Federal Award Identification Number (FAIN)

What is FAIN? (Federal Award Identification Number)

A memo dated June 12, 2013 states that each federal agency must assign a Federal Award Identification Number (FAIN), unique within the federal agency, to each financial assistance award.

To locate a FAIN number:

  1. Go to the USA Spending Website & then go to Award Search
  2. Select Award Type – for best results select all options
  3. Select Fiscal Year(s)
  4. Narrow Down Results (optional). We have had success by using the following options:
    • Select Department of Housing and Urban Development as the Awarding Agency
    • Enter Recipient Name
    • For Housing Authorities, in the award ID field, enter the Housing Authority Code (i.e. “NY009”)
  5. Click on Submit

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