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Grants.gov, originally called the E-Grants Initiative, was a mandate of the President’s Management Agenda, which stated,

“Agencies will allow applicants for Federal Grants to apply for and ultimately manage grant funds online through a common web site, simplifying grants management and eliminating redundancies.”

(The President’s FY 2002 Management Agenda)

Standardizing Federal grant management activities is a priority for the Administration and Congress, as evidenced by Public Law 106-107, the legislation that mandates streamlining and improved accountability for Federal grants, and related references in the President’s Management Agenda.

The first stage of Grants.gov was a successful pilot that enabled participating grantors to post and grant seekers to search for grant opportunities. As of November 7, 2003, all Federal agencies are required to post all competitive grant opportunities to the site.

The second stage of Grants.gov was a pilot of the "Apply for Grants" feature, which included participants from 20 of the 26 Federal granting agencies, and over 100 grant applicants. Input gathered during the pilot guided further refinement of the "Apply for Grants" feature, which was implemented as planned on October 31, 2003. The "Apply for Grants" feature includes a simple, unified application to enable applicants to apply for grants online.

To learn more about how Grants.gov evolved, access the Archives 2003 or 2002 links.