Note: Numbers in parenthesis after the type of assistance indicate the number of programs listed in the Catalog having that type. Also, a program may have more than one type of assistance associated with it.
Government Grants - Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)
CFDA currently tracks over $10 million federal dollars obligated to domestic assistance programs. The following chart displays projected and actual Recovery and non-Recovery federal dollars obligated.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) provides a full listing of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); 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.
You do not need an account to search the catalog and view Federal assistance programs.
Where can I get help about CFDA? For questions about CFDA, you can contact the Federal Service Desk by clicking on the For Help: Federal Service Desk link on the bottom left of every page or by visiting the Federal Service Desk at (https://www.fsd.gov). Users may call the Federal Service Desk by dialing 1-866-606-8220 (national) or 1-334-206-7828 (international) from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Do I need to register for an Agency User account to use the system? No. CFDA Agency User accounts are only for Federal government staff managing the CFDA program data. You do not need an account to search the CFDA catalog or to view Federal assistance programs. This information is freely available to any interested party. You can search by keyword, by agency, by program number as well as fine tune your search requests using the advanced search feature.
Why was my account request rejected? CFDA system accounts are only for Federal government staff managing the CFDA program data. If your account request was rejected, that means that the Agency Coordinator was unable to confirm your status as a government staff member. If you feel this decision is in error, let us know via the email@example.com e-mail address.
Is there a User Manual? The public user manual is available on the homepage (www.cfda.gov) in PDF format. There is also a link to it at the bottom of every page.
Is there a way to electronically download program data? The CFDA established a public FTP site in order to promote sharing of program data, as well as to provide a means for related government systems to download data reliably and efficiently. The FTP site URL is ftp://ftp.cfda.gov and provides users with the ability to anonymously download program data in csv format. There are two available file options:
Daily File: This file is updated nightly and will contain the following limited program data fields: Program Number, Program Title, and Agency. The file name will adhere to the following naming convention: "programsYYDDD" with the 2-digit year and 3-digit Julian day, e.g., programs09159.csv
Weekly File: This file is updated weekly (Sunday night) and will contain ALL program data fields publicly available. The file name will adhere to the following naming convention: "programs-fullYYDDD" with the 2-digit year and 3-digit Julian day, e.g., programs-full09164.csv
How can I tell if a CFDA program contains Recovery Act funding? All CFDA programs that are funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Recovery Act) have a "RECOVERY" icon embedded in their header information. This icon is visible in the [Search Recovery Programs] results and when you view the program description for a Recovery Act-funded program.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
For years, GSA has published a printed version of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA or Catalog), as required by legislation dating to 1977 and 1983. 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.
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.
The Internet and GSA’s free CFDA website at http://www.cfda.gov will be the primary means of disseminating the Catalog. The CFDA website will also contain a PDF file version of the Catalog that, when printed by any user, will have the same layout as the printed document that the Government Printing Office (GPO) has provided.
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
for grants for unemployed people.
Money for Christmas
It's not uncommon for consumers to be short of money to buy Christmas presents. Besides the traditional financial resources, there are other avenues to get help. Free Christmas Money and Loan Options for Gifts
Christmas Loan Money
Need money to buy Christmas presents? Here are ways to get free Christmas gifts for kids, as well as options for a line of credit or for a cash loan.
It's not uncommon for consumers to be short of money to buy Christmas presents. Besides the traditional financial resources, there are other avenues to get help.
Before we discuss a line of credit or a cash loan to buy Christmas presents or for other emergency needs, let's look at alternatives for parents with small children:
The resources below offer free Christmas presents for children of needy families:
Family, Friends and Neighbors
In regards to military bases, most have a Toys for Tots type campaign. Contact your nearest military installation for information.
Don't let your pride get the better of you. If you have small children, swallow your pride and put your children first. Ask for help, even from friends, family and neighbors.
If you would rather obtain a line of credit or a loan, but have bad credit, here are some options to consider, starting with our highest recommendation:
Refinance an Auto - If you have an auto that is paid off, you have a good chance of getting approved for a loan by using your auto as collateral. We recommend a traditional loan, versus an "Auto Title Loan", because a traditional loan generally offers the best interest rate.
Refinance an Auto Loan - this is another good alternative, because in addition to an equity cash loan, you may also be able to lower your current loan's interest rate and/or monthly payment.
Get a quick loan for Christmas - an unsecured personal loan for bad credit may have a higher interest rate, but offers easy approval with no credit check.
Get a Guaranteed Approval Card - Shopping Cards offer you a line of credit, but limits where you may use the card. Typically, it offers online or catalog orders for merchandise from a select group of vendors.
If you decide to obtain a line of credit or a loan, use the links on the right side of this page to select and apply online.
Setting a Fraud Alerts
Equifax works with the other two nationwide credit reporting agencies, Experian and TransUnion, so that when you request an alert through Equifax, your request is automatically sent to the other two agencies. Generally, the alert will be placed on your credit file with all three agencies within 48 hours.
To place a Fraud Alert on your Equifax credit file:
* Online: Place an Initial 90 Day Fraud Alert or Active Duty Alert
* Call: 1-800-525-6285 OR Write to:
Equifax Information Services LLC
P.O. Box 105069
Atlanta, GA 30348-5069
How Identity Thieves Steal Your Informaiton:
* Going through your mail or trash, looking for bank and credit card statements, pre-approved credit offers, and tax information.
* Stealing personal information from your wallet or purse such as identification, credit, or bank cards.
* Completing change-of-address forms to redirect your mail.
* Acquiring personal information you share on unsecured sites on the Internet.
* Buying personal information about you from an inside source -- for example, a store employee that gets your information from a credit application or by "skimming" your credit card information when you make a purchase.
* Getting your personnel records at work.
* By being family members, roommates, or close friends that have access to your personal information.