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What is an assistance listing?

03/31/2022

An assistance listing is a series of numbers used to identify every federal financial assistance program. We use the term “assistance listings” on our All Pandemic Awards dashboard

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How to find an assistance listing

Currently, you will find 426 assistance listings related to pandemic spending. If legislation creates a new pandemic program, an assistance listing will be created and assigned to the program. 

To understand these numbers, let’s break them down. Assistance listings consist of five-digits:  the first two indicate the federal agency administering the program, and the last three identify the program itself.  Every agency has a unique two-digit code, and every program it administers will start with the same two numbers. 

Assistance listing examples: 

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Two examples of assistance listings

Federal agencies use assistance listings in their internal financial systems and when reporting spending to the public. You can find a list of all the assistance Listings at SAM.gov.  

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