First-time applicants can understandably feel daunted by the task of applying for a federal funding opportunity on Grants.gov. Here, we explain, at a high level, the key steps in the application process, providing a roadmap that will help applicants feel more confident about the journey ahead.Continue reading How to Apply for a Federal Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov
Determining your eligibility for federal grants is an important first step in the federal grant application process.
Funding opportunity eligibility requirements are defined by legislation and federal agency policies. To receive a grant, you must meet an opportunity’s eligibility requirements.
Here are some tips for finding federal funding opportunities for which you may be eligible:Continue reading How to Determine Eligibility for Federal Funding Opportunities
The General Services Administration recently extended the deadline for completing the government transition from the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number to the New Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) to April 2022.
“By April of 2022, the federal government will stop using the DUNS number to uniquely identify entities registered in the System for Award Management (SAM),” reads the GSA Unique Entity Identifier Update page. “At that point, entities doing business with the federal government will use a unique entity identifier (UEI) created in SAM.gov.”
In the meantime, Grants.gov will continue preparing the system to accept the new applicant UEIs when they become available.
To stay up to date on the latest UEI news from GSA and to determine how you can prepare, please visit gsa.gov/entityid.
Editor’s Note: This blog post was first published in 2017 and updated on August 18, 2020.
A Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is the document all federal agencies use to announce the availability of grant funds to the public.
Today, we are inviting users to test drive the new tool to help determine its effectiveness.
The chatbot will be made available as a Beta feature on Grants.gov, after revisions based on user feedback.
Grants.gov will continue evaluation of the feature among the larger applicant community.
We greatly appreciate your participation and feedback. Please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues.
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:
Developing a proofreading strategy can greatly improve the quality of your federal grant application. Here are some tips from grant-making offices across the government that you can use for developing this strategy.
1. Enlist content proofreaders early in the process.
“Request that your colleagues or mentors review a first draft of your specific aims early in the process,” advises NIH.
Consider asking your early proofreaders to focus on macro issues, such as the organization of narrative sections or the logical flow within your application narrative. Even if your proposal is not completely ready, you can still have your designated proofreaders review some sections of the proposal. An Office of Justice Programs resource concurs, stating that early proofreading will allow for “sufficient time to deal with missing information,” as well as other common issues.
Editor’s Note: This blog post was first published in 2016 and updated on May 18, 2020.
There are a variety of federal financial assistance opportunities specifically for American Indians and Alaska Natives. This article, which is part of the Exploring Eligibility blog series, will explain where Grants.gov fits into your search process.
If you are a member of a Native American tribal entity searching for federal grants or benefits, you probably fall into one of these situations in which you are looking for:
- Federal grants or benefits on behalf of a federally-recognized Native American tribal government.
- Federal grants or benefits on behalf of a Native American tribal organization that is not a federally-recognized government, or
- Personal assistance or benefits.
This blog post was first published in 2017 and updated on April 1, 2020.
Grants.gov regularly receives a significant amount of queries from users hoping to apply for personal financial assistance from the federal government. These individuals might be looking for home repair grants or forms of disability assistance.
Others are unfortunately driven to Grants.gov by scam artists posing as agents of Grants.gov (or some made-up variant) who promise “free government grants” in exchange for monthly fees or gift cards.
Note: This blog post was originally published in 2017 and updated on March 18, 2020.
To understand the definitions of “subaward” and “subrecipient”, it helps to think in terms of a grant that has just been won. (If you are not sure what an “award” is, start with the What Is an Award? post, then come back.)
Rather than the grantor (i.e., the grant-making agency) entrusting just one entity with carrying out a federal program, sometimes multiple awardees will shoulder the responsibilities.
In such cases, one entity – the one who submitted the grant application – will serve as a pass-through to the partnering entities, which are called subrecipients.