US State Government Funding – Grants & Vendor Opportunities

State Nuances

State government is one of the most important sources of funding for non-profits of all kinds. There are two ways to view state funding opportunities. First, states issue RFAs soliciting grant applications in a fashion similar to what the federal government does. In fact, a non-profit is more likely to receive direct funding from a state agency than the federal government Much of the money that flows to state governments is directly from the federal government for the purpose of distributing the money to local entities. This means that all the intricate financial accounting required when obtaining direct federal government money remains the same in accepting state money. State government agencies are audited by the federal government and likewise state auditors re­view the financial records of local non-profits receiving funding from them.

The best first step is to search for grant opportunities from state government agencies that most likely have a purpose which aligns with the non-profit’s mission. However, state web sites are often quite confusing and it can be difficult to find a listing of state agencies. Also grant opportunities are sometimes listed as part of a state’s procurement programs so it takes some time to maneu­ver through the site to find useful grant information.

Become a Government Vendor

Second, state governments offer extensive contracting and bidding opportunities that are available to non-profits beyond what is offered through the state grants system. This is a neglected source of potential revenue. Non-profit organizations should actively seek to learn more about the contract and bidding opportunities in the states where they operate. Non-profits think of government contracting opportunities as paving roads and repairing bridges but bids are ‘let’ for services such as conducting surveys, providing after school tutoring, mentoring, etc. As more state and local governments decide to privatize traditional government services, new opportunities have arisen for non-profits to compete for contracts. In addition, governmental and quasi government agencies such as historical commissions, housing authorities, water boards also offer grant and vendor opportunities.

Listing by State of official state web sites, state agency information links and vendor opportunity links-

Listing by State of official state web sites, state agency information links and vendor opportunity links

Alabama

www.alabama.gov (Alabama Agency and Organization Listing)

Division of Procurement, Department of Finance

http://purchasing.alabama.gov

Vendor Registration

http://purchasing.alabama.gov/pages/vendors.aspx

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

www.dot.state.al.us/bureau/hr/dbe/default.asp

Alaska

www.alaska.gov (My Government)

Department of Administration, General Services

www.doa.alaska.gov/dgs/

DBE Program

www.dot.state.ak.us/cvlrts/directory.shtml

Arizona

Az.gov (State agencies Directory – az.gov/app/contactaz)

Department of Administration

www.azdoa.gov/agencies/spo/business resoruces.asp

ProcureAZ eProcurement System

https://procure.az.gov/bso/

DBE Program

www.azdot.gov/azdbe/index.asp

Arkansas

www.arkansas.gov (State Directory)

Department of Finance and Administration

www.dfa.arkansas.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Vendor Services

www.ark.org/vendor/index.html

DBE Program

www.arkansas.gov/adfa/programs/dbep.html

California

www.ca.gov(ca.gov/casearch/agencies.aspx)

Procurement Division

www.pd.dgs.ca.gov/default.htm

Contracts Register

www.eprocure.dgs.ca.gov/default.htm

Small Business & DVBE services – small business/disabled vets (state program)

www.pd.dgs.ca.gov/smbus/default.htm

DBE Program

www.dot.ca.gov/hq/bep/

Colorado

www.colorado.gov (State Agencies)

Department of Personnel & Administration

www.colorado.gov/dpa/dfp/spo/index.htmPopendocument

Vendor Registration

www.gssa.state.co.us/VenRegister

DBE Program

www.dot.state.co.us/EEO/DBEProgramPage.htm

Connecticut

www.ct.gov (State Agencies – ct.gov/ctportal/cwp/view.asp?)

Department of Administrative Services

www.das.state.ct.us/Purchase/New PurchHome/Busopp.asp

Contracting Portal to search for Bid/RFP solicitations, contract

www.das.state.ct.us/Purchase/portal/portal home.asp

Minority & Small Business Set-Aside Program (state program)

www.state.ct.us/das/Purchase/SetAside/SAProgin.htm

Delaware

www.delaware.gov (List of Agencies – delaware.gov/topics/agencylist)

Government Support Services

http://gss.omb.delaware.gov/contracting/index.shtml

Office of Minority & Women Business Enterprise (state program)

http://omwbe.delaware.gov/certify.shtml

DBE Program

http://deldot.gov/information/business/dbe/index.shtml

Florida

Florida

www.myflorida.com (Find an Agency)

Florida Purchasing Division

http://dms.myflorida.com/business operations/state purchasing

Florida Office of Supplier Diversity (state program)

http://dms.myflorida.com/other programs/office of supplier diveristy osd/

DBE Program

www.dot.state.fl.us/equalopportunityoffice/

Georgia

Georgia.gov (Agencies)

