Check Your Eligibility
Before beginning the application process, you should make sure you or your organization is eligible to apply for the grant. There are two keys to eligibility:
- Registering to apply through Grants.gov
- Understanding legal eligibility per the funding opportunity
Where do you find this information?
Here's a link to the Get Registered section. For the full legal eligibility requirements, you need to carefully read the Application Instructions that are attached to every funding opportunity in Grants.gov. The awarding agencies define eligibility in those instructions, and they may also summarize the eligibility in the Synopsis Details section.
If you don't double check that you are eligible in the Application Instructions, you could waste a lot of time and money completing the application process for a grant you cannot legally receive, regardless of how well you write your application.
Wondering who comes up with the eligibility?
Check out the Grant Eligibility section of Learn Grants for details on how eligibility is defined and what types of funding you or your organization can generally apply for.
Help: Online User Guide
Find registration, search, and application instructions for all users in the Grants.gov Online User Guide.
For detailed applicant information, review the Applicants section of the online user guide.