A Comprehensive Federal Grant Guidebook from the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


Jan 24, 2023


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  • The Federal Grant Guidebook by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) is an eBook that provides guidance and information on federal grants in California.
  • The Business and Labor section in the book provides information on federal grant opportunities related to business development, workforce training, and labor standards.
  • The Energy and Transportation book section provides information on federal grant opportunities related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and transportation infrastructure.

The Federal Grant Guidebook by OPR covers identifying funding opportunities, developing grant proposals, complying with regulations, and tracking and reporting on grant performance. 

The guidebook is intended to assist state agencies, local governments, and other organizations in navigating the federal grant process and maximizing funding benefits.

Business and Labor

This “Business and Labor” category includes funding opportunities that support the development and growth of businesses and the workforce in California. Examples of programs that are included in this category are as under:

The “Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)” program is a competitive federal grant program that encourages small businesses to engage in research and development with the potential for commercialization. The program funds small companies to research and develop new and innovative technologies.

The “Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE)” program is a federal grant program that provides funding to rural communities to support economic development and job creation. The program focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship in rural areas and supports projects that promote sustainable economic growth.

The “Research and Evaluation Program” is a federal grant program that provides funding to organizations to research and evaluate various issues related to workforce development. The program aims to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of workforce development programs and services.

The “Reentry Employment Opportunities” program is a federal grant program that funds organizations to support the reentry of individuals with criminal records into the workforce. The program aims to reduce recidivism by providing job training, placement, and support services to individuals returning to their communities from prison or jail.

These programs are just a few examples. There are so many other programs highlighted in the category. Also, the availability of these programs and the criteria for eligibility vary from year to year, depending on the budget and priorities of the federal government.

Energy and Transportation

This “Energy and Transportation” category covers programs such as the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program and the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program. 

The section also covers funding opportunities for transportation infrastructure improvements, such as road and bridge repair and public transportation projects.

Some of the programs mentioned under this category are as under:

One program mentioned in the guidebook is the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, which provides funding for transportation projects that significantly impact the nation, region, or metropolitan area. 

Eligible projects include:

  • Improving existing transportation facilities’ conditions.
  • Promoting economic competitiveness.
  • Improving access to transportation for individuals and communities.

Another program highlighted in the guidebook is the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG), which provides funding to local governments and tribes to implement energy efficiency and conservation programs. 

Eligible projects include those that improve energy efficiency in government buildings, provide education and outreach on energy efficiency, and implement renewable energy projects.

Lastly, the guidebook mentions the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Low or No Emission Vehicle (Low-No) program, which provides funding for purchasing or leasing low- or no-emission buses and related equipment. The program aims to promote clean, efficient, and reliable transit vehicles, reduce dependence on foreign oil, and improve air quality.

These programs provide funding opportunities for energy and transportation projects that promote economic competitiveness, improve energy efficiency, modernize the electric grid, and promote clean, efficient, and reliable transit vehicles. 

Read the complete book here. 

Wrap Up!

This Federal grant guidebook is valuable for organizations seeking federal funding in California. It provides a wealth of information and guidance on the grant application process. It can help organizations maximize the benefits of the funding opportunities available. 


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