How to Apply


Individuals and organizations must register with the federal government to submit federal grant applications. It is never too soon to begin the registration process at the GRANTS.GOV web site (

As part of the registration process, applicants will be required to obtain a DUNS number for the organization and set up an account with the Central Contractor Registry. (
There is no cost involved with obtaining a DUNS number OR for setting up an account.
A DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number is a unique nine digit numbering system likened to a Social Security number for an individual.

Most federal agencies will require an organization to submit its grant application via the online application process at GRANTS.GOV ( However, The Department of Justice (, Department of Education (, National Science Foundation (,  National Institutes of Health ( , and the Corporation of National and Community Service ( have separate online application processes that can be accessed on their web sites.

It is important when preparing a federal grant application to read the instructions in the application packet and follow the directions closely. The Request for Proposals (RFP), Request for Applications (RFA), or Notification of Funding Announcement (NOFA) will state the applicant “should” and “must” throughout the instructions, and applicants are required to address these in their narratives. While this may appear obvious, officials at the Administration for Children and Youth say that close to half of all applications are rejected because applicants do not carefully read the instructions. Failure to keep an application within the page limit, for example, is cause for rejection.

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