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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
For years, GSA has published a printed version of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA or Catalog), as required by legislation. That same legislation allowed GSA to distribute free copies of the printed Catalog to designated recipients. In fiscal year 2003, nearly 10,000 paper copies of the Catalog were distributed at no cost to the recipients
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance is a government-wide compendium of Federal programs, projects, services, and activities that provide assistance or benefits to the American public. It contains financial and nonfinancial assistance programs administered by departments and establishments of the Federal government.
Current legislation, however, authorizes GSA to determine in what form to prepare and publish the Catalog. Consistent with the Administration's Electronic-Government initiatives, the Government Paperwork Elimination Act, and a move to a paper free environment, GSA will now disseminate the Catalog electronically through the CFDA website on the Internet. As a result, effective immediately, GSA will no longer print and distribute free copies of the Catalog.
In 1984, Public Law 98-169 authorized the transfer of responsibilities of the Federal Program Information Act from the Office of Management and Budget to the General Services Administration (GSA). The transfer took place in July 1984. These responsibilities include the dissemination of Federal domestic assistance program information through the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, pursuant to the Federal Program Information Act, Public Law 95-220, as amended by Public Law 98-169. GSA now maintains the Federal assistance information database from which program information is obtained. The Office of Management and Budget serves as an intermediary agent between the Federal agencies and GSA, thus providing oversight to the necessary collection of Federal domestic assistance program data.
As the basic reference source of Federal programs, the primary purpose of the Catalog is to assist users in identifying programs that meet specific objectives of the potential applicant, and to obtain general information on Federal assistance programs. In addition, the intent of the Catalog is to improve coordination and communication between the Federal government and State and local governments.
GPO will continue printing and selling the CFDA to interested buyers. For information about purchasing the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance from GPO, call the Superintendent of Documents at 202-512-1800 or toll free at 866-512-1800, or you may reach GPO's on-line bookstore at http://bookstore.gpo.gov.
Types Of Assistance
The Catalog provides the user with access to programs administered by Federal departments and agencies in a single publication. Program information is cross referenced by functional classification (Functional Index), subject (Subject Index), applicant (Applicant Index), deadline(s) for program application submission (Deadlines Index), and authorizing legislation (Authorization Index). These are valuable resource tools that, if used carefully, can make it easier to identify specific areas of program interest more efficiently.
Currently, programs in the Catalog are being classified by GSA into 15 types of assistance. (Cooperative Agreements as a type of assistance is used for programs administered under that mechanism. However, the definition does not appear in this section.) Benefits and services of the programs are provided through seven financial types of assistance and eight nonfinancial types of assistance. The following list defines the types of assistance that are available through the programs. Code letters below (A through O) which identify the type of assistance) will follow program titles in the Agency Index, Applicant Eligibility Index, the Functional Index, Deadlines Index, and in the list of added programs.
Other sections of the Catalog provide users with information on programs added and deleted since the last edition of the Catalog, a crosswalk of program numbers and title changes, regional and local offices, intergovernmental review requirements, definitions of the types of assistance under which programs are administered, proposal writing, grant application procedures, and additional sources of information on Federal programs and services.
Programs selected for inclusion in the Federal assistance data base are defined as any function of a Federal agency that 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, other than an agency of the Federal government.
A "Federal domestic assistance program" may in practice be called a program, an activity, a service, a project, a process, or some other name, regardless of whether it is identified as a separate program by statute or regulation. It will be identified in terms of its legal authority, administering office, funding, purpose, benefits, and beneficiaries.
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. B. Project Grants - The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects.
Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction
grants. C. 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. D. Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use - Financial assistance from the Federal
government 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
compensatory programs. E. 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. F. Guaranteed/Insured Loans Programs in which the Federal government makes an
arrangement to identify a lender against part or all of any defaults by those
responsible for repayment of loans. G. Insurance - Financial assistance provided to assure reimbursement for losses
"Assistance" or "benefits" refers to the transfer of money, property, services, or anything of value, the principal purpose of which is to accomplish a public purpose of support or stimulation authorized by Federal statute. Assistance includes, but is not limited to grants, loans, loan guarantees, scholarships, mortgage loans, insurance, and other types of financial assistance, including cooperative agreements; property, technical assistance, counseling, statistical, and other expert information; and service activities of regulatory agencies. It does not include the provision of conventional public information services.
