Federal Grant Resources
Resources to help you find, apply for, and manage federal grants from California’s Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for the Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.
Introduction to Federal Grants
Learn about the basics in federal grants from how to search for a grant, to the application process, post-award management, and how to comply with federal regulations.
Grants Learning Center
The Grants Learning Center from grants.gov has the latest in training resources for understanding federal grants
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Introduction to Grants.gov video series
Learn about the complete Grants.gov application process, from registration to finding funding opportunities to applying with Grants.gov Workspace
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Learning Workspace Video Series for Organization Applicants
Learn about the Grants.gov Workspace where members of the same organization may simultaneously access and edit different forms within an application
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Grants.gov Training Webinar from USDA
This presentation provides information on how to use the Grants.gov website to apply for USDA-AMS grant programs
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Federal Grant Websites
The primary websites necessary to find grants, become a registered entity, and track federal grant spending.
Grants.gov is the primary source and application platform for federal grant opportunities
go to grants.gov
SAM.gov is the official site to for entity registration necessary to apply to federal grants and includes the assistance listings detailing every federal grant program, among other resources
go to sam.gov
USAspending.gov is the official open data source of federal spending information
go to usaspending.gov
Federal Service Desk
The Federal Service Desk provides support for government-wide systems required by federal policy
go to fsd.gov
Federal Grant Regulations
Important federal legislation and requirements about the proper management of federal grants.
PART 200—Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (The Uniform Guidance)
The set of regulations found in the Code of Federal Regulations at 2 CFR 200 that provides the overarching guidelines for administering Federal awards and expenditures
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Single Audit Act
Federal regulation requiring a rigorous, organization-wide audit or examination of an entity that expends $750,000 or more of federal assistance received for its operations
Presidential Memorandum M-22-11
Initial Implementation Guidance on Application of Buy America Preference in Federal Financial Assistance Programs for Infrastructure
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Presidential Memorandum M-20-11
Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Presidential Memorandum M-20-17
Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations
Presidential Memorandum M-20-18
Managing Federal Contract Performance Issues Associated with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Presidential Memorandum M-20-20
Repurposing Existing Federal Financial Assistance Programs and Awards to Support the Emergency Response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Presidential Memorandum M-20-21
Implementation Guidance for Supplemental Funding Provided in Response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Recordings and slide presentations from OPR with information on various topics in federal grants.
Building a Compelling Federal Budget
Understand how to build a budget for a federal grant funded project. Topics will include the most common federal budget categories; how to fill out budget forms for the most commons federal departments; the federal definitions of reasonable, allowable, and allocable; how to justify all of the federal categories using these definitions; and how to ensure your post-award documentation continues to document these areas so expenditures are not rejected by local and federal auditors.
Elements for Quality Project Design
Learn how to effectively plan and design a federal grant project. Topics will include how to design and run a series of proposal design meetings, tools to get consensus and information about project activities quickly, clear definitions of evidence-based and research-based programming, and commonly used evidence levels.
Building Partnerships for Federal Grant Success
Learn how to identify potential organizations who could make strong collaborative partners, how to build initial relationships between organizations, the level of involvement of partners in program design and proposal creation, and the level of financial compensation and commitment of partners in grant budgets.
American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for Local Governments
This session covers the latest guidance available from the U.S. Department of the Treasury on Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (CSLFRF) from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and how to implement grant management best practices.
Finding Federal Grants That Are a Good Fit for Your Organization
Learn about and understand the major trends in federal funding, how to research federal grants and track your research, how to read and understand a federal RFP, and how to present and discuss federal opportunities with your organization.
When Plans Change, Amendments Offer Solutions
Unexpected circumstances can arise during federal grant implementation. Delve into common issues that arise when plans change, and how to best address change through the amendment process that requires approval by awarding agencies.
Updating Policies and Procedures
This session reviews the provisions in the Uniform Guidance that require written policies and procedures, and presents other suggestions for updating policies and procedures including templates.
Procurement Provisions under the Uniform Guidance
This presentation reviews the updated procurement provisions of the Uniform Guidance for 2020-2021.
Federal Grants Update for 2021
This presentation describes recent changes in requirements from the prior version of the Uniform Guidance to this latest version
Indirect Costs and Cost Allocation Plans
This presentation describes technical assistance about requirements for indirect costs and cost allocation plans
Grant Writing Under the Uniform Guidance
Learn key grant-writing tips such as absolute priorities, selection criteria, proposal budgets, and other suggested language
Logic and Evaluation Models
This session provides an overview of the logic model used by several federal agencies and private funders
Federal Grants in 2020
This presentation describes changes in federal grant requirements for 2020
Federal Grant Writing 101
This presentation provides an overview of grant writing for federal funding opportunities
Federal Grantmaking and Grant Management
This presentation provides an introduction to the preparation of a competitive research grant application and other grantmaking and grant management resources
How to Limit Audit Findings
This presentation provides information on the Single Audit Update on common audit findings and how to avoid them
How to Use grants.gov
This presentation provides an overview of how to search for grants on grant.gov
Reports published by OPR on federal grant funding, opportunities, and management.
Summary of Federal Grant Funding, Fiscal Year 2020
Summary of the federal grant funding awarded to California in Federal Fiscal Year 2020
Summary of Federal Grant Funding, Fiscal Year 2019
Summary of the federal grant funding awarded to California in Federal Fiscal Year 2019
Summary of Federal Grant Funding, Fiscal Year 2018
Summary of the federal grant funding awarded to California in Federal Fiscal Year 2018
Summary of Federal Grant Funding, Fiscal Year 2017 Update
Updated summary of the federal grant funding awarded to California for Federal Fiscal Year 2017
Summary of Federal Grant Funding, Fiscal Year 2017
Summary of federal grant funding, Fiscal Year awarded to California for Federal Fiscal Year 2017
Funding the Future: Federal Grants to Support the State of California’s Budget Priorities
This report identifies the federal grant opportunities available to meet the key priorities identified in the 2020-2021 enacted budget for the State of California.