an environment that provides support activities such as cleaning, cooking, transportation, etc.

 

Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Through the Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program, HUD provides funding to develop and subsidize rental housing with the availability of supportive services for very low- and extremely low-income adults with disabilities.

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Seniors

Assisted Living Conversion Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Assisted Living Conversion program provides private, nonprofit owners of eligible developments with a grant to convert some or all of the dwelling units in the project into an Assisted Living Facility (ALF) or Service-Enriched Housing (SEH) for elderly residents aging in place.

 

Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Section 202 program helps expand the supply of affordable housing with supportive services for the elderly. It provides very low-income elderly with options that allow them to live independently but in an environment that provides support activities such as cleaning, cooking, transportation, etc.

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STEM

Office of Science Funding Opportunity Announcements

U.S. Department of Energy

Through the Office of Science, DOE offers research grants and contracts for universities, nonprofit organizations, for-profit commercial organizations, state and local governments, and unaffiliated individuals.

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Youth

Administration for Children and Families

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) promotes the economic and social well-being of America’s most vulnerable populations and communities. ACF’s programs (ACF Directory of Program Services) are focused on individuals and families with low income, refugees, people with developmental disabilities, and others.

 

Social Innovation Fund

Corporation for National & Community Service

The Social Innovation Fund provides cants with its private-sector partners to effective nonprofit organizations to address challenging social problems.

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Women

Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program

U.S. Department of Justice

The Culturally Specific Program supports the development of innovative culturally specific strategies and projects to enhance access to services and resources for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

 

Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Program

U.S. Department of Justice

The Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Program creates, maintains, and expands sustainable sexual assault services provided by organizations that are uniquely situated to respond to the needs of sexual assault victims from culturally specific populations.

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Other

Federal Emergency Management Administration

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) supports the nation’s state, local, tribal, territorial, and private partners and first responders. It also improves our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards and natural disasters. Families and individuals that have been impacted by a disaster and need assistance have several options for getting help:

 

Volunteer Generation Fund

Corporation for National & Community Service

The Volunteer Generation Fund supports voluntary organizations and state service commissions in boosting the impact of volunteers in addressing critical community needs.

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