Skip Navigation
  • Text Size: A A A
  • Print
  • Email
  • Facebook
  • Tweet
  • Share

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.
  • 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: 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.

Finding Grants

  • – Search and apply for all current grants within the federal government.

General Technical Assistance


Documents in PDF format require the Adobe Acrobat Reader®. If you experience problems with PDF documents, download the latest version of the Reader®.