Empowering communities across Pennsylvania
The federal government provides significant funding opportunities for many different types of projects, but information on these opportunities is often not readily available. Many Pennsylvanians wonder how their communities, small businesses, and organizations can obtain federal assistance. This page is designed to make participating in the application process for federal grants and appropriations requests easier to navigate.
Should you decide to move forward with applying for a grant opportunity, an appropriations request, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Senator Casey's office for any assistance or questions you may have. The office is here to help.
Help with Grants
If you are applying for a federal grant, and you need assistance or support from Senator Casey's office, please reach out through the form linked below.
There are also copious resources available online for Pennsylvanians looking to take advantage of grant opportunities. Many of those resources are linked below.
How Best to Find Information
- 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 Financial Aid may also be of help.
- If eligible, search for programs at Assistance Listings. Includes grants, loans, business and nonfinancial help.
- Contact federal office given in each Assistance Listing program description.
- Go to federal websites given in each Assistance Listing program description for more information and for state administering agencies responsible for managing these programs.
- 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.
- Search foundations for project funding: use the Foundation Center website or Foundation Information Network resources in libraries to identify national, state, and community foundations.
- 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?
Key Federal Funding Sources
Assistance Listings at beta.SAM.gov (General Services
Official descriptions of more than 2,200 federal assistance programs (including grants, loans, and other financial and nonfinancial assistance) can be found on beta.SAM.gov. The website, produced by the General Services Administration (GSA), is currently in beta, and it houses federal assistance listings previously found on the now-retired Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA). Each federal assistance program has a corresponding CFDA program number; these CFDA numbers are still used as numerical program identifiers. Programs are searchable at the "Assistance Listings" domain at beta.SAM.gov; descriptions are updated by departments and agencies, and they cover authorizing legislation, objectives, and eligibility and compliance requirements. The site will eventually be renamed beta.SAM.gov. For current notices of funding availability, see Grants.gov or FedConnect.
Grants.gov (via Dept.
of Health and Human Services)
Federal grants 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 (NOFAs) posted in the last 7 days; access RSS feeds 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, registering with System for Award Management (SAM), and registering with Grants.gov to apply and to track applications. See also website FedConnect 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.
Related Federal Resources
- A-Z Index Departments & Agencies
- Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
- Homeland Security Grants
- USA.gov for Business
- Student Aid on the Web
- FTC Consumer Alert
- OMB Circulars
Index of U.S. Department 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.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Funding (Department of Energy)
Grants are EERE's primary funding vehicle for businesses, industries, universities and others. Most EERE grants are awarded on merit on a competitive basis. See also EERE Financial Opportunities and listings on Grants.gov or FedConnect. For state-by-state information on state, local. utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency, search DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency).
DHS Financial Assistance (Department of Homeland Security)
Most Homeland Security non-disaster grant programs are designated for state and local governments and specific entities such as colleges, etc. Unsolicited applications from individuals are generally not accepted. Includes Urban Area Security Initiative, Citizens Corps, Medical Response System, Operation Stonegarden (border security), Infrastructure Protection. Contact homeland security State Offices. Programs for firefighters may be found at Assistance to Firefighters.
USA.gov for Businesses and Nonprofits (GSA)
Includes contracting with the federal government, international trade and exporting, and small business. See also financial assistance links at the Small Business Administration website.
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 (Department of Education)
Financial assistance for education beyond high school is generally "needs-based" and often includes loans and work-study, in addition to some grants. College and university applications, websites, and brochures usually include financial aid information for prospective and incoming students.
https://www.benefits.gov/ (via Department of Labor)
Government grants are not direct assistance to individuals, but fund state and local programs providing help to those in need. This online screening site can be used to identify state and local government benefits and how to apply. Covers direct payments, loans, insurance, training, or other services.
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 beta.SAM.gov Assistance Listing program descriptions and may be printed out full text.
Private and Corporate Funding Sources
Candid Grants Space
Gateway to information about private funding sources, the grantseeking 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 Foundation Directory Online 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.
- How do I find grants for my nonprofit?
- Proposal Writing Short Course (also in Spanish, French, and other languages)
- Foundation Information Network (by state) Check for locations at Grants Space, Find Us. Free funding information available in libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit centers nationwide.
Grants Resources by State
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.
Community Foundations There are more than 750 community foundations in the U.S., which are grantmaking public charities dedicated to improving the lives of people in a defined local geographic area. The Council on Foundations has a listing of community foundations by state.
The application linked below allows constituents to state their preferences for federal discretionary funding. It is the principle method for constituents to request Senator Casey’s support for funding federal discretionary programs and associated Appropriations Committee report language. These requests inform how Senator Casey works with his colleagues to decide how to appropriate taxpayer funds.
This Congress, the Senate Appropriations Committee announced that it would accept requests from Senators for funds for discrete projects in specific places. The Committee’s announcement also contained rules around the types of projects and sponsoring organizations that would be accepted. Constituents can request funds for these Congressionally directed community projects through the same application below. It is strongly recommended that all requestors familiarize themselves with the information in the Committee’s release, Senate Rule XLIV, and the list of federal spending accounts that are eligible for community projects spending.
Applicants should also note:
- All requests will be made public if moved forward to the Appropriations Committee.
- No for-profit organizations may request a community project. There are no exceptions.
- The Government Accountability Office may audit any project, at any time, for any reason, and the results of that audit will be public.
- This process is highly competitive at every level. Making a request does not mean that Senator Casey will be able to move your request to the Appropriations Committee, nor does it mean that the Appropriations Committee, or the full Senate, will fund the request.
The application requires significant time to complete. Applicants will have to create an account to access the portal, but may return to the application before submission. Applicants are encouraged to answer the questions as thoroughly as possible and include additional documentation, including media articles, letters of support, evidence of effectiveness, and other information as attachments. Please take time to familiarize yourself with the application. No emailed requests will be accepted.
Each year, the application period for appropriations requests is extremely brief. For the Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations cycle, the public application period ends on Friday, May 28 at 11:59 PM.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Senator Casey's office at (202) 224-6324.