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The “Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance” is a comprehensive listing and description of
Federal programs and activities which provide assistance or benefits to the American public.
It includes 1,009 programs administered by 54 different Federal departments, independent
agencies, commissions, and councils.

The primary purpose of the Catalog is to aid potential beneficiaries in identifying and obtaining available assistance. The Catalog is also intended to improve coordination and communication on Federal program activities among Federal, State, and local governments as well as to coordinate programs within the Federal Government.

Each program is described in terms of the specific type of assistance provided, the purpose for which it is available, who can apply for it and how they should apply. It also identifies Federal offices that can be contacted for additional information on the program.

The Catalog includes various programs, activities, and services which can be requested or applied for by a State or States, territorial possession, county, city, other political subdivision, grouping, or instrumentality thereof; any domestic profit or nonprofit corporation, institution, or individual, other than an agency of the Federal Government.

It includes:

• Grants, loans, loan guarantees, scholarships, mortgage loans, and insurance or other

types of financial assistance.

• Assistance in the form or provision of Federal property, facilities, equipment, goods

or services, including the donation of surplus real and personal property.

• Technical assistance, counseling, and training.

• Statistical and other expert information.

• Service activities of regulatory agencies.

It does not include:

• Automatic payment programs for which the assistance or benefits do not have to be


• Personnel recruitment programs of the individual Federal departments which offer

employment opportunities as part of their normal recruitment operations. (The overall governmentwide employment programs of the Civil Service Commission are included, however.)

• Benefits or assistance available only to current employees of the Federal Government,

either civilian or military.

• Programs which are no longer active or programs for which no funding is currently


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• INDEXES—The pages at the front of the Catalog provide different types of

indexes to help you identify Federal programs that provide the type of assistance you are seeking. These are:

An Agency Program Index which lists all programs in the catalog administered by each Federal agency.

A Functional Index which lists programs by broad purposes such as education, housing, health, community development, etc.

A Popular Name Index which lists programs with names that are more commonly used by applicants and agencies.

Three Applicant Eligibility Indexes for those applicants that are State, Local and Individuals.

A Subject Index which provides a detailed listing of specific types of assistance by topics, categories of services, selected beneficiaries, and other common usage terms.

• PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS—The center portion of the Catalog contains detailed

descriptions of the Federal Domestic Assistance Programs. The program descriptions are listed in the same order as in the Agency Program Index.

• LOCAL CONTACTS—The last section of the Catalog provides addresses of

Regional and Local Federal offices that can be contacted for additional information on the programs and application procedures.

• QUICK REFERENCE INDEX—The back cover of the Catalog contains a bar

index for locating major sections of the Catalog.


• Refer to the Subject Index to determine whether the specific Federal assistance

desired is listed. If it is listed, use the program number(s) identified to locate the appropriate program descriptions. Each of these program descriptions also identifies related programs which may provide the desired assistance. If not found under the specific topical heading, continue to search under synonymous topical headings or

beneficiary categories. • If you are not seeking a specific form of Federal assistance but are interested in

identifying the general nature of assistance available in a broad area such as education, community development, consumer protection, etc., refer to the Functional Index Summary. The summary also provides a reference to the appropriate page of the detailed Functional Index which lists all programs that provide that type of Federal assistance.

• If you know the name of the Federal agency that administers the program in which

you are interested, or you are interested in the various types of programs administered by specific agencies, refer to the Agency Program Index.

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Types of Assistance

The following list defines those types of assistance that are available for programs in the Catalog. Code letters below (A through P) will follow applicable program titles in the Agency Index: A Formula Grants-Allocations of money to states or their subdivisions in accordance with

distribution formulas prescribed by law or administrative regulation, for activities of a
continuing nature not confined to a specific project.


Project Grants—The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects or the delivery of specific services or products without liability for damages for failure to perform. Project grants include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, construction grants, and unsolicited contractual agreements.


Direct Payments for Specified Use-Financial assistance from the Federal Government
provided directly to individuals, private firms, and other private institutions to encourage
or subsidize a particular activity by conditioning the receipt of the assistance on a particular
performance by the recipient. This does not include solicited contracts for the procurement
of goods and services for the Federal Government.


Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use-Financial assistance from the Federal Govern-
ment provided directly to beneficiaries who satisfy Federal eligibility requirements with
no restrictions being imposed on the recipient as to how the money is spent. Included are
payments under retirement, pension, and compensation programs.


Direct Loans-Financial assistance provided through the lending of Federal monies for
a specific period of time, with a reasonable expectation of repayment. Such loans may or
may not require the payment of interest.


Guaranteed/Insured Loans Programs in which the Federal Government makes an
arrangement to indemnify a lender against part or all of any defaults by those responsible
for repayment of loans.


Insurance-Financial assistance provided to assure reimbursement for losses sustained
under specified conditions. Coverage may be provided directly by the Federal Government
or through private carriers and may or may not involve the payment of premiums.


Sale, Exchange, or Donation of Property and Goods—Programs which provide for the
sale, exchange, or donation of Federal real property, personal property, commodities, and
other goods including land, buildings, equipment, food, and drugs. This does not include
the loan of, use of, or access to Federal facilities or property.


Use of Property, Facilities, and Equipment-Programs which provide for the loan of, use
of, or access to Federal facilities or property wherein the federally owned facilities or
property do not remain in the possession of the recipient of the assistance.


Provision of Specialized Services—Programs which provide Federal personnel to directly
perform certain tasks for the benefit of communities or individuals. These services may
be performed in conjunction with non-Federal personnel, but they involve more than
consultation, advice, or counseling.


Advisory Services and Counseling - Programs which provide Federal specialists to consult,
advise, or counsel communities or individuals including conferences, workshops, or personal
contacts. This may involve the use of published information, but only in a secondary

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