Who is Eligible to Submit to a Funding Opportunity?

We have all seen them; late night infomercials, websites, and reference guides, advertising "millions in free money". Don't believe the hype! Although there are many funding opportunities on Grants.gov, few of them are available to individuals and none of them are available for personal financial assistance. To find an alphabetical listing of federal personal assistance visit the USA.gov website.

There are many groups of organizations that are eligible to apply for government funding opportunities, posted on Grants.gov. Typically, most applicant organizations fall into the following categories.

Government Organizations

  • State Governments
  • Local Governments
  • City or Township Governments
  • Special District Governments
  • Native American Tribal Governments (federally recognized)
  • Native American Tribal Governments (other than federally recognized)

Education Organizations

  • Independent School Districts
  • Public and State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
  • Private Institutions of Higher Education

Public Housing Organizations

  • Public Housing Authorities
  • Indian Housing Authorities

Non-Profit Organizations

  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

For-Profit Organizations (other than small businesses)

Small Businesses
Small business grants may be awarded to companies meeting the size standards that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has established for most industries in the economy. The most common size standards are as follows:

  • 500 employees for most manufacturing and mining industries
  • 100 employees for all wholesale trade industries
  • $6 million for most retail and service industries
  • $28.5 million for most general & heavy construction industries
  • $12 million for all special trade contractors
  • $0.75 million for most agricultural industries

Individuals
Individuals submit funding opportunity applications on their behalf, and not on behalf of a company, organization, institution, or government. If registered as an individual, you are only allowed to apply to funding opportunities that are open to individuals.