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Regional or Local Office -- This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) preapplication and application forms required; (3) whether a preapplication conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material.

However, for most programs in the Catalog, this section will instruct the reader to consult Appendix IV of the Catalog (Agency Regional and Local Office Addresses) due to the volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. For those agencies with fewer contacts, the actual information will be provided in this section.

Example: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) Branch of the appropriate HHS Regional Office (see Appendix IV of the Catalog for listing).

(Appendix IV Listing) Region 1

(Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)
William Farrow

John F. Kennedy Federal Building

Government Center

Boston, MA 02203

(617) 123-4567

(Use same number for FTS)

Headquarters Office -- This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Example: Dr. Steven Sharfstein, Acting Director, Division of Mental Health Service Programs, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 123-4567. Use same number for FTS.

RELATED PROGRAMS -- This section of the program description lists all programs in the Catalog that are closely related based on objectives and program uses. Applicants should also refer to these programs, as they may provide additional assistance in a related area of interest.

Example: 93.232, Maternal and Child Health Services; 93.233, Maternal and Child Health Training; 93.242, Mental Health Research Grants; 93.295, Community Mental Health Centers-Comprehensive Support; 93.630, Developmental Disabilities-Basic Support.

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS -- This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects. Example: Awards are made only for staffing of facilities offering mental health services for children.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS -- This section indicates the criteria used by the Federal grantor agency to evaluate proposals in order to inform potential applicants of the application review process and the criteria used to award funds for projects.

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Example: The criteria for selecting proposals are based upon the extent the project will contribute to needed services and training, capability of applicant to provide services and training, more effective utilization of personnel providing mental health services, and development of new methods or information.


APPENDICES The last section of the Catalog contains the following appendices: Programs Requiring Executive Order 12372 Review (Appendix I); Authorization Appendix (Appendix II); Budget Functional Code Appendix (Appendix III); Agency Regional and Local Office Addresses (Appendix IV); Sources of Additional Information (Appendix V); Developing and Writing Grants Proposals (Appendix VI); and in the December update to the Catalog, Historical Profile of Catalog Programs (Appendix VII).

Appendix I -- Programs Requiring Executive Order 12372 Review:

This Appendix gives a brief description of Executive Order 12372. The description explains its purpose, identifies a listing of all Catalog program numbers and titles to which it applies, the general procedures to follow in applying for assistance, and the State Single Point of Contact List to which the States may refer for application coordination purposes.

Appendix II -- Authorization Appendix:

This appendix lists Acts, Executive Orders and Public Law numbers that mandate programs in the Catalog. Acts and Executive Order citations are listed in alphabetic sequence and Public Law citations are listed numerically by the Congress. The citations are followed by their corresponding program numbers.

Appendix III - Budget Functional Code Appendix:

This appendix lists programs by the Budget functional classification. The three digits listed are the major and minor functional classifications used to identify the major purpose of the programs.

Appendix IV - Agency Regional and Local Office Addresses:

This appendix lists the names, addresses and telephone numbers of the regional and local offices that should be contacted for detailed information concerning a program and for initiating the process for applying for assistance. In cases where a Federal agency does not have a regional or local office, the headquarters office listed in the program description should be contacted.

Appendix V -- Sources of Additional Information:

Information pertaining to Federal programs is available from Federal Information Centers and Federal Executive Boards as listed in this Appendix. Also listed are other government sources of information, including the 24 U.S. locations for the Government Printing Office Bookstores that sell the Catalog and other Federal publications.

Appendix VI -- Developing and Writing Grants Proposals:

General overview of the grants proposal process and suggested guidelines for developing and writing a well-prepared proposal to obtain Federal funding.

Appendix VII -- Historical Profile of Catalog Programs:

This appendix lists all programs that have been published in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance beginning with the 1965 edition, and the subsequent action taken related to those programs. It can be found on the CFDA Web Site:

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The following is a summary description of the functions and activities of federal agencies responsible for administering programs listed in the Catalog. The programs (numbers) are also listed with the administering agency.


