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