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. H. 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. I. 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. J. Provision of Specialized Services - Programs that provide Federal personnel
directly to perform certain tasks for the benefit of communities or individuals. These services may be performed in conjunction with nonfederal personnel, but
they involve more than consultation, advice, or counseling. K. Advisory Services and Counseling - Programs which provide Federal specialists
to consult, advise, or counsel communities or individuals to include conferences, workshops, or personal contacts. This may involve the use of published
information, but only in a secondary capacity. L. Dissemination of Technical Information - Programs that provide for the
publication and distribution of information or data of a specialized or technical nature frequently through clearinghouses or libraries. This does not include conventional public information services designed for general public
consumption. M. Training - Programs that provide instructional activities conducted directly by a
Federal agency for individuals not employed by the Federal government. N. Investigation of Complaints - Federal administrative agency activities that are
initiated in response to requests, either formal or informal, to examine or investigate claims of violations of Federal statutes, policies, or procedure. The
origination of such claims must come from outside the Federal government. O. Federal Employment - Programs that reflect the Governmentwide
responsibilities of the Office of Personnel Management in the recruitment and hiring of Federal civilian agency personnel.
• Business and Commerce • Community Development • Consumer Protection • Cultural Affairs • Disaster Prevention and Relief • Education Employment, Labor, and Training • Energy • Environmental Quality • Food and Nutrition • Health • Housing • Income Security and Social Services • Information and Statistics • Law, Justice, and Legal Services • Natural Resources • Regional Development • Science and Technology • Transportation
Programs in the Catalog also include service activities of regulatory agencies.
The Catalog does not include:
Solicited contracts administered under procurement laws and regulations for the
purchase of goods and services for the Federal government; • Foreign activities except as such programs have direct economic benefit in the
domestic economy. (A program that provides both domestic and foreign assistance will be included with the description of the program oriented toward
the domestic aspect.); • Personnel recruitment programs of individual Federal departments which offer
employment opportunities as part of normal recruiting operations, (the overall government-wide programs of the Office of Personnel Management are
included); • Benefits or assistance available only to current employees of the Federal
government either civilian or military; • New programs proposed in the Budget for which appropriations have not been
enacted; or • Programs that are no longer active due to expired authorization or appropriation.
Contents of the Catalog
The Catalog contains Federal domestic assistance programs available to: State and local governments (including the District of Columbia and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments); Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions, specialized groups; and individuals.
Organization of the Catalog
The Catalog is divided into three basic sections -- the indices, the program descriptions, and the appendices.
Programs in the Catalog provide information on the:
INDICES --To locate specific programs of interest, determine eligibility, and to obtain information on the dates applications for assistance should be submitted to the funding agency, users may consult the Agency Program Index, the Functional Index, or the Subject Index; the Applicant Eligibility Index, and the Index listing deadlines for program applications.
• Federal agency administering a program;
contacts at the headquarters, regional, and local offices; • Programs that are related based upon program objectives and uses; • Examples of funded projects; • Criteria for selecting proposals; and • Individual agency policies and Federal management policy directives pertaining
to a program
The Agency Index Summary provides a description of the functions and activities of Federal agencies responsible for administering programs in the Catalog. Program numbers are also listed with the administering agency.
The Agency Program Index lists all programs in the Catalog in numerical order by the five-digit program identification number, the program title, the Federal agency responsible for administering the program, and whether the program offers financial assistance, nonfinancial assistance, or a combination of both.
Programs in the Catalog provide a wide range of benefits and services, which have been grouped into 20 basic functional categories, and 176 subcategories that identify specific areas of interest. Listed below are the 20 basic categories in which all programs have been grouped by primary purpose.
The Functional Index Summary lists the basic functional categories and the subcategories that further identify specific areas of interest. Following the Summary is the Functional Index listing each program number and title under the appropriate basic category and subcategory.
