Given the $billions in grants awarded each year it's logical to think there is a department in charge. In fact there is no central grant department. There are multiple agencies, described below.
IMPORTANT: No legitimate “U.S. Government Grant Department” will ever call to notify you that you have been awarded a grant. If you do get such a call, IT IS A SCAM; do not believe them. Never give them any information and never send them money - you will never get it back. To learn more about this and similar scams please see our article about Free Money Phone Call Scams.
Regardless of what you read, grant-awarding departments don't give grants to individuals. They deal only with other government agencies, housing agencies, non-profits, educational institutions and others. Here's where you can look to find personal assistance:
For money help see our article on Financial Aid; check out Pell Grants if you're a student; see Grants for Business for to start or grow your business; Grants for Research if that applies to you, and Government Grants to Purchase a Home for help buying or keeping your home.
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- Agency for International Development: aid outside the United States.
- Corporation for National and Community Service: service and volunteering
- Agriculture: food safety, resource conservation
- Commerce: U. S. economic health and technology
- Defense: the defense of our nation
- Education: education in the U.S.
- Energy: energy security and related issues
- Health and Human Services: the health of all Americans.
- Homeland Security: protection from attack and from harm due to natural disasters.
- Housing and Urban Development: home ownership and community development.
- The Interior: U.S. heritage, Indian tribes and island communities.
- Justice: law enforcement, crime control and equal justice for all Americans.
- Labor: work related issues including safety, opportunities, rights, and other issues.
- State: U.S. relations and general stability around the world.
- Treasury: the U. S. economy and various financial systems.
- Veterans Affairs: a variety of issues and services for U.S. veterans.
- Environmental Protection Agency: the U.S. environment.
- Institute of Museum and Library Services: support for U.S. libraries and museums.
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: U.S. space program, aeronautics and exploration;
- National Archives and Records Administration: maintains public records of government actions.
- National Endowment for the Arts: promotes the arts, arts accessibility and education.
- National Endowment for the Humanities: makes grants which promote a variety of programs related to the humanities;
- National Science Foundation: promotes progress and achievement in science for the benefit of all Americans and for our national defense. It is a major provider of related grants made for government supported research at universities and colleges.
- Small Business Administration: promotes and encourages small businesses through grants to related organizations and by providing a wide range of education and support.
- Social Security Administration: leads and manages the U.S. Social Security programs.