Submitting an Application to Grants.gov Apply
Getting started to apply on Grants.gov is a one-time registration process, allowing applicants instant access to all Federal grants. What this means is that once an applicant is registered with one agency they can apply for any agency opportunity that is available on Apply. Plus, everything that an applicant needs to apply is available in one place along with instructions. The application forms have built-in error checks as well as automatic activation of the "submit" button when an application is complete and ready for submission.
Other features include the ability to link grant application packages directly from opportunity announcements. Applications can also be downloaded and completed offline, allowing the flexibility to work when and where the applicant wants, without having to connect to the Internet. Plus, the application package can be shared and routed throughout the organization for review or completion as an email attachment or shared file. After the application package has been downloaded, it is ready to complete offline. For assistance, Grants.gov offers an online, downloadable training demonstration of the process, guiding the applicants as they go.
Each package has Helpful Links, as well as detailed instructions at the bottom of every page. Also included are the forms needed in order to submit an application package. These packages are created by Federal agencies through standardized forms made available through Grants.gov's Forms Factory, which now has over 60 forms that agencies can share and reuse. There are a number of checkpoints to assist applicants in completing and submitting an application package.
For instance, an application summary is provided as a confirmation that the completed application package has been submitted to the intended program. In addition, applicants receive an application tracking number online and via email after submission. But before a user can apply, it is necessary to complete a one-time registration process that begins with registering their organization with the Central Contractor Registry. Next, the user must be authenticated through a Grants.gov Credential Provider and then be approved by their organization as an authorized organization representative. Now the user can log in to Grants.gov as a registered member.
Registration at first may seem complicated but the good news is that users only need to register once, and then they can apply to any agency throughout the Federal government. Grants.gov takes security and privacy very seriously and wants to be sure to provide a secure environment to protect applicants and their organizations.
Some good links:
- http://grants.gov/GetStarted - Info on getting started for an applicant.
- http://grants.gov/Apply - The Apply process
- http://grants.gov/ForApplicants - Info for new applicants to Grants.gov
- http://grants.gov/CustomerSupport - Customer Support
Text from the Get Started link on Grants.gov
Get Started Step 1 - Find Grant Opportunity
for Which You Would Like to Apply
Start your search for Federal government-wide grant opportunities and register to receive automatic email notifications of new grant opportunities as they are posted to the site by accessing the Find Grant Opportunities tab at the top of the page.
Get Started Step
2 - Download an Application Package
Once you have located a grant opportunity for which you wish to apply, check to see if it is available to apply online through Grants.gov. You will need to enter the Funding Opportunity and/or CFDA number to access the application package and instructions. In order to view application packages and instructions, you will also need to download and install the PureEdge Viewer. This small, free program will allow you to access, complete, and submit applications electronically and securely.
Get Started Step 3 - Register
with Central Contractor Registry (CCR)
Your organization will also need to be registered with Central Contractor Registry. You can register with them online. This will take about 30 minutes. You should receive your CCR registration within 3 business days. Important: You must have a DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet before you register with CCR. Many organizations already have a DUNS number . To investigate if your organization already has a DUNS number or to obtain a DUNS number, contact Dun & Bradstreet at 1-866-705-5711. This will take about 10 minutes and is free of charge. Be sure to complete the Marketing Partner ID (MPIN) and Electronic Business Primary Point of Contact fields during the CCR registration process. These are mandatory fields that are required when submitting grant applications through Grants.gov.
Get Started Step 4 - Register
with the Credential Provider
You must register with a Credential Provider to receive a username and password. This will be required to securely submit your grant application. Note: Grants.gov currently supports associating only one DUNS number per credential. A future enhancement is planned to provide the ability to assign multiple DUNS numbers to a credential.
Get Started Step
5 - Register with Grants.gov
The final step in the Get Started process is to register with Grants.gov. This will be required to submit grant applications on behalf of your organization. After you have completed the registration process, you will receive email notification confirming that you are able to submit applications through Grants.gov.
Get Started Step
6 - Log on to Grants.gov
After you have registered with Grants.gov, you can log on to Grants.gov to verify if you have registered successfully, to check application status, and to update information in your applicant profile, such as your name, telephone number, email address, and title. In the future, you will have the ability to determine if you are authorized to submit applications through Grants.gov on behalf of your organization.
Here is a link to the Grants.gov Registration checklist This gives a little more information about the registrations.