The Subject Index provides a detailed listing of programs by various topics, popular name, general functional terms, categories of services, and selected beneficiaries, and is followed by the applicable program numbers.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Index lists CFDA programs that are funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, Public Law 111.5.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS -- The center section of the printed Catalog and the listings available on this web site contain descriptions of Federal programs listed by program number in the same numerical sequence as in the Agency Program Index. Detailed information concerning programs is contained under the description headings of each Catalog program. The following is an explanation of each program description heading followed by examples of the type of information found under each heading.
The Applicant Eligibility Index is a listing in program number sequence, along with program titles, indicating the applicants eligible to apply. The index lists programs that may be applied for by:
NOTE: The program used in the example below does not exist. It is provided for the purpose of illustration only.
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
a 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 • 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.
PROGRAM NUMBER, TITLE, AND POPULAR NAME -- Each program in the Catalog is preceded by a five-digit program identification number. The first two digits identify the Federal department or agency that administers the program, and the last three numbers are assigned in numerical sequence. Thus, program number 10.500 is administered by the Department of Agriculture, 11.500 by the Department of Commerce, 12.500 by the Department of Defense, 93.500 by the Department of Health and Human Services, and so on. (In the numerical sequence of program numbers, some numbers do not appear due to program deletions or consolidations. To accommodate users' systems and records, the numbers are not reassigned to other programs but are reserved for the reinstated programs.) The program title is the descriptive name given to a program. The popular name, which is less descriptive than the program title, is the name by which programs are commonly known or most often used by applicants and agencies.
The Deadlines Index (for program applications) is a listing of program numbers and titles and the deadline date(s) by which funding agencies must receive applications. This information is also contained in the Deadlines Section of the program descriptions.
Example: Community Mental Health Centers Act of 1975, Part A, Section 203(e), Public Law 94-63,42 U.S.C. 2689.
Users should also consult the following listings:
OBJECTIVES -- This is a brief statement of specific objectives stated in terms of what the program is intended to accomplish along with the goals toward which the program is directed.
The Archived Programs list identifies programs that have been archived since the previous edition of the Catalog due to: expiration of budget authority; rescission of budget authority for the current fiscal year; program consolidation which has rendered the former program number(s) obsolete; the replacement of a categorical grant program by a block grant program; the replacement of two or more categorical programs by a block grant program; the abolishment of an agency; or the criteria for including a program in the Catalog no longer valid being (e.g., a program which no longer operates under Federal funding).
Example: To stimulate innovative approaches to children's mental health problems emphasizing prevention and coordination of community services; to expand training activities; and, to broaden resources for children's mental health services.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE -- This section indicates the form in which the assistance is transmitted from the Federal government and is initially received for use or distribution by the applicant.
Example: Project Grants.
The Added Programs list identifies programs that have been added since the previous edition of the Catalog due to: the appropriation of new budget authority; the consolidation of two or more programs creating a new program; the splitting of elements from a former program creating two or more new programs; the transformation of a single categorical grant program into a block program; or the consolidation of two or more categorical grant programs into a block program.
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS -- This section describes the potential uses for the assistance provided to meet stated objectives, and the specific restrictions placed upon the use of funds. The section cites one or more applications depending upon the nature of a particular program. Since this section translates objectives into the uses of a program, users may develop a clearer understanding of the program's objectives.
The Crosswalk of Changes to Program Numbers and Titles which lists programs that have undergone a title change, or a program number change due to restructuring of programs, or reorganization of a Federal agency.
Example: Support for Continuation Grants only. Program authorizes funds on a
matching basis for initial staffing of facilities offering mental health services for children. Staffing grants may be used for a portion of the costs of professional and technical personnel to operate a facility for child mental health services; a higher percentage may be paid if an area has been designated a poverty area by the Secretary, HHS. The proposed program must provide consultation and coordinating services with other community agencies serving children in service area, and must include a plan with the means by which it will be evaluated.
to State and Local Governments" (referenced here for construction, land acquisition, and land development projects for which Federal funding exceeds $100,000); (4) coverage for eligibility under Executive Order 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs"; or (5) a preapplication or preapplication conference. Applicants should also ascertain from the Federal agency the existence of other circular requirements not indicated by this section, and from the State, any State requirements that may be in effect. In cases where E.O. 12372 is not applicable to the program, a disclaimer statement is included referencing the exclusion, e.g., "This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372."
