How to Register with Grants.gov in 8 Easy Steps

First, you acquired a DUNS number. Next, you received your letter of determination. Finally, you registered on SAM. This means you’re ready to start applying for federal grants, right? Well, not quite. There’s still one more step.  
 
Before you apply for federal grants, you need to register an account with Grants.gov. This amazing website provides a centralized location that makes finding and applying for federal funding opportunities faster, easier, and more cost-effective for grant seekers. As of today, Grants.gov houses information on more than 1,000 grant programs and vets applications for all 26 grant-awarding federal agencies within the system. 
 
Sounds great! How do I sign up? 
To register an account with Grants.gov,  you should first have all of your organization’s necessary information ready at your fingertips. Honestly, if you come prepared, the registration process can be completed in a matter of minutes. And whether you’re applying as an individual or an organization,  you only need to register one account! How’s that for efficiency? 
 
Once you’re ready, you can register with Grants.gov by following these 8 easy steps!  
  1. Click the Register link. 

  2. Click the Get Registered Now button on the Register page.

  3. Complete the Contact Information and Account Details sections. 
    Note: It is extremely important that the information you enter in these sections matches the information your organization entered when registering with the System for Award Management, aka SAM. If it doesn’t, your registration will not be successful. More details below*.
    • Email Address - Remember, all correspondence with Grants.gov will be sent to this email address. 
    • Username - The username may only contain alphanumeric characters, question marks, periods, dashes, underscores, and the @ symbol. Your username cannot contain a space or consist entirely of numbers. Pick a username you’ll remember!!!! 
    • Password - The password you choose must adhere to the following:
      • Contains at least eight characters.
      • Contains at least one uppercase letter.
      • Contains at least one lower case letter.
      • Contains at least one number.
      • Contains at least one special character.
      • Doesn’t contain dictionary words, names, or your Username. 
  1. Decide whether you wish to subscribe to Grants.gov Communications.
    There are two forms of communication, alerts and the newsletter. The alerts
    are important messages about time-sensitive or major system changes. The newsletter features training, system enhancement updates, and other helpful resources. This is a voluntary subscription. 

  2. Click the Continue button.

  3. Click the Send Temporary Code button, then access your chosen email account to access the temporary code.

  4. Enter the received temporary code and click the Continue button (again).
  1. Decide whether youd like to add a profile to your Grants.gov account now or click the Continue button to log in. Remember, you’ll need to add a profile before you can submit an application. 
Congratulations! You have now registered your account with Grants.gov and are ready to apply for federal grants that work for you! Good luck! 
Notes 
 
*When you registered with SAM, the Electronic Business Point of Contact (EBiz POC) was designated. This individual is responsible for the administration and management of grant activities for their organization. Part of their responsibilities is appointing Authorized Organization Representatives (AORs), who will be the ones submitting grant applications on Grants.gov. If your contact information doesn’t match up, you will not be able to register successfully. 
Still unsure about registering on Grants.gov or if your organization really needs it? Contact us today and our staff at MPS Grants will be more than happy to assist you!  Don’t forget to sign-up for our weekly newsletter below!
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