The U.S. Census Bureau

Federal, State, and Local Governments
Federal Assistance Award Data System

After the close of each quarter of the Federal fiscal year, the Federal Assistance Award Data System (FAADS) produces a file of standardized data records on all types of financial assistance awards made by Federal agencies to all types of recipients during the indicated quarter. Each Federal fiscal year begins on October 1 of one calendar year and ends on September 30 of the year indicated.

Each transaction record identifies, by the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) program code number and name, the type and amount of financial assistance, the type and location of the recipient and the geographic place of performance. The recipient name and other selected data fields are blank in county-area summary records.

The recipient location and place of performance are identified by name and by the geographic code for the state/territory, county area and/or place. The Federal agency that made each award is identified by code and by name. Programs not listed in the Catalog are identified by a similarly constructed pseudocode. Each record also contains information on the date of the transaction, as well as the scheduled start date and end date of the project or the award.

For more detailed information on the contents of the FAADS data record and files, please consult the appropriate FAADS User Guide listed below.

USER NOTE (10-16-2008): Data have been revised for several prior quarters. The periods affected are FY 2007 quarters 1-4. The data revisions relate only to the various Department of Defense Grant Programs.

 Available Data types and number of files vary somewhat depending upon reference year 
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Description of Available Files
* Summary Tables viewable summary tables for the US and individual states
* Flat Data File detail item code data for each state, territory, and the District of Columbia (fixed length, no delimiter)

 Reference Information
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* FAADS User Guide information related to file layouts and definitions. PDF

 Related Links
* Consolidated Federal Funds Report provides data on Federal Government expenditures or obligations

 Contact Information
* Contact us by email
* NOTICE: Please do not write, telephone, or email this office to request a grant, loan, or other financial assistance, for any purpose, whatsoever.
This office only gathers, processes and disseminates statistical information and is not involved, in any way, with applying for, approving, or awarding grants or loans of any kind.
Contact the appropriate Federal agency or agencies that administer the program(s) that are of interest to you. You can obtain information about them by visiting the website of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, the address of which is

For listings of government websites and a link to "Applying for Government Grants," please see the website at

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Governments Division
Created: December 11 2003
Last revised: October 16 2008