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Consider the following when exploring various sources of federal funding for DSW initiatives:

  • Review Current Federal Grants in your State: Make sure you know which federal grants your state has already received or is applying for. Familiarize yourself with these grants’ objectives and requirements and identify whether there might be a connection to DSW issues that would allow you to collaborate on an existing project, rather than seeking new funding.

  • State Governments as a Source of Federal Money: Federal grant money often flows to states through formula or block grants. The best way to access certain federal monies may be through your state government.

  • Weigh Short-term Grants versus More Long-term Funding: For certain projects, short-term funding such as demonstration grants or research project funding is ideal. More constant sources of funding like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF,)or a Medicaid home and community based services waiver may be more appropriate to your project.

  • Expand Your Search: Grants that have a different main focus may include opportunities for workforce development. Consider partnering with other organizations to have access to such grants.

General On-line Federal Grant Resources:


  • Grants.gov (external link): The Grants.gov website is an electronic single access point covering more than $400 billion in Federal grants offered by all Federal grant-making agencies. The website allows organizations to search for grants, sign up for email notification of specific grant opportunities, and download grant application packages.

  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) (external link): The CFDA describes both Federal grants and non-financial assistance programs and includes a keyword index. The catalog is published annually and updated continuously. The CFDA also provides guidance for writing Federal grant proposals.

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