Funding GRANTS
What Should I Know About ED Grants? - September 1998
Before We Begin
Archived Information

This booklet is intended for readers who are interested in applying to the U.S. Department of Education (Department or ED) for discretionary grants and cooperative agreements, have received an award, or are simply interested in knowing more about the Department’s discretionary grants process. It describes how discretionary grant and cooperative agreement programs are created by Congress and administered by the Department, and how the public goes about applying for and receiving discretionary grants.

This booklet does not contain information about programs of the Department that give student financial assistance or funding through formula grant programs.

How do I apply for student financial assistance?

The Student Financial Assistance Programs in the Office of Postsecondary Education offer funding to individuals looking for financial help to pursue their educational goals. Under these programs, the Department makes a variety of grants and loans for postsecondary education. For more information about these programs and their application process, call

1-800-4-FEDAID (1-800-433-3243)

or access the Department’s Web site at the following Internet address:

How do I get more information about formula grant programs?

Formula grant programs are non-competitive awards based on a predetermined formula. Sometimes referred to as state-administered programs or statutory entitlement programs, they are administered by various program offices. Information about formula grant programs at the U.S. Department of Education is contained in the Guide to U.S. Department of Education Programs (the Guide). (Information about getting a copy of the Guide is given in the section, ‘Other Information,’ which begins after the ‘Glossary’ section of this booklet.) Contact the program office that administers the particular formula grant program in which you are interested.

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