Discretionary Grant Awards By Financial Assistance Type
FY 2008 Discretionary Dollars: $40,891,356,771
FY 2008 Discretionary Awards: 70,891
FY 2008 Discretionary Recipients: 11,435
Discretionary grant awards comprise only 16% of the total FY 2008 grant funds, but they account for 94% of the total number of grant awards made in FY 2008.
HHS awards discretionary grants to a variety of types of organizations, including state, local, and tribal governments; academic institutions; hospitals; nonprofit organizations (including faith-based and community-based organizations) for-profit organizations, and foreign and international organizations.
The types of activities commonly supported by discretionary grants include demonstration, research, training, service, and construction projects or programs. Discretionary grants are sometimes referred to as “project grants.”
In this report, grants awarded as cooperative agreements are included in the charts summarizing discretionary grant awards. A cooperative agreement is a financial assistance award instrument whereby “substantial involvement” is anticipated between the HHS awarding agency and the recipient during performance of the project or activity. This means the recipient can expect the federal government to collaborate or participate in managing the grant project. Cooperative agreements account for 19.5% of the total FY 2008 discretionary grant funds, and 9% of the total number of FY 2008 discretionary grant totals.
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