Applicant Eligibility -- This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.
Example: Preapplication consultation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Branch of the HHS Regional Office is not mandatory. Application must be accompanied by evidence of approval and recommendation by the appropriate State agency or agencies. The standard application forms, as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A102, must be used for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Certain programs in the Catalog (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.
Example: To be eligible for staffing grants, applicants must be part of, or affiliated with, a community mental health center, unless there is no center serving the community. Applicants may then be any public or private nonprofit agency providing, or coordinating with programs that will provide a full range of mental health services for children and their families residing in the service area.
Application Procedure --This section discusses the basic procedural steps required by the Federal agency in the application process, beginning with the lowest level (e.g., State and local government units, institutions or organizations) and ending eventually with the Federal government. Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office. Numerous programs in the Catalog require the standard application forms in OMB Circular No. A-102 (Attachment M). Other applications may be in the form of a written request to the funding agency stating the need for assistance and requesting available services, or a formal proposal prepared in response to an announcement in the Federal Register or the Commerce Business Daily. Also indicated in this section is guidance concerning the applicability of OMB Circular No. A-110, "Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations." In cases where specific Federal circulars or other regulatory requirements are not applicable to the program, disclaimer statements may be included referencing the requirement(s) from which the program is excluded, e.g., "This program is excluded from coverage under (applicable requirement)."
Beneficiary Eligibility -- This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.
Example: Children and their families in the service area as well as personnel of schools and other community agencies serving children.
Example: Continuation Application Form ADM-115 should be used for staffing. Instructions and consultation may be obtained from the mental health section of the appropriate HHS Regional Office. Applications are sent to the Regional Office with copies to Acting Director, Division of Mental Health Service Programs, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102.
Credentials/Documentation -- This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance. The eligibility factors that must be proven, certified, or established are indicated in this section. This section also indicates whether OMB Circular No. A-87 requirements, "Cost Principles Applicable to Grants and Contracts with State and Local Governments," are applicable. In cases where specific Federal circulars or other regulatory requirements are not applicable to the program, disclaimer statements may be included referencing the requirement(s) from which the program is excluded, e.g., "This program is excluded from coverage under (applicable requirement)."
Award Procedure -- This section lists the basic procedural steps for awarding assistance, beginning with the organizational components of the Federal agency that has final approval authority for the application and ending with the lowest level at which Federal resources are expended. Also indicated is whether assistance passes through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.
Example: Proof of nonprofit status is required of nonprofit organizations and institutions. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Accepted applications are subject to evaluation by the headquarters, regional, local or district office to determine the feasibility of the proposed project to include consistency with Federal and individual agency policies concerning its scope and purpose. Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. The headquarters office may make awards directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Example: The Regional Health Administrator makes awards to approved applicants.
Preapplication Coordination -- This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the Federal funding agency. For example, programs may require: (1) State agency approval prior to the submission of an application to a Federal agency; (2) the submission of environmental impact information as required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and Executive Order 11514 of March 4, 1970; (3) coordination with the policies of the recently revised OMB Circular No. A-102, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements
Deadlines -- When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency that will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. Reference is made to new applications, continuations, renewals, and supplementals. Application deadline information is
Audits -- This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year -- not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).
Formula and Matching Requirements -- This section indicates the formula and matching requirements prescribed in the allocation of funds or maintenance of effort requirements. A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Usually, a minimum percentage for matching share is prescribed by program legislation, and matching share requirements are included in the grant agreement. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.
Example: In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have an audit made for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records -- This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.
Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.
Example: Records must be retained at least 3 years; records shall be retained beyond the 3-year period if audit findings have not been resolved.
In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.
Account Identification --This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account that funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government. (See Appendix III for further information on the meaning of the 11 digits of this code.)
Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds. Programs that have maintenance of effort requirements and have total allocations over $100 million (current FY) should have the following statement in this section: This program has
Obligations -- The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. In each succeeding edition of the Catalog, the dollar amounts are revised to reflect changes that may result from supplemental appropriations or amendments. Each program indicates what the obligation figures represent in terms of the type of