Grants.gov is a centralized website for all federal grant opportunities. Grant-seekers can use this website to find and apply for federal funding. Once an organization submits a grant application, Grants.gov also has a tool to track submissions. Your organization will need to register with Grants.gov in order to apply for grants. Grants.gov also contains a number of useful resources to assist grant applicants, some of which are found below. Check out the Initiative’s Guide to Federal Agency Resources to learn about different federal agencies and offices which may be of particular interest to the AAPI communities as well.
Grants.gov provides a good training video that covers the basics of how to register and apply for grants through the website.
Grants.gov Applicant Training Video (link)
- Overview Slideshow: Everything You Wanted to Know About Grants.gov
- Register to Use Grants.gov!
- Grants.gov User Guide
- Information about Grant Eligibility
- List of Agencies that Provide Grants
- Institute of Museum and Library Sciences – Some Useful Tips for Using Grants.gov
The Grant Application Process
Check out our training page for grant training opportunities!
The Initiative has created a list of resources offered by federal agencies to help grant applicants. While many of these are tailored toward those seeking funding from a specific agency, the information that they offer may be helpful to any grant seeker.
Some things to consider before you apply:
- The Initiative’s Guide to Federal Resources
- Health Resources and Service Administration Helps Debunk Common Grant Myths
- Health Resources and Service Administration Dictionary of Grant Terms
- Administration for Children and Families: How to Apply for a Grant
- Office of Minority Health: Customized Funding Searches
Preparing your application:
- Health Resources and Service Administration Tips for Writing and Submitting Good Grant Proposals
- Department of Health and Human Services Tips for Preparing Grant Proposals
- Grantmaking at the U.S. Department of Education: Question-and-Answer Publication
- Environmental Protection Agency Tips on Preparing a Competitive Grant Application
- 10 Tips from the Health Resources and Service Administration for Applying for a Grant
Before you submit:
- Environmental Protection Agency Electronic Application Checklist
- U.S. Department of Agriculture: Common Errors in Electronic Submission
Become a Grant Reviewer!
Grant application peer reviewers are part of the grant application process, and gain an understanding of what agencies look for when choosing which projects to fund. Agencies generally require peer reviewers to have subject-matter expertise related to the grants they are evaluating. The Initiative has put together a partial list of websites describing how to apply to be a peer reviewer at a number of grantmaking agencies. You may have to search the webpage to find the section about grant reviewers. Please note that agencies generally have restrictions on reviewers when there is a potential conflict of interest.
- Administration for Children and Families
- Administration for Children and Families: Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grants
- Bureau of Justice Assistance
- Corporation for National & Community Service
- Family and Youth Services Bureau
- Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
- Institute of Museum and Library Sciences
- National Endowment for the Humanities
- National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture
- National Science Foundation
- Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
- Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) Office
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- U.S. Department of Education: First in the World Grant Competition
- U.S. Department of Education International Programs: Fulbright-Hays Programs