National Institute of Justice

NIJ has a very competitive grant program to assist units of local government to identify, select, develop, modernize, and purchase new technologies for use by law enforcement.


The National Science Foundation: Grants & Awards

Provides funding for research and education in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering.


Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)

FGDC offers three funding programs:

Cooperative agreements for projects that will establish clearinghouses to find and access geospatial data, develop standards related to geographic data, implement educational programs to increase awareness and understanding of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, and build or strengthen relationships among organizations to support digital geographic data coordination.

Framework demonstration projects that support efforts to implement and test the data, technology, and organizational aspects of the framework. Consortia propose projects in which their members work together to produce, maintain, and disseminate framework data needed for national, regional, state, and local analyses.

The National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Benefits program funds cooperative projects that assess the impact of interorganizational cooperation and data sharing to address important issues or solve problems over a particular geographic area. Projects may focus on environmental, economic, social, or cultural problems.


Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications (OTIA)

OTIA provides grants and assistance to public and non-profit entities in “effectively using telecommunications and information technologies to better provide public services and advance other national goals.”


Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program (BTOP)

Funded at $4.7 billion, BTOP is a program run by the Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications (OTIA). BTOP “provides grants to support the deployment of broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas, to enhance broadband capacity at public computer centers, and to encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service.”


USGS Contracts & Grants Information

Provides information about all of the agency’s contracts and grants programs, many of which are directly related to GIS.


USGS Innovative Partnerships

Offers cooperative agreements under which the agency provides support (financial or non-financial) for assistance in obtaining digital elevation, vector line, orthoimage, and similar data, in USGS or compatible formats, for the public domain from non-Federal producers.


USGS Technology Transfer

Provides opportunities for private sector entities to partner with the USGS on technology transfer projects related to the cartographic, geographic, and information sciences.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

NOAA provides funding under several grant programs for projects related to understanding and predicting changes in the coastal ocean environment and the global environment. While programs are primarily research-based, state agencies and local governments are eligible to apply, and are encouraged to partner with academic researchers.


Environmental Protection Agency

EPA’s State, Local and Tribal Projects section includes programs that provide support for open space preservation, parks creation, brownfields clean up, water quality improvement, environmental protection, and pollution prevention. The Agency also offers funding opportunities related to specific geographic regions, as well as environmental management, financing, and technology.


Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD provides support for projects related to housing and community development, economic empowerment, and targeted housing and homeless assistance. Information about all of HUD’s grant support is provided via one annual Super Notice of Funding Availability (SuperNOFA). HUD also makes available for purchase Community 2020, a desktop GIS that includes an array of U.S. Bureau of the Census geographic and demographic data and HUD program data. In addition, the software can integrate data from a range of data sources provided by the user.