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Catalog Of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Time Saver Tips

Save time using the Catalog Of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA). Learn how to quickly open the vault guarded by the CFDA. Apply for and get all the disability benefits you're entitled to.

Important. Although the CFDA administers thousands of programs, only a small percentage of them are available to individuals. Read the following brief program excerpt very carefully:

"... provides assistance or benefits for a State or States, territorial possession, county, city, other political subdivision, grouping, or instrumentality thereof; any domestic profit or nonprofit corporation, institution, or individual ..."

Notice how the individual is such a tiny part of the total package? There IS indeed money for individuals, but it's very little compared to what's given out to all the other parties, including grants for businesses.

So, if there's only a small pot of money for individuals in the Catalog Of Federal Domestic Assistance, and there are millions of people clutching and grabbing at it, what specifically can you do to be sure you get your fair share? Simple! Follow our advice! Here's our first tip.

If and when you apply for financial help to one of the programs listed in the CFDA, you'll have to put your case in writing. Why not get some practice at it first? Let us help you get it right! Are you...

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Who Is Eligible And For What?

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Further down this page, you'll find a ink to download a complete description of the CFDA program. But first please take a look at this summary of who's eligible for the money. Can you find where you fit in?

The Catalog Of Federal Domestic Assistance site has an "Applicant Eligibility Index" that lists programs available to applicants who are eligible to apply. The CFDA groups them into categories as follows:

"Any of the several States of the United States, the District of Columbia, or any agency or instrumentality of a State exclusive of State institutions of higher education and hospitals;"
"Local governments which include a county, parish, municipality, city, town, township, village, State-designated Indian tribal government, local public authority, school district, special district, intrastate district, council of governments, sponsor group representative organizations, and other regional or interstate government entity, or any agency or instrumentality of a local government;"
"U.S. Territories (and possessions) of the United States which include the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, Guam, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, and American Samoa;"
"Federally-recognized Indian Tribal governments which include the governing body or a governmental agency of any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community (including any Native village as defined in Section 3 of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, 85 Stat. 688) certified by the Secretary of the Interior as eligible for the special programs and services provided through the Bureau of Indian Affairs;"
"Nonprofit organizations and institutions which include quasi-public, public and private institutions of higher education and hospitals, Native American Indian Organizations, and other quasi-public and private nonprofit organizations such as, but not limited to, community action agencies (CAAs), Head Start agencies, research institutes, educational associations, and health centers. Excluded under this definition are government-owned contractor operated facilities or research centers providing support for mission-oriented, large scale programs that are government-owned or controlled, or are designed as federally-funded research and development centers; and VIII 11-08"
"Private individuals such as Native Americans, homeowners, students, farmers, artists, scientists, consumers, small business, refugees, aliens, veterans, senior citizens, low-income persons, health and education professionals, builders, contractors, developers, handicapped persons, the physically afflicted."

So do you see where you fit in as an individual applying for assistance for your own personal use? Individuals are one of six broad categories. The total amount of money available is small relative to the other categories, but there are still many programs that individuals can apply to.

Tips On Using The CFDA Site

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We offer you the keys to unlocking the secrets of the CFDA site.

The CFDA is ONLY a catalog. It is NOT a grant-giving agency itself. There are two users of the Catalog Of Federal Domestic Assistance site:

  1. the granting agencies whose programs appear on the CFDA site, and
  2. applicants, including individuals, searching for those agencies.

The granting agencies use the Catalog Of Federal Domestic Assistance site to update their program descriptions. This concerns you only if you're someone from a granting agency visiting this page.

So then how do you as an individual actually go about applying for and getting a government disability grant through the CFDA? The answer is to follow these simple steps:

  1. First of all, you have to think about your situation and then put it in writing. Doing this will help you state your case clearly. Click here to get free help from us on this.
  2. Second, you have to do a search of the CFDA Catalog to see if there are any programs applying to your situation. Your search will be easier to do if you've already put your story in writing.
  3. Third, once you've found a funding program that looks like a good match for you, you have to apply to it. Again, this will be a lot easier for you if you've already put your story in writing.
  4. Bonus. The CFDA does not list all the government grants that are available, so you might want to try Grants.gov or better still, search a little-known private database. The cost? Think fast-food meal.

We can't emphasize enough how important it is to get your situation in writing before you start searching and applying for disability grants and benefits.

When you've taken the time to write it out and then have us correct it for you at no charge, your search efforts will be much more focused and productive. Ask yourself, are you...

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Now, if you've done your homework as we've recommended, visit the Catalog Of Federal Domestic Assistance CFDA site to start your search.