Good Online Resources for Grant Funding - dummies

Good Online Resources for Grant Funding

By Beverly A. Browning

Some federal agencies have their own e-grant upload portals separate from The process varies from agency to agency, so read the grant application guidelines carefully to look for the Submission Process. Here are a few examples:

  • Department of Homeland Security: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has created e-grant portals for two of its most popular competitive grant programs: the Assistance to Firefighter’s Grant (AFG) program and the Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs. When you click the application link for one of these funding opportunity notifications on, you see specific directions for how to access the e-portals.

  • Department of Justice (DOJ): Although you generally submit competitive/discretionary grant applications through, you must submit formula grants, congressional earmarks, and continuation grants through DOJ’s Office of Justice Program’s Grants Management System (GMS). For detailed instructions and tips on applying through GMS, refer to the GMS online training tool or to the Office of Justice’s frequently asked questions page. You also may call the GMS Help Desk at 202-514-2024.

  • Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA): This office within the Department of Health and Human Services has its own online grants management system, the HRSA e-Handbook (HRSA EHB). Depending on the funding announcement, you may have to submit certain grant application documents through and others through the HRSA EHB system.

    To find out more about HRSA’s system and how to use it to apply for a grant, go to the HRSA grant applicant website, navigate through it, and download the Electronic Submission Users Guide for additional information.

  • National Science Foundation (NSF): To apply for a grant from the NSF, you must register with FastLane, a portal that allows individuals and organizations to interact directly with the NSF regarding proposals, funding awards, and more. FastLane is also available from the NSF homepage.