Block grants are awarded to an organization if it meets certain criteria, such as:
Be a 501(c)3 charitable organization;
Be a state or local government entity;
Have a proven track record of serving public needs; and
Be not for profit or a non-profit organization.
All nonprofits are eligible for block grants under IRC 501(c)(3) if they meet these criteria.
Why should I take the time to apply for a grant?
Block grants are very common and easy to apply for. They are especially helpful when you have a large project that requires a coordinated effort between nonprofits.
How do I apply for a block grant?
You can apply for grants online, with online applications for nonprofits. For more information about the process, see our block grant application guide. Read our blocks grant FAQ below for more information about applying for a block grant.
Which nonprofits can get grants?
Federal grants to eligible nonprofit organizations in the U.S. are available through the following organizations:
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), provides grants in fiscal years, when the total appropriation for the organization cannot be estimated. The Corporation for National and Community Service is a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), funded by a Federal grant, provides grants in those same fiscal years.
The Corporation for Public Service (CPS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, provides grants in the same fiscal year, to entities that are non-profit entities or which are public schools, colleges, or universities.
How can I find more information about grant recipients?
To find more information about a person or organization that received a grant, select the details that meet your needs below.
How do I find out about a grant-eligible organization?
Use Grant Explorer, a searchable website that allows a non-profit organization, or other organizations, to search by grant category and year. Go to Grant Explorer.
How do I find out about a grant-eligible nonprofit organization?
Go to Find Grantees.
What types of grants are available?
Grantees are eligible for a variety of grants, such as:
Federal grants to nonprofits and community-based organizations that help make government better
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