OPR provides technical assistance to state agencies, local governments, institutions of higher learning, and nonprofit organizations, on how to find, apply and manage federal grants.
By working with a statewide federal grant network, which includes a primary point of contact at state agencies, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) provides resources and assistance on all aspects of federal grants and identifies new funding opportunities and facilitates trainings to encourage and improve the ability of interested parties to pursue and manage federal grants.
To find state grant opportunities in one centralized location, please visit the California State Grants Portal.
OPR is hosting a series of free webinars on important pre-planning steps to help you get started in federal grants.
Elements for Quality Project Design
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 12:00–1:30 p.m. PDT
Join the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) and Assel Grant Services for this session on effectively planning and designing a federal grant project. Topics will include:
- How to design and run a series of proposal design meetings
- Tools to get consensus and information about project activities quickly
- Clear definitions of evidence-based and research-based programming
- Commonly used evidence levels
- How to describe programs not based on specific evidence-based models, but which still use research to guide its programming.
Building a Compelling Federal Budget
Thursday, October 13, 2022, 12:00–1:30 p.m. PDT
Join the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) and Assel Grant Services for this session on building a budget for a federal grant funded project. Topics will include:
- The most common federal budget categories
- How to fill out budget forms for the most commons federal departments
- The federal definitions of reasonable, allowable, and allocable
- How to justify all of the federal categories using these definitions
- How to ensure your post-award documentation continues to document these areas so expenditures are not rejected by local and federal auditors.
The State Clearinghouse (SCH) serves as the state's Single Point of Contact for the review of federal assistance applications pursuant to Presidential Executive Order No. 12372. Notification of all federal assistance applications must be provided to the SCH pursuant to Assembly Bill No. 1348, which in turn publishes this information for review and comment by State and local elected officials. SAM Section 0912 requires that departments submit new federal funds through the SCH and then through Finance through a DF-24 notification prior to applying for funds.