Are you looking for federal grant money to assist you for a new or small business, transportation enhancement projects, infrastructure needs, environmental rehabilitation, crime control projects, educational research projects, and a variety of other projects that impact the nation and local communities? If so, there is federal government grant money available for these types of projects. The first challenge to successfully securing federal grant money for your project is finding the correct grantor.
Several organizations were established to assist you with your search for federal government grant money. If you are looking for federal grant money to assist with a startup business or small existing business, the best website to gain helpful information or assistance is www.sba.gov. The SBA (Small Business Administration) is focused on providing information on financing, planning, and a variety of other services just for small or emerging businesses. The SBA does not provide federal grant money directly to individuals or companies, but they can help you find federal grant opportunities and prepare items that you will need before submitting a successful request for federal government grant money.
The primary website to visit for information on federal government grant money is grants.gov. All federal organizations streamline their grant applications through this system. The system requires that all organizations register before submitting a federal government grant money request. It is critically important to register with the system several weeks in advance of the grant’s deadline! Some of the information you must enter into grants.gov is identification information from other agencies. Your organization must be pre-registered with Dunn and Brad Street and with CCR (Central Contractor Registration). After you have received your identification number from Dunn and Brad Street and completed the CCR, you can complete the grants.gov registration and be on your way to applying for federal grant money. Be careful to allow for enough time to complete everything required and have the system verify the information.
It may be necessary to contact the granting agency directly with questions concerning the federal grant money application. Make sure to download the instructions and application packet to your computer for review several weeks or months in advance of the grant application deadline. Many organizations submitting a federal government grant money request do not even make it through the threshold requirements because of required information that is not submitted along with the application. If you qualify for the federal grant money, complete the application carefully, submit all required information and documentation, write the grant narratives clearly and competitively; you are well on your way to reaping the benefits of applying for federal government grant money!