How to Apply For Federal Grants
Tips and resources on how to successfully apply for federal grants.
Tips on Applying
- Always contact the official listed in the request for application or program announcement with questions about a specific grant.
- Grants.gov Applicant Resources – There are several tools and documents available.
- Obtain a DUNS number – Those interested in receiving federal grants need to have a DUNS number. The Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number is a nine-digit identification number that uniquely identifies business entities. Obtaining a DUNS number is easy and free. To obtain a DUNS number, access the following website: http://www.dnb.com/get-a-duns-number.html or call 1-866-705-5711.
- "Developing Competitive SAMHSA Grant Applications" Participant Manual (browse or download as PDF) – This manual was developed to provide organizations with skills and resources needed to plan and write a competitive SAMHSA grant application. Although written with SAMHSA programs in mind, information in this manual is helpful for individuals applying for any federal grant.
- “Tips for Novice Grant Seekers” – Information compiled by the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Education
- The Foundation Center offers a large selection of training for organizations seeking assistance with all steps of the grant seeking process.
- Grants.gov – Search and apply for all current grants within the federal government.
General Technical Assistance
- Capacity Building Toolkits for Faith-Based and Community Organizations – Provides an extensive list of information, tools, and resources centered around capacity building including Best Practices, Grant Acquisition, and Outcomes Measurement.
- Grants.gov Self-service Web Portal
Content last reviewed on August 11, 2015