Here are 6 tips for searching for federal government grants on Grants.gov:
1) Watch the Searching for Federal Grants video below for a refresher on using search functionality. It covers the core functionality and features (such as exporting search results or saving your search criteria to receive notifications) that may improve your search methodology.
2) If the grant looks interesting to you at first glance, read the eligibility section closely. You don’t want to spend time working on a grant application for which you are not actually eligible.
3) Search for grant forecasts to get a head start on applying for a grant. This is a recent addition to Grants.gov, so not all of the grant-making agencies use it yet. This tip may be particularly helpful for those of you looking for grants from HHS. In the meantime, you can also check out the individual agency websites to see if they publish grant forecasts (Note: Not all federal agencies publish grant forecasts).
4) Check “Archived” under the Opportunity Status heading to prepare for potential annual grants. By looking at when the archived funding opportunities were posted and closed, you can gain insight on the general time of year that a federal agency posts a grant you may be interested in.
5) Look at USASpending.gov to find out who received a grant award in previous years. This process will take some digging. You may need to use the grant program title, CFDA number, agency name, and other information (check out their help resources here). In the process, you may gain some insight into what the federal agency is looking for as you prepare a grant application.
6) Create a saved search to receive notifications. Manually searching is always a good idea, but sometimes you just don’t have time. Sign up to receive email notifications here.