Funding Opportunities

Welcome to the Funding Opportunities section of ACL’s web site. The Administration for Community Living (ACL), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the federal agency responsible for increasing access to community supports, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities, across the lifespan.

Each year, Congress appropriates funds for use by ACL and other federal agencies in carrying out their mission. Grants and cooperative agreements are the vehicles by which ACL transfers its appropriated funding resources to grantees. Visit the HHS Grants Forecast website and sort by the ACL operational division to view information about upcoming ACL Funding Opportunity Announcements.

The links below provide information for potential ACL grant applicants as well as current grantees:

There are two basic types of federal grants: discretionary (or competitive) grants and mandatory (or formula) grants.

Discretionary (competitive) grants allow ACL to exercise discretion in selecting the projects to be funded and determining the amount to be awarded. Because of the nature of these projects, substantial involvement on the part of the Agency is often necessary so, as a result, discretionary (competitive) grants are increasingly being administered as cooperative agreements. ACL administers discretionary (competitive) programs under several authorizing statutes including the Older Americans Act, the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, and the Public Health Services Act.


Last Modified: 5/6/2014