What Is a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)?

Editor’s Note: This blog post was first published in 2017 and updated on August 18, 2020.

A Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is the document all federal agencies use to announce the availability of grant funds to the public.

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What Are Some Key Elements in an FOA?

By federal regulation, all FOAs must include the following key information:

  • Program purpose, goals, and measurement
  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number for grant program
  • Type of award (e.g., discretionary grant or cooperative agreement)
  • Due date for grant applications
  • Funding opportunity number
  • Reporting requirements
  • Full text of the announcement
  • Instructions to apply


Where Do I Find Funding Opportunity Announcements?

To find funding opportunities, go to the Search Grants tab on Grants.gov and use the keyword search or search criteria feature.  Be sure to use key words or select search criteria that best describe the activities the grant would support and/or the intended public benefit your grant would achieve.

Federal agencies may also post FOAs on their respective websites, but Grants.gov provides a consolidated search for all federal grant-making agencies.

4 thoughts on “What Is a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)?

  1. Are the grants given irrespective of the sector the applicants are applying for? or are there specific sectors who are likely to get grants?


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