Applying for grants, especially government grants can be a lengthy, complex, and sometimes intimidating process, but, if you stay the course, you could be awarded a grant for your organization.
What is a grant?
A grant is a monetary award that does not have to be repaid. Government grants are awarded under specific conditions and fund a variety of sources. Government grants are generally awarded to existing businesses/nonprofits that qualify for a specific funding purpose. Grants often come with several spending constraints, as the funder often has a very specific purpose in mind.
Navigating the grant application process can be daunting and time-consuming. Applicants need to be undeterred by the complexity and power through! Hire a grant writer if necessary and follow the steps listed below.
How to apply for government grants
Start your search by logging on to GrantWatch.com. This data base of grants offers over 5,500 current available Federal, State, Local, and foundation grants. Grant descriptions are written in layman’s term thus making them easy to understand. Members will be furnished with the application details for the grants that they wish to apply for.
Once you have located a grant, you must check your eligibility! Be certain you or your organization is eligible for the grant. You may check your eligibility for government grants by registering on Grants.gov, and you must have an understanding of the legal eligibility per the funding opportunity.
Registering is important. Before applying for a funding opportunity, you need to create an account with Grants.gov. This is true for nonprofits, businesses, or individuals applying for grants. Once you have a Grants.gov account, you may add a profile to associate with an applicant organization. Each time you find a government grant, you simply need to log in to your account for details.
If you find a grant that is the right fit for your organization you can apply with the Workspace account that you created on Grants.gov. Be sure to review the training videos that are included on the site. These videos will guide you through the application best practices.
Once you have applied for a grant using your Grant.gov workspace account, you will be assigned a tracking number. Use this number to track and check the status of your submitted application(s). To track Grants.gov submissions, enter up to five Grants.gov tracking numbers, one per line and click the “Track” button.
Grants are the lifeblood of nonprofits and since the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing amount of small businesses are seeking grants to stay afloat. It is important to seek grant funding sources other than government grants. Many foundations and corporations are increasing their philanthropic efforts and providing grant funding for small businesses, nonprofits, and individuals.
GrantWatch.com adds to their data base of grants daily, so subscribe for the latest grants.