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Grant Applicants

The following resources are for people seeking information or assistance applying for Federal Grants. Please contact our office for additional information or assistance.


Who is eligible to receive federal grants?

Every funding opportunity has unique eligibility requirements. Generally speaking, most grants are open to government entities (State, Parish, and Local) and/or non-profit organizations. Grants are rarely open to for-profit entities or individuals.

If you are looking for resources for your small business, please consult the Small Business Administration.

There are also benefits for individuals through many agencies. If you are having an issue with a specific agency, contact one of my offices to speak with a case worker.


How do I find a federal grant?

Identifying the appropriate funding opportunity for your project can be very challenging, but there are several ways to do so.

Agency website: Agencies keep up-to-date information on their websites about their open and closed funding opportunities. You can find a complete list of agencies here. System Award Management (SAM) is the new, official U.S. government website for making, receiving, and managing federal grants. It is in the process of combining ten legacy sites & the Catalog of of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).

You can search and find the tools you need to apply for federal grants through

Our Newsletter: This routine newsletter highlights current funding opportunities, provides guidance on grant writing, and spotlights grant recipients in LA-06. Sign up here!

How do I apply for a federal grant? serves as the platform to apply for almost all federal resources.

You will need to obtain a DUNS number, register with SAM, and register with before applying for a federal grant. These are lengthy processes, so please allot plenty of time to do each before the deadline. Please find more information about registering an organization here.

Can you help me write a grant application?

Our office cannot help you write a grant proposal or complete an application. However, we can help find answers you have about federal funding opportunities. If you have questions about a specific program, please contact Chelbi Johnson at

There are a wealth of free resources available online- including Grantspace’s Introduction and Guide. Additionally, agencies often offer webinars or live call-ins about specific grant programs. Utilize these to learn the details about a funding opportunity.

Can you provide a support letter to include in my grant application packet?

Yes! If your project will be a responsible use of federal funding and is located in (or will positively affect) LA-06, we will be happy to provide a letter of support to your proposal. Please return a completed request form ] to Chelbi Johnson two weeks prior to submission. You may also include a drafted letter of support to our office.


Featured grants:

  1. Louisiana Office of Tourism – Tourism Event Marketing: This goal of this grant is to encourage and support marketing initiatives for tourism events in the State, including fairs and festivals. The deadline for submissions is April 24, 2019. More information:


  1. Delta Regional Authority – States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP): This program provides direct investment into community-based and regional projects in the Mississippi Delta- including basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, business development, and workforce development. Applications  will be accepted until May 31, 2019. More information:


  1. National Endowment for the Humanities – Digital Humanities Advancement Grants: This program supports digital projects at different stages throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Applications are accepted until June 19, 2019. More information: