Grants.gov was established as a governmental resource named the E-Grants Initiative, part of the President’s 2002 Fiscal Year Management Agenda to improve government services to the public. The concept has its origins in the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999, also known as Public Law 106-107. The Grants Policy Committee (GPC), a committee of the U.S. Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Council consisting of grants policy experts from across the federal government, assumed responsibility for implementing P.L. 106-107, working to enhance federal financial assistance even after P.L. 106-107 expired in November 2007. The Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR), created in October 2011, continues to assist the federal financial assistance community with delivery, management, coordination, and accountability of federal grants and cooperative agreements.
Today, Grants.gov is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards.
Principal investigators can use this resource to create an account and search for federally funded grant opportunities, track their applications, and set up alerts.
The Christopher Center Library is a Funding Information Partner of the Foundation Center. The Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network is composed of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers that provide free public access to grant maker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center’s electronic databases, including the Foundation Directory Online Professional, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, and Philanthropy In/Sight. These fully searchable databases include detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation’s top funders, and interactive mapping tools.
To find out more about Funding Information Network resources available within the Christopher Center, visit the Valparaiso University Funding Information Network.