How to Register as an Organization on Grants.gov
In order to apply for a grant from Grants.gov, your organization must complete the (not so easy) Grants.gov registration process. To get your organization registered to submit grant applications on the Grants.gov system, you need to follow these steps.
The registration process can take between three to five business days. It can even take as long as two weeks if all the steps aren’t completed on a timely basis. So register early to avoid delays!
Get a Dun & Bradstreet number (DUNS Number).
You can get this number on the D&B Web site. In fact, you can even use the link to this Web site on Grants.gov. This registration is free and gives you a common tracking number for doing business with the government (federal, state, and local).
Register with the Central Contractor Registry (also known as the CCR).
The CCR is a secondary Web site that collects all your organization’s contact information. The information requested is similar to what you submit in your annual IRS tax return, such as name of organization, address, contact person, and contact person’s information including Social Security number. You’ll also be asked to upload your banking information (the bank’s tracking number and the organization’s bank account number) to facilitate electronic banking between the government and your organization.
Create a username and password with the Grants.gov credential provider.
You’ll receive a user name and password from a third party credential provider contracted by the government. At that point, you’ll be routed back to Grants.gov to complete your registration with the access point information.
Obtain AOR Authorization.
This step sounds terribly difficult, but it isn’t! The E-Business Point of Contact (or E-Biz POC) at your organization must respond to the registration e-mail from Grants.gov and login at Grants.gov to authorize you as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR). Your E-Biz POC is the Executive Director or person who manages finances at your organization. Only the AOR can log on and conduct business or grant-related transactions with the federal government.