Congressionally Directed Assistance


To implement Congressionally directed assistance for the purposes identified in the Department of Defense (DoD) annual appropriations act. The resulting assistance instruments support a variety of Congressional priorities. DoD awards the appropriate assistance instruments for the Congressionally identified purposes consistent with its authority, including applicable requirements for merit-based or competitive processes.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of The Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2021 Support of the WWII 75th Celebration, Environmental Restoration Program, and Small SAT Innovation IHUB.
Fiscal Year 2023 Funding environmental restoration and science innovation hubs.
Department of Defense Appropriations Act (annual)
Services to the United States Government U.S.C. 36 USC 150303
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Types of organizations that may apply vary with the statutory requirements and appropriate sources of supporting information. Examples of organizations that have received assistance include nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, memorial organizations, local governments and cultural organizations. Merit-based or competitive processes are followed when applicable.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiary Eligibility (082): Eligible beneficiaries are determined in accordance with the applicable statutory authorization.
Costs will be determined in accordance applicable regulations, applicable cost principles and appropriate OMB guidance (such as OMB Circular A-21 for educational institutions). Applicants may be required to demonstrate that they have the appropriate background, training, experience, and/or equipment to carry out the purposes of the Congressionally designated assistance. Depending on the circumstances, other requirements may be imposed consistent with DoD's authority at the discretion of the responsible DoD Grants Officer to ensure Congressional intent is carried out.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. The responsible DoD Grants Officer generally will engage in appropriate pre-application assistance on a case-by-case basis, depending on the needs of the applicant and nature of the subject assistance. Generally the purposes of the directed grants are not of the nature to require environmental impact information. However, in the event that a grant is directed to a purpose that is environmentally sensitive an EIS could be required.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants generally will be directed to use ("") to obtain the necessary electronic forms for applying for the subject assistance. At the appropriate time, the responsible DoD Grants Officer will notify the successful applicant in writing of DoD's intent to make an award pursuant to statutory authority.
Award Procedure
Although assistance awards for Congressionally identified purposes typically are not implemented in the context of existing DoD programs, award procedures may be subject to statutory requirements governing competition for such awards, as implemented in DoD regulations. DoD will administratively evaluate the adequacy of the applicant's plan to fulfill the Congressionally specified purpose. If the plan is adequate, and relevant audit(s) do not disclose any issues, DoD will proceed with award.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approval time varies and depends in part on how quickly DoD obtains the required information and forms. Awards may be made at any time throughout the year(s) for which funding is lawfully available.
None, unless authorized by Congress in the relevant or subsequent appropriations acts.
How are proposals selected?
These are congressionally directed grants and any selection criteria will be indicated in the announcements.
How may assistance be used?
Uses and use restrictions may vary in accordance with the nature of the assistance identified in DoD's annual appropriations act. DoD takes appropriate account of other appropriate sources of supporting information consistent with its authority, such as related conference report(s), committee print(s), and explanatory statement(s).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: A Program Officer reviews each progress report to track progress toward project descriptions and goals established during the application process. For construction grants, site visits may be necessary to review progress toward established goals.
Assistance awards are subject to inspections and audits by any authorized representative of the Federal government. DoD generally will require a copy of the designated recipient's most recent audit. However, the responsible DoD Grants Officer may require other audits, consistent with applicable regulations and OMB guidance. Further, the Grants Officer may request assistance in reviewing such audits from any appropriate agency of the Federal government.
Recipients must keep thorough financial records, including (but not limited to) all documents supporting entries in accounting records. Financial records must be thorough enough for the responsible DoD Grants Officer or any other authorized representative of the Federal government to determine whether or not the assistance funds were expended consistent with the purpose of the subject assistance. Recipients must maintain all such records in accordance with the requirements in applicable OMB guidance, as implemented in the DoD Grant and Agreement Regulations.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The terms of the assistance shall be determined at time of award. The length and time-phasing of the assistance will be stated in the assistance instrument and appropriately limited by the lawful availability of funds. Mutually agreeable schedule for release of funds.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Chelsea Whitten
OSD does not directly execute programs within this listing. For information about open competitions or future opportunities involving OSD funding, prospective proposers should consult the program announcements, BAAs, or other notices of funding opportunities issued by the agents that execute the program.
Arlington, VA 22350 US
Phone: 5713726413
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$10,997,453.00; FY 23 est $10,997,453.00; FY 24 est $54,187,014.00; FY 21$22,178,424.00; FY 20$121,077,835.00; FY 17 FY 18 FY 19 est $44,000,000.00; FY 13$82,615,407.00; FY 14 est $46,797,902.00; FY 15 est $50,000,000.00; - The annual Defense Appropriations Act reveals the amount for these directed awards.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Dependent on the language and direction found in the annual Defense Appropriations Act.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
DOD Grants and Agreements Regulations and applicable OMB Circulars.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2021 Support of the WWII 75th Celebration, Environmental Restoration Program, and Small SAT Innovation IHUB.
Fiscal Year 2023 Congressional priorities include environmental restoration and science innovation hubs in various states.


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