Department of Administrative Services

http://doas.ga.gov/StateLocal/SPD/Pages/Home.aspx

Vendor Registration

http://doas.georgia.gov/Suppliers/Pages/Home.aspx

Minority Business Enterprise Certification (state program) http://doas.georgia.gov/Suppliers/Pages/SupplierMBE.aspx

DBE Program

www.dot.state.ga.us/doingbusiness/dbePrograms/Pages/default.aspx

Hawaii

www.hawaii.gov (Agencies)

State Procurement Office

www.spo.hawaii.gov/

Hawaii State & County Procurement Notices

http://www4.hawaii.gov/bidapps/

DBE Program

http://hawaii.gov/dot/administration/ocr/dbe

Idaho

wwwidaho.gov (Agency & Topic Index idaho.gov/agency/agency_a.html)

Department of Administration

http://adm.idaho.gov/purchasing/

Vendor Registration

http://www.sicomm.net/

DBE Program

www.itd.idaho.gov/civiI/overview.htm

Illinois

wwwillinois.gov (State Agencies – www2.illinois.gov/pages/agencies)

Sell 2 Illinois – Business Registration

http://seIl2.iIIinois.gov/

Small Business Set-Aside Program (state program)

http://sell2.ilIinois.gov/SBSP/Small Businesses.htm

DBE Program

www.dot.il.gov/sbe/dbedir.html

Indiana

www.in.gov (Find an Agency)

Department of Administration

www.in.gov/idoa/2354.htm

Minority & Women’s Business Enterprise (state program)

www.in.gov/idoa/2352.htm

Iowa

www.iowa.gov (Agencies – Skip to Content – Department Listing)

Iowa Business and Regulatory Assistance Network

http://regassist.iowa.gov/home.html

Vendor Registration

http://das.gse.iowa.gov/procurement/vendor reg.html

Targeted Small Business (SB) Certification Program (state program)

https://dia.iowa.gov/tsb

DBE Program

www.iowadot.gov/contracts/contracts eeoaa.htm

Kansas

Department of Administration

www.da.ks.gov/purch/

Vendor Registration

www.da.ks.gov/purch/VendorRegistration.htm

DBE Program

www.ksdot.org/divadmin/civilrights/

Kentucky

Kentucky eProcurement

https://eprocurement.ky.gov/

Vendor Registration

https://emars.ky.gov/online/vss/Advantage

DBE Program

http://transportation.kv.gov/Contract/DBE/

Louisiana

Procurement & Vendor Information

www.louisiana.gov/Business/Do Business With the State/

Vendor Registration

http://wwwprd.doa.louisiana.gov/osp/lapac/vendor/Vndrmess.asp

DBE Program

http://www8.dotd.louisiana.gov/UCP/Home.aspx

Maine

Procurement & Vendor Information

www.maine.gov/portaI/business/vendors.html

DBE Program

www.maine.gov/mdot/disadvantaged-business-enterprise/dbe-home.php

Maryland

eMaryland Marketplace

https://ebidmarketplace.com/default.asp

Vendor Registration

https://ebidmarketplace.com/venlogon.asp

Small Business Reserve Program (state program)

www.smallbusinessreserve.maryland.gov

DBE Program

www.mdot.maryland.gov/MBE-Program/Index.html

Massachusetts

Procurement & Access Information System

http://www.comm-pass.com/

State Office Minority & Women Business Assistance (state program)

www.somwba.state.ma.us

Michigan

Buy Michigan First

www.michigan.gov/buymichiganfirst/

Minnesota

Minnesota Materials Management Division

www.mmd.admin.state.mn.us/mn02000.htm

Vendor Registration

www.mmd.admin.state.mn.us/webven/

Targeted Group/Economically Disadvantaged (TG/ED) Small Business Program (state program)

www.mmd.admin.state.mn.us/mn02001.htm

DBE Program

www.dot.state.mn.us/civilrights/dbe.html

Mississippi

Mississippi Electronic Portal Government Contracts

www.mscpc.com

DBE Program

www.gomdot.com/Divisions/CivilRights/Resources/Programs/DBE/Home.aspx

Missouri

Office of Administration Division of Purchasing & Material Management

http://oa.mo.gov/purch/

Office of Supplier & Workforce Diversity (state program)

http://oa.mo.gov/oswd/

Montana

General Services Division Procurement & Vendor Information

http://gsd.mt.gov/business/default.mcpx

DBE Program

www.mdt.mt.gov/business/contracting/civil/dbe.shtml

Nebraska

Administrative Services- Materiel/Purchasing Division

www.das.state.ne.us/materiel/purchasing/

DBE Program

www.dor.state.ne.us/letting/dbeinfo.htm

Nevada

Department of Administration – Purchasing Division

http://purchasing.state.nv.us/

DBE Program

www.nevadadbe.com

New Hampshire

Department of Administrative Services – Vendor Resource Center

www.admin.state.nh.us/purchasing/vendorresources.asp

New Jersey

Department of the Treasury – Division of Purchase & Property

www.nj.gov/treasury/purchase/doingbusiness.shtml

Vendor Registration

www.state.nj.us/treasury/purchase/erfpnotifications.shtml

Minority & Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) Certification (state program)

