Are You Grant Ready?

If you’ve chosen a grant or multiple grants to which to apply, check out what we have to say before you move any further. Keep in mind, there are a few things you need to have prepared before applying. Check out this pre-grant checklist. 

501(c)3 Status

First and foremost, have a determination letter of your 501(c)3 status. What is 501(c)3 status? It is an IRS categorization by which a nonprofit is made exempt from federal income tax. Such status is only attainable if the organization’s activities have the following purposes: charity, faith-based, educational advancement, scientific advancement, literacy, testing for safety, encouragement of amateur sports, or prevention of cruelty. In fact, there are some organizations, such as churches, that automatically qualify as 501(c)3 organizations. 

Total Domination: Millions from Grants

When writing your grant proposal, remember to include your eligibility. In fact, there are tactful ways to do this. The following book may help you to learn how: Total Domination: Millions from Grants by Theresa Lu and Erin Dzida. 

DUNS Number

Your organization also needs a DUNS number before applying for a grant. DUNS is an acronym for Data Universal Number System. It is a randomly chosen, 9-digit identifying number for businesses.  This number is used for the purposes of identifying the reliability and financial stability of a business. Fortunately, according to Dun and Bradstreet, the issuing body, the number assignment is free for all businesses that are required to register with the US Federal Government for contracts and grants.

SAM User Account

In addition to a 501(c)3 status and DUNS number, you need SAM registration. There is no charge for a SAM user account. SAM stands for System for Award Management and is used to streamline communications with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR), Federal Agency Registration (Fedreg), Online Representations and Certifications Application and Excluded Parties List System (EPLS).  

Do you have all that?

  • 501(c)3 status
  • DUNS number
  • SAM registration

Ready? Set? Go!

But wait, before you begin your grant application process, explain the focus of your plan. This should include who benefits from the grant, in what areas or region the plan will be implemented, and how you will spend the grant money. Funding sources need answers to these questions. It is called eligibility. Once you subscribe for a membership on, you can see eligibility requirements for each grant. They are listed or linked in the eligibility section.

So now, your checklist is complete. On, there are over 50 grant categories to search from. Subscribe today to search from thousands of grants! There is a range of affordable pricing plans for nonprofits. For more information on pre-grant requirements and eligibility, visit the Tool kits page under the "Resources" tab at or call our team of grant experts at 561-249-4129.


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