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Funding Opportunities

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.

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 formula (or mandatory) 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.

Formula (mandatory) grants are on-going programs, which require no application or competition. Eligibility and funding levels for formula (mandatory) grants is based on specific legislation. At ACL, legislation for formula grants is authorized under The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act) and the Older Americans Act.

Last Modified: 4/2/2014