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Federal Grant Info


Guidelines for Applying for Federal Funding

The federal government allocates funds to federal agencies for grant and loan programs. To learn more about available grants, and how to apply for those grants, please see the information below. If you have any questions about federal grants after reading this page, our Grants Coordinator, Steve Meredith is available to help. Contact Steve at steve_meredith@toomey.senate.gov or (412)-803-3501. We look forward to hearing from you.

Eligibility

To determine if you are eligible to apply for a federal grant, click here.

Getting Started

To apply for federal grants you must be registered with Grants.gov. Follow these directions carefully:
Applicant FAQs
Request Service
System for Award Management (SAM) Registration

Tips for a Successful Application

Following these suggestions will make the process of applying for a federal grant easier for you.

1) Create a working project Narrative (tell your story)

  • Is the project a collaborative effort with a non-profit, business, or local government?
  • Will there be an increase in employees, retention of employee base?
  • What is the timeframe of the project; is it shovel ready?

2) Construct an itemized Budget

  • Record a brief explanation next to each expense listed
  • Note how much match will go into the project or in-kind financial support

3) If you would like Senator Toomey to provide your organization with a letter of support for a grant for which you have already applied, please download and complete our office's Letter of Support Request Form. Please return your completed form to the following address:

Office of Senator Pat Toomey
Attn: Steve Meredith
The Grant Building
310 Grant Street
Suite #1440
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Note: There are new procedures for SAM registration which may take additional time to register. To avoid missing grant deadlines please go to the SAM.gov website.

Grant Research

If you or your organization, business, or school is seeking federal funding, but is unsure of where to start, our Grants Department is happy to assist you with grant research. Please download our Grant Research Packet. This packet includes a Privacy Release form, which will allow my office to discuss your project narrative, and a working budget, which will help our office put you in touch with the right agencies or foundations that may be able to help fund your project. Once again, please return your completed packet to our Grants Coordinator, Steve Meredith.

Links to Popular Grant Programs

1) U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development

2) U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

3) U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

4) U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

Foundations 

Private foundations can be a great alternative when federal funding is not an option for you. This information is provided as a resource and does not constitute an endorsement of these organizations.