Agricultural Research Service (ARS) (10.001, 10.700)

Conducts research to develop new knowledge and technology to ensure an abundance of high quality agricultural commodities and products at reasonable prices to meet the increasing needs of an expanding economy and to provide for the continued improvement in the standard of living of all Americans. It conducts basic, applied, and developmental research on animal and plant production use and improvement of soil, water, and air processing, storage, distribution, food safety, consumer services and human nutrition research, and food and agriculture sciences. The National Agricultural Library of ARS disseminates useful information about agricultural and other related sciences to scientists and researchers, administrators and managers, farmers, and to the general public provides library services, such as bibliographies, reference services and document delivery.

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) (10.153-10.167)

Administers standardization, grading, voluntary inspection, market news, marketing orders, regulatory, and related programs.

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) (10.025-10.028) Conducts regulatory and control programs to protect and improve animal and plant health for the benefit of man and the environment and to control or reduce damage caused by nuisance mammals and birds and those mammal and bird species that are reservoirs for zoonotic diseases, except for urban rodent control. Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (10.20010.228, 10.302-10.303, 10.304, 10.500)

Participates in a nationwide system of agricultural research program planning and Participates in a nationwide system of agricultural research program planning and coordination between the States and the Department of Agriculture to encourage and assist in the establishment and maintenance of cooperation within and among the States and between the States and their Federal research partners. The primary function is to administer the Acts of Congress that authorize Federal appropriations for agricultural research carried on by the State agricultural experiment stations of the 50 States, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, and Micronesia the Northern Marinas, approved schools of forestry, the 1890 land-grant institutions and Tuskegee University, colleges of veterinary medicine, and other eligible institutions. The Extension activities of the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service coordinates and provides administrative, technical, and other services to a nationwide Cooperative Extension System, in partnership with State and local governments and the private sector. The primary function of this system is to take the research findings of the Department of Agriculture, the State Land-Grant Colleges and programs administered by the Department of Agriculture, and to develop and deliver informal, out-of-school educational programs. These programs communicate and demonstrate to people how they can apply research findings to identify and solve farm, home, and community problems. This work is carried out through extension offices in each State, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, and Micronesia, plus 16, 1890 land-grant universities and Tuskegee University as the State partner. Economic Research Service (10.250)

emphasis on under-served populations, to assure they have full access to all USDA programs and services.

Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) (10.550-10.561, 10.565-10.574) Administers programs to make food assistance available to people who need it. These programs are operated in cooperation with State and local governments. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) (10.475-10.477-10.479) Assures that meat, poultry and egg products moving in interstate and foreign commerce are safe, wholesome, unadulterated and accurately labeled, as required by the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, and the Egg Products Inspection Act. The Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products Inspection Programs provide continuous in plant inspection of all domestic plants preparing meat, poultry, and egg products for sale or distribution in commerce. In addition, these acts include the review of inspection systems in foreign establishments that prepare meat, poultry, or egg products for export to the United States under inspection programs that are equivalent to the U.S. program. FSIS provides technical and financial assistance to States which maintain meat and poultry inspection programs equal to Federal inspection. FSIS also enters into Cooperative Agreements with Academic institutions; State, local and tribal government agencies; and non-profit organizations to improve Food Safety and Food Defense.

Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) (10.600-10.603, 10.960-10.962) The export promotion and service agency for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Stimulates overseas markets for U.S. agricultural products. FAS fulfills its role as the promotional agency for the world's largest agricultural export business through its network of agricultural counselors, attaches, and trade officers stationed overseas and its backup team of analysts, marketing specialists, negotiators, and related specialists. FAS maintains a worldwide agricultural intelligence and reporting system through its attached service. FAS also has a continuing market development program to develop, service, and expand commercial export markets for U.S. agricultural products. By virtue of the Agricultural Trade Act of 1978, FAS received authority to open at least 6 and not more than 25 agricultural trade offices overseas to develop, maintain and expand international markets for U.S. agricultural commodities. Ten of these offices have been established and are located in such key markets as West Germany, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and Mexico City. To improve access for U.S. farm products abroad, FAS international trade policy specialists coordinate and direct USDA's responsibilities in international trade agreement programs and negotiations. FAS also manages the Public Law 480 Program, Titles I and III (Food for Peace Program), and the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Export Credit Guarantee Programs. Public Law 480 is aimed at long-range improvement in the economies of developing countries. Commercial programs promote commercial agricultural exports by providing credit guarantees to exporters which are used to obtain additional U.S. exports. Title I, the concession sales section of Public Law 480, provides for low-interest, long-term credit to recipients of U.S. farm commodities. The Title II program authorizes the donation of agricultural commodities to foreign governments, voluntary relief agencies, or intergovernmental organizations. Title III permits multiyear programming and forgiveness of dollar payments, provided the recipient country undertakes specific agricultural and economic development projects for commodities delivered under Title I agreements. FAS focuses on sharing knowledge of

The Economic Research Service produces economic and other social science information as a service to the general public and to help Congress and the administration develop, administer, and evaluate agricultural and rural policies and agriculture through development assistance and cooperation with other countries. programs.

Farm Service Agency (FSA) (10.051-10.056, 10,066, 10.069, 10,073, 10.075, 10.076, 10.404, 10.406, 10.407, 10.421, 10.435, 10.437, 10,449, 10.45110.452)

Administers domestic commodity price and income support, farm loan, disaster assistance, and conservation cost-share programs for the Department of Agriculture.

Assistant Secretary for Administration (10.443)

Primary activities are providing technical assistance and training in agriculture to other countries, particularly the developing world; working with international food and agricultural organizations to solve world food problems; and sponsoring scientific exchanges and research that will help farmers both at home and aboard. Forest Service (10.652-10.672)

Cares for the land and serves people. Promotes the sustainability of ecosystems by ensuring their health, diversity, and productivity, which is coupled with this service ethic: work collaboratively and use appropriate scientific information in

Through leadership and partnership with USDA agencies: ensure the provision of caring for the land and serving people. Provides financial, technical and scientific information, technical assistance, and training to all USDA customers with

assistance to outside organizations in order to achieve these goals when authorized by statute. These land and service ethics are applied by the Forest

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Service through ecosystem management. Ecosystem management is the integration of ecological, economic, and social factors in order to maintain and enhance the quality of the environment to meet current and future needs. The four strategic goals of the Forest Service are to: (1) protect ecosystems, (2) restore deteriorated ecosystems, (3) provide multiple benefits for people within the capabilities of ecosystems, and (4) ensure organizational effectiveness. The Forest Service Natural Resource Agenda identifies four key areas of national focus. They are: watershed, health and restoration; sustainable forest ecosystem management; forest roads management; and recreation enhancement. Implementation of the agenda will help bring people together and help them find ways to live within the limits of the land. This in turn will ensure that future generations will forever be endowed with the rich natural bounty of our Nation. Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration (GIPSA) (10.800)

Maintains effective competition and fair trade practices in the marketing of livestock, poultry for the protection of livestock and poultry producers. National Agricultural Statistics Service (10.950) Agricultural estimates involve collecting, analyzing, and publishing agricultural production and marketing data, including: number of farms and acreage in farms; crop acreage, yields, production, stocks, value, and utilization; inventories and production of livestock, poultry, eggs, and dairy products; prices received by farmers for products, prices paid for commodities and services for living and production, and related indexes; farm employment and wage rates; cold storage supplies; agricultural chemical use; aquaculture; and other relevant aspects of the agricultural economy. Estimates for about 120 crops and 45 livestock items are published in about 400 Federal and 9,000 State-Federal reports each year. Beginning in 1997, NASS is responsible for the Census of Agriculture, previously conducted by the Bureau of the Census, Commerce Department. The Census of Agriculture is taken every 5 years and provides comprehensive data down to the county level on all aspects of the agricultural economy for the U.S., as well as selected data for American Samoa, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands. All information is made available to the news media and the public at scheduled release times and is available for free on the Internet. Statistical research and service is directed toward improving crop and livestock estimating techniques. Considerable emphasis is placed on improving survey sample designs as well as testing new forecasting and estimating techniques, such as using satellite data.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) (10.062, 10.064, 10.070, 10.072, 10.900-10.907, 10.910, 10.912-10.916)

