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How to Submit Your Grant Application Electronically on Grants.gov

9 of 9 in Series: The Essentials of Finding and Applying for a Grant

E-grants are the only way to submit your funding request to many corporations and foundations, as well as to most government agencies, especially the federal government. Grants.gov is the gateway for federal e-grants.

Getting a handle on the ins and outs of the electronic federal application process can prepare you for the much easier online application processes used by corporations and foundations.

  1. Enter the CFDA number and/or Funding Opportunity Number (found at the top of a Grants.gov alert bulletin), and then click the Download Package button.

    The grant or cooperative agreement application package downloads to your computer.

  2. Download the agency-specific application package instructions.

    These instructions aren't included with the main application package.

  3. Complete your grant or cooperative agreement application package.

    After you download the application package, you can complete it offline (meaning you’re not connected to the Internet), so you can route the application package to others in your organization as an e-mail attachment, much as you would with any shared document.

    The Submit button on the application package cover page becomes active after you download the application package, complete all required forms, attach all required documents, and save your application package.

  4. Click the Submit button when it becomes active.

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    Review the provided application summary to confirm that your application will be submitted to the program you want to apply for. If you aren’t already connected to the Internet, you’re directed to do so.

  5. Log on to Grants.gov by using your username and password.

    When you log on, your application package is automatically uploaded to Grants.gov, and a confirmation screen appears when the upload is complete. You receive a tracking number on the confirmation page.

  6. Record the tracking number.

    You may need to refer to it if you contact customer support.

  7. Log on when you want to check the status of your grant application submission.

    You can also manage your applicant profile.

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