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Grant Applicants

One of my top priorities in Congress is to ensure federal resources are accessible to El Paso’s nonprofits, small businesses, and other eligible grant seekers to support services in the 16th Congressional District of Texas. The federal grant process is highly competitive, and sometimes the process of researching and applying for assistance can get overwhelming.

Below, you will find ways my office can support local grant applications and general information about the federal grant process. If you have any questions or need more information, please call my office at (915) 541-1400 or email

Grants Newsletter & Webinars

You can sign up for the Grants Newsletter by emailing and request to be added to the distribution list. This biweekly newsletter contains highlights of recent TX-16 grant awardees, upcoming funding opportunities and announcements from federal agencies, webinars hosted by both Congresswoman Escobar and federal grant-making agencies, and resources for small businesses.

Request a Letter of Support

Grant applicants may request that my office provide a letter to federal and state agencies in support of their grant application. These letters are generally known as a Letter of Support (LOS).

Those interested in receiving a LOS from my office must fill out an LOS Request Form and provide my office with a Sample Letter that outlines the proposal's benefit to El Paso. Both the LOS Request Form and Sample Letter must be submitted to at least 1 week before your deadline.

Download the LOS Request Form, here.

Turnaround Time: 3-5 business days

Research Services

Eligible grant organizations in TX-16 can request my office to research available funding opportunities that are in alignment with their mission and work. To formally make a Research Service Request, please email

Turnaround Time: 2-3 weeks

Grants and Federal Domestic Assistance

Guidance and key resources to help eligible grantseekers find information on federal grants, loans, and nonfinancial assistance for projects, as well as on private funding. Prepared by the Congressional Research Service for Members of Congress, updated April 2018.

How Best to Find Information

  1. Find out Who is Eligible for a Grant? Other government websites may be more suitable for personal needs, student loans, small business assistance , or other business opportunities such as government contracting. The website Government Benefits, Grants, and Loans may also be of help.
  2. If eligible, search for program information at Assistance Listings. Includes grants, loans, business and nonfinancial help.
  3. Contact federal office given in each Assistance Listing program description.
  4. Go to federal websites given in each Assistance Listing program description.
  5. Check current federal grants opportunities at, obtain a Dun and Bradstreet (DUNS) number, register with System for Award Management (SAM), and apply online (links and instructions given at the website). Additional notices appear at
  6. Search foundations for project funding: use the Foundation Center Web site or Foundation Center Funding Information Network resources in libraries to identify national, state, and community foundations.
  7. Learn how to write grant proposals: Take the free online Foundation Center Proposal Writing Short Course or see other tips and sample proposals at Grantspace's How Do I Write a Grant Proposal?

Key Federal Funding Sources

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