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How to Apply For A Grant

It Could Be 4 Weeks Before You Can Apply

You must register in three places: 1) DUNS, 2) SAM & 3) Grants.gov

If you have not yet registered with DUNS, SAM or Grants.gov and you start your three registrations TODAY, you may not be able to submit your grant application until:

Today's date plus 28 days

Please allow extra time for holidays that occur during your registration process or other unexpected delays.

A large part of HRSA’s mission to increase access to health care is accomplished by awarding grants and cooperative agreements.

 It is HRSA’s policy to promote competition, encourage eligible organizations to apply, and help applicants to succeed.

HRSA expects to award more than $3 billion this year through 2,087 new grant awards from 95 grant programs in the following categories:

  • Health Center Programs for community-based health care organizations that provide primary care in underserved areas
  • Ryan White HIV/AIDS Programs for eligible States and metropolitan areas, as well as providers of HIV/AIDS health care services
  • Maternal and Child Health Programs for States and providers of maternal and child health services, including services for children with special health care needs and MCH training and research
  • Health Professions Training Programs for colleges, universities and other accredited health professions training programs
  • Rural Health Programs for critical access hospitals and other health care providers in rural areas
  • Organ Donation Programs for Organ Procurement Organizations and other organizations involved in organ donation, procurement and transplantation
  • Poison Control Centers



Remember to keep your SAM Registration Active. Click for more info

Application Basics

Organizations, not individuals, are eligible to apply. Completing a grant application can take 40 hours or more. Be sure to avoid common mistakes that stop an application before it is even reviewed. 

First step: Register

Are You an Eligible Organization?

Submit Your Application Before the Deadline

Understand the Grant Process: Pre-Award, Post-Award and Closeout (PDF - 296 KB) | recorded webcast

Consider the Review Process – how applications are selected for award

Follow the Top 10 Tips

"Debunk the Myths" about grant application -- animated video series

Dictionary of Grant Terms

Grants.gov Application Help (FAQs & troubleshooting tips)

sign up for grant related topics