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Grants.gov Registration and Tips

Grants.gov Registration

You must register with Grants.gov before submitting your application to IMLS. Learn more about the multistep registration process. Make sure your D-U-N-S® Number and SAM.gov registration are accurate, current, and active. We recommend that you allow 4 weeks to complete all steps in the Grants.gov registration process. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE WEEK OF THE APPLICATION DEADLINE TO REGISTER.

Before submitting an application, your organization must have a current and active D-U-N-S® Number, SAM.gov registration, and Grants.gov registration. Check your materials and registrations well in advance of the application deadline to ensure that they are accurate, current, and active.

Tips for Working with Grants.gov

  1. Start early! Learn more about the Grants.gov resources, which include checklists, FAQs, and online tutorials to assist you in preparing your organization to submit applications.

  2. You must designate at least one Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) to use Grants.gov. Consider designating more than one AOR when you register. This will help avoid last-minute crises in the event that your one AOR is unavailable when you are ready to submit your application. Also, you should update the AOR at Grants.gov when staff at your organization changes, and make sure passwords are current.

  3. Make effective technological choices.

    • Download the most recent version of Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® onto your computer for best results. Make sure to submit all documents in Adobe® PDF format.

    • Follow the instructions in the Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity to convert your documents into PDFs. Learn more about PDF conversion programs. Use Internet Explorer® as your browser when submitting the application to Grants.gov. Learn more about browsers.

  4. Contact the Grants.gov help line (1-800-518-4726) for assistance with hardware and software issues, registration issues, and technical problems. The help line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except for federal holidays, when it is closed.

NOTE:
If you create a document in Microsoft® Word, you must convert it to PDF format before submitting it. Get assistance in converting documents to PDF. Do not send secured or password-protected PDFs; we cannot process these files.