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.
- Obtaining a DUNS number (PDF-15.2KB) – All federal agencies require all applicants to provide a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number when applying for Federal grants or cooperative agreements.
- "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
- SAMHSA Grants-Writing Training and Technical Assistance Trainings for Grassroots Faith and Community Based Groups
- 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