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.

Upcoming Webinars

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.

Register for Elements for Quality Project Design webinar

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.

Register for Building a Compelling Federal Budget webinar

Review of Federal Programs

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.

The SCH does not administer grant programs or offer any grant funding. Please visit grants.gov for funding opportunities and sam.gov for the online Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).

For More Information

Amy Miller
Amy Miller is the Federal Grant Administrator at OPR, where she serves as a primary point of contact for information on federal grants and serves as a coordinator to manage and maximize federal grant opportunities within the state.