How Do You Apply for Grants?


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As of 2014, the application process for U.S. federal grants begins with registering at the Grants.gov website and downloading the necessary application forms. After the forms are completed, the application must be submitted online. The response time varies from a few days to several weeks, and an application status can be tracked using the Grants.gov site.

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Before starting to fill out forms, applicants must first contact the person or program that offers the grant. As of 2014, businesses that wish to obtain a grant need to call 1-866-705-5711 or go to DNB.com in order to get a DUNS number for their application. Social service organizations can apply for federal funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. SAMHSA applications also apply to any grant at the federal level.

Students seeking federal grant money to help pay for college can fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, otherwise known as FAFSA. Looking for scholarships at the state level is also helpful, and some colleges help students with the application process. Community groups, clubs and employers may also offer financial assistance for college. Students in high school can talk to a guidance counselor about where to apply for scholarships. Searching the Internet for grant money is another option, but seekers must be aware of potential scams.

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