Develops and carries out a national soil and water conservation program in cooperation with landowners, operators and other land users and developers, community planning agencies and regional resource groups, Federal, State, and local government agencies; also assists in agricultural pollution control, environmental improvement, and rural community development. Preserves, protects, and restores valued wetlands, and improves wildlife and migratory bird habitat. Supports the objectives of the Nation's commitment to the 1973 International Boundary and Water Commission Agreement concerning the quality of water in the Colorado River delivered downstream to users in the United States and the Republic of Mexico. Conserves water; preserves, maintains, and improves migratory waterfowl habitat and other wildlife resources. Encourages good forestry management through the development, management, and protection of non-industrial private forest lands, to increase the production of timber and enhance other forest resources.

Risk Management Agency (RMA)/Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) (10.450, 10.454, 10.455, 10.456, 10.457, 10.458, 10.459)

The Risk Management Agency (RMA) is part of USDA. RMA's role is to help producers manage their business risks through effective, market-based risk management solutions. RMA's mission is to promote, support, and regulate sound risk management solutions to preserve and strengthen the economic stability of America's agricultural producers. As part of this mission, RMA operates and manages the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC). RMA was created in 1996; the FCIC was founded in 1938.

RMA, via the FCIC, provides crop insurance to American producers. Privatesector insurance companies sell and service the policies. RMA develops and/or


approves the premium rate, administers premium and expense subsidy, approves

and supports products, and reinsures the insurance companies.

RMA through the formation of partnerships with public and private organizations fund projects that:

(A) Create new products, seek enhancements in existing products, and expand the use of non-insurance risk management tools that will be utilized by agricultural producers to assist them in mitigating the risks inherent in agricultural production. Risk management tools include a variety of risk management options and strategies developed to assist producers in mitigating the risks inherent in agricultural production. Risk management tools may include financial management tools to mitigate price and production risks; tools to enhance measurement and prediction of risks in order to facilitate risk diversification; tools to improve production management, harvesting, record keeping or marketing.

(B) Provide women, limited resource, socially disadvantaged, and other traditionally underserved producers of Priority Commodities with risk management training, informational opportunities, and assistance necessary to understand:

(1) The kind of risks addressed by existing and emerging risk management tools; (2) The features and appropriate use of existing and emerging risk management tools; and

(3) How to make sound risk management decisions.

(C) Deliver crop insurance education and information to U.S. agricultural producers in certain States that have been designated as historically underserved with respect to crop insurance. The states, collectively referred to as Targeted States, are Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

(D) Deliver risk management education and information in the management of production, marketing, and financial risk to U.S. agricultural producers. The program gives priority to educating producers of crops currently not insured under Federal crop insurance, specialty crops, and underserved commodities, including livestock and forage.

Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) (10.350, 10.767, 10.768, 10.769, 10.771, 10.772, 10.773, 10.854)

The mission of the Rural Business-Cooperative Service is to enhance the quality of life for all rural Americans by providing leadership in building competitive businesses and sustainable cooperatives that can prosper in the global marketplace.

Rural Housing Service (RHS) (10.405,10.410, 10.411, 10.415, 10.417, 10.420, 10.427, 10.433, 10.438, 10.441, 10.442, 10.444-10.446, 10.766) Provides credit to families and communities that still do not have effective access to credit because of the isolated nature or small scale of the rural market and provides subsidies to those low income families and communities that could not otherwise afford rent or debt service payments.

National Sheep Industry Improvement Center (10.774)

To assist the U.S. sheep and goat industries by strengthening and enhancing the production and marketing of sheep and goats and their products in the United States.

Community Outreach and Assistance Partnership Program

Bureau of the Census (11.001-11.006)

Conducts decennial censuses of population and housing; quinquennial censuses of State and local governments, manufacturers, mineral industries, distributive trades, construction industries, and transportation; current surveys which provide information on many of the subjects covered in the censuses at weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual, or other intervals; compilation of current statistics on U.S. foreign trade, including data on imports, exports, and shipping; conducts special censuses at the request and expense of State and local government units; publishes estimates and projections of the population and housing characteristics; issues


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