FINDING A GRANT APPLICATION PACKAGE
Because grants.gov covers the entire federal government’s funding opportunities, searching and finding a specific application package can be a frustrating experience the first time you do it.
In order to download the correct application package you will need to know the CFDA and funding opportunity numbers. Finding those numbers can be accomplished via grants.gov under the ‘Find Grant Opportunities’ section.
We have some tips for you:
1. If you know the funding opportunity number and CFDA number already, then you will be able to enter them directly in the basic search page.
2. If using the grants.gov keyword search, make sure that multiple word phrases are entered inside quotes for the system to search for that exact phrase.
3. If using the grants.gov advanced search, you may select more than one item from the drop-down lists by holding down the control key as you click on the items you wish to include.
4. The left-hand menu in the ‘Find Grant Opportunities’ section of grants.gov has some useful links to help you find the package you need.
We have found that the Adobe Acrobat PDF file ‘Available Grant Application Packages’ is the least frustrating resource on this menu. This PDF file is a listing of all available packages listed by closing date in descending order. Use the ‘Find’ feature of your PDF viewer to search for a text string you know to be related to the funding opportunity.
Still frustrated by grants.gov?
An alternative method to finding the application package you need
FedGrants is the site where agencies upload and maintain their funding opportunities. Grants.gov accesses the FedGrants site from within the grants.gov application. However, the grants.gov way of searching for funding opportunities is not as helpful as it could be.
We recommend NOT using the search capabilities of the FedGrants site. Instead we recommend you scroll down the list of agencies to the one in which you are interested. An example search is illustrated on the following pages.