The first step that everyone needs to take when planning on applying for US Government grants is to find all the information needed for this process. Possible candidates have to be well informed and to know what types of documents they need, what are the deadlines and what else is there to be done.
One of the best sites would have to be grants.gov. It is the perfect place for every beginner and offers plenty of useful information as well as application forms. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is partner in managing this site, so you can be sure that it offers true and verified information and not an advertising scam. The site offers over 1000 grant programs which are managed by 26 agencies and the browsing on the site is made to be very easy for using. You will find many lists divided by categories of grants, agencies which provide them and many more different characteristics. Beginners will find tutorials and how tos which will be helpful for starting up. There is also a part with frequently asked questions which will clear up every doubt that you may have.
Other official places where you can find valid information are the Federal Register, the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance and many other web sites.
The CFDA (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance) is a place where you’ll find information about grants based on state and local level and also profit and non-profit organizations which provide help for these grants.
The Federal Register is a daily publication containing information about new rules, regulations and notices coming from the Federal Government but are connected to grant funding.
On USA.gov you can find information about grants and loans given by non-profit organizations.
USAspending.gov is a free and easily approachable site managed by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006. The browsing on this site is very easy to done by everyone and the information is listed by category, for example, grants and loans.
FedBizOpps.gov is an online site which provides you with information about grants possibilities which are over $25 000.
Federal Grants Wire is yet another site with information listed about grants and loans.
Benefits.gov is a site which helps beginners and experienced grant seekers equally. It offers help with finding out whether you are eligible for a grant, and if so, what are the types of grants for which you can apply for. It also provides with lists of all the types of grants loans and benefits which you can apply for and get from the Government.