www.nj.gov/njbusiness/contracting/minority/certification.shtml

DBE Program

www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/civilrights/dbe.shtm

New Mexico

General Services Administration – Purchasing Division

www.generalservices.state.nm.us/spd/spd.html

DBE Program

www.nmshtd.state.nm.us/main.asp?secid=11175

New York

New York

Office of General Services – Procurement Services

www.ogs.state.ny.us/purchase/default.asp

Minority & Women Owned Business Enterprise Program (state program)

www.nvlovesmwbe.nv.gov/Certification/Overview/Overview.htm

North Carolina

eProcurement Services

http://eprocurement.nc.gov/

Vendor Registration

www.ips.state.nc.us/ips/vendor/vndpubmain.asp

DBE Program

https://apps.dot.state.nc.us/vendor/directory/

North Dakota

Procurement Office

www.nd.gov/spo

Vendor Registration

www.nd.gov/spo/vendor/registry/

DBE Program

www.dot.nd.gov/divisions/civiIrights/dbeprogram.htm

Ohio

State Procurement

http://procure.ohio.gov/proc/index.asp

Minority & Small Business Certification (state program)

www.development.ohio.gov/dmba/minoritysmallbusinesscert.htm

DBE Program

www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisons/EqualOpportunity/Pages/DBE.aspx

Oklahoma

Department of Central services

http://ok.gov/DCS/Central Purchasing/index.html

Vendor Registration

www.ok.gov/DCS/Central Purchasing/Vendor Registration/index.html

DBE Program

www.okladot.state.ok.us/regserv/dbeinfo/index.htm

Oregon

Department of Administrative Services – Procurement Office

www.oregon.gov/DAS/SSD/SPO/index.shtml

Minority, Women & Emerging Small Business Programs (state program)

www.oregon.gov/OBDD/OMWESB/index.shtml

DBE Program

www.oregon.gov/ODOT/CS/CIVILRIGHTS/sbe/dbe/dbe program.shtml

Pennsylvania

Department of General Services

www.dgs.state.pa.us

Rhode Island

Procurement & Vendor Information

www.ri.gov/business/index.php?subcategory=21&linkgroup=91

Small Business Enterprise Services (state program)

www.mbe.ri.gov

South Carolina

Procurement & Vendor Information

http://sc.gov/Portal/Category/DOINGBUSINESS

Small & Minority Business Enterprise Program (state program)

www.govoepp.state.sc.us/osmba/apps.html

DBE Program

www.dot.state.sc.us/doing/dbe quarterly.shtml

South Dakota

Office of Procurement Management – Procurement & Vendor Information

www.sd.us/boa/opm/vendor info.htm

DBE Program

www.sddot.com/operations/dbe.asp

Tennessee

Department of General Services Purchasing Division

www.tennessee.gov/generalserv/purchasing/dobusi.html

Diversity Business Enterprise Program (state program)

www.tn.gov/businessopp/index.html

DBE Program

www.tdot.state.tn.us/civil-rights/smallbusiness/

Texas

State Purchasing & Vendor Information

www.window.state.tx.us/procurement/

Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program

www.window.state.tx.us/procurement/prog/hub/

DBE Program

www.dot.state.tx.us/business/business outreach/dbe.htm

Utah

Department of Administrative Services – Purchasing &Vendor Information

http://purchasing.utah.gov/vendor/index.html

Vermont

Business & Vendor Information

http://vermont.gov/portaI/business/index.php?id=92

DBE Program

www.aot.state.vt.us/CivilRights/Dbe.htm

Virginia

Total e-Procurement Solution

www.eva.state.va.us/vendors/index.htm

Department of Minority Business (DMBE) Program (state program)

www.dmbe.virginia.gov

Washington State

Access – Business & Vendor information

http://acccess.wa.gov/business/dobus.aspx

Vendor Registration

http://access.wa.gov/business/state start.aspx

State Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprise (state program)

www.omwbe.wa.gov

West Virginia

Purchasing Division

www.state.wv.us/admin/purchase/

DBE Program

www.state.wv.us/redirect/wvdot/wvdot.htm

Wisconsin

Bureau of Procurement

http://vendomet.state.wi.us/vendomet/default.asp

Certification Central (WISCert Central) for small, disadvantaged, minority, women and veteran (SDMWV) program)

http://commerce.wi.gov/BD/BD-Wiscert.html

DBE Program

www.dot.wisconsin.gov/business/engrserv/dbe-main.htm

Wyoming

Administration & Information – General Services Division

businesses (state

http://ai-state.wv.us/GeneralServices/Procurement/index.asp