5 Tips to Help Grants.gov Users Avoid Scams

Grants.gov is committed to protecting our users’ information and serving people and organizations who apply for federal grant funding through our site.

Here are five things you need to know about Grants.gov to avoid being the victim of a scam:

  1. Grants.gov does not charge an access fee. Anyone can search for and apply to funding opportunities from the federal government for free.
  2. Grants.gov does not share user information with non-governmental entities. Information entered into account profiles and federal grant applications are used only by Grants.gov and the federal agencies that review user applications.
  3. Grants.gov does not collect banking information.
  4. Grants.gov does not make unsolicited phone calls or send unsolicited emails.
  5. Grants.gov representatives do not collect application data or sensitive information over the phone or by email. 

If you believe you are the target or victim of a scam, call the Federal Trade Commission Fraud Hotline: 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357), you can also contact the Health and Human Services (HHS) Fraud Hotline at 1-800-447-8477.

For more detailed Grant Fraud information, please visit our Grant Fraud page on Grants.gov.