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Getting started with Grants.gov is easy! There are two key features on the site: Find Grant Opportunities and Apply for Grants. Everything else on the site is designed to support these two features and your use of them. While you can begin searching for grant opportunities for which you would like to apply immediately, it is recommended that you complete the remaining Get Started steps sooner rather than later, so that when you find an opportunity for which you would like to apply, you are ready to go. Review any of the steps listed below or access the left navigation bar for more detailed information. Registration Checklists are also available to guide you through the Get Started process.

Get Started Step 1 – Find Grant Opportunity for Which You Would Like to Apply
Start your search for Federal government-wide grant opportunities and register to receive automatic email notifications of new grant opportunities as they are posted to the site by accessing the Find Grant Opportunities tab at the top of the page.

Get Started Step 2 – Download an Application Package
Once you have located a grant opportunity for which you wish to apply, check to see if it is available to apply online through Grants.gov. You will need to enter the Funding Opportunity and/or CFDA number to access the application package and instructions. Access the Grants.gov Programs List to review CFDA numbers for programs with applications currently available on Grants.gov. In order to view application packages and instructions, you will also need to download and install the PureEdge Viewer. This small, free program will allow you to access, complete, and submit applications electronically and securely.

Get Started Step 3 – Register with Central Contractor Registry (CCR)
Your organization will also need to be registered with Central Contractor Registry. You can register with them online. This will take about 30 minutes. You should receive your CCR registration within 3 business days. Important: You must have a DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet before you register with CCR. Many organizations already have a DUNS number . To investigate if your organization already has a DUNS number or to obtain a DUNS number, contact Dun & Bradstreet at 1-866-705-5711. This will take about 10 minutes and is free of charge. Be sure to complete the Marketing Partner ID (MPIN) and Electronic Business Primary Point of Contact fields during the CCR registration process. These are mandatory fields that are required when submitting grant applications through Grants.gov.

Get Started Step 4 – Register with the Credential Provider
You must register with a Credential Provider to receive a username and password. This will be required to securely submit your grant application.

Note: Grants.gov currently supports associating only one DUNS number per credential. A future enhancement is planned to provide the ability to assign multiple DUNS numbers to a credential.

Get Started Step 5 – Register with Grants.gov
The final step in the Get Started process is to register with Grants.gov. This will be required to submit grant applications on behalf of your organization. After you have completed the registration process, you will receive email notification confirming that you are able to submit applications through Grants.gov.

Get Started Step 6 – Log on to Grants.gov
After you have registered with Grants.gov, you can log on to Grants.gov to verify if you have registered successfully, to check application status, and to update information in your applicant profile, such as your name, telephone number, email address, and title. In the future, you will have the ability to determine if you are authorized to submit applications through Grants.gov on behalf of your organization.

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