5 Tips to Help Grants.gov Users Avoid Scams

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

Grants.gov does not charge an access fee. Anyone can search for and apply to funding opportunities from the federal government for free.
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.
Grants.gov does not collect banking information.
Grants.gov does not make unsolicited phone calls or send unsolicited emails.
Grants.gov representatives do not collect application data or sensitive information over the phone or by email. 

What Is the Difference Between Grants.gov and Benefits.gov?

It’s important to make a general distinction between individuals (i.e., one person) seeking government assistance and organizations (e.g., a university, state government, or nonprofit) applying for a federal grant.

3 Facts to Help You Avoid Grant Scams

When you receive an unprompted call or email that promises money in exchange for a fee or your personal information, do not give the scammer your money or information. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently published a helpful resource, and we wanted to share three facts that will help you avoid becoming a grant … Continue reading 3 Facts to Help You Avoid Grant Scams

Is This a Grant Scam?

“You are eligible for FREE grants! Just fill out this quick application: First & Last Name, Home Address, Birthdate, Social Security Number (SSN), and Bank Account & Routing Numbers to receive the grant” — that is a grant scam. You answer a phone call: “Hi, this is Greg McCaffrey from the Federal Bureau of Grant … Continue reading Is This a Grant Scam?

Misconceptions about Government Grants | #GrantChat Highlights Part 2

What do you think of when you hear “government grants”? One thing we have learned as a program is this—a person or organization’s specific desires and goals shape how they re-define “government grants” so that they should receive funding. This re-defining of grants to suit ones needs has led to many misconceptions about what federal … Continue reading Misconceptions about Government Grants | #GrantChat Highlights Part 2

5 Ways to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Grant Fraud or Scams

While you search for grants or other financial assistance from the government, there are scam artists using sophisticated tricks to steal your money and personal information over the phone, through email, or physical mail. We have recently seen an increase in calls to our help desk from victims of fraud and scams. Here are five … Continue reading 5 Ways to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Grant Fraud or Scams