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Organizations must register for Grants.gov or OJP Grants Management System (GMS) (see solicitation for appropriate system).

In general, the Office of Management and Budget requires that all applicants (other than individuals) for federal funds include a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number in their applications for a new award or a supplement to an existing award. A DUNS number is a unique nine-digit sequence recognized as the universal standard for identifying and differentiating entities (for example, agencies, businesses, nonprofits) receiving federal funds. The identifier is used for tracking purposes and validating address and point of contact information for federal assistance applicants, recipients, and subrecipients. The DUNS number will be used throughout the grant life cycle. Obtaining a DUNS number is a free, one-time activity.

To obtain a DUNS number, call Dun & Bradstreet at 866-705-5711 or apply on the Dun & Bradstreet website.

The System for Award Management (SAM) replaces the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database as the repository for standard information about federal financial assistance applicants, recipients, and subrecipients.

Applicants must update or renew their SAM registration annually to maintain an active status. If you are a new entity registering in SAM or an existing entity that needs to update or renew your SAM registration, you must submit an original, signed notarized letter via U.S. Postal Service Mail appointing the authorized Entity Administrator. 

Read the alert at https://sam.gov/SAM/ to learn more about what is required in the notarized letter. Access notarized letter template instructions for domestic entities at the Federal Service Desk.

Effective June 29, 2018, you need a login.gov account to sign in to SAM


  • Grants.gov: Before you can register as an organization applicant with Grants.gov, you will need to obtain a DUNS number and complete registration in the System for Award Management (SAM.) The process can take up to 4 weeks. Once the SAM registration/renewal is complete, the information transfer from SAM to Grants.gov can take as long as 48 hours. OJP recommends that the applicant register or renew registration with SAM as early as possible. See Get Registered on Grants.gov for details and instructions.
  • OJP Grants Management System: The registration process can take between 3 and 5 days to complete. You should begin the application process as soon as possible, especially if you are a first-time user. For assistance with the electronic application process, contact the GMS toll-free hotline at 888-549-9901. The hotline is available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday.

Information about the registration process for organizations and other entities can be found at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html.

Applicants submit applications through Grants.gov, a "one-stop storefront" to find funding opportunities and apply for funding. See Grants.gov for complete instructions on how to register and submit an application.

Please refer to the title page of the solicitation under the section labeled "Eligibility."

Stay connected with OJJDP to receive notices of new funding opportunities as they become available.

For more information about the registration process for organizations and other entities, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html.

The E-Business Point of Contact (E-Biz POC) at the applicant organization must log into Grants.gov to confirm the applicant organization's Authorized Organization Representative (AOR.) The E-Biz POC will need the Marketing Partner Identification Number (MPIN) password obtained when registering with the System for Award Management (SAM) to complete this step. This step must occur prior to submitting the application.