As of February 1st 2019, Financial Assistance registrants will now have to complete the "Reps and Certs" (Representations & Certifications) section of the SAM Registration. This additional section is primarily comprised of multiple legal questions, notarized documents and possible additional documentation requests. It is highly advised to have a lawyer review or assist in completing this section for the first time. USBRI assigns a CRS (Certified Registration Specialist) to assist you in completing these new "Reps & Certs" requirements properly.
Assistance Awards & Grants
Are you an organization or individual in search of Federal Grants, Fellowships or other Federal Assistance? If so, you must have a S.A.M. Registration (formerly known as CCR) filed and approved; then you can start your search and submit your grant application through Grants.gov. Once you are registered, you can search for and view the details and actual applications for all available Federal Grants and Assistance Awards.
Grants.gov is the single access point for over 1000 grant programs offered by 26 Federal grant-making agencies in various categories. This allows organizations and individuals to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies. Today, Grants.gov is the central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards.
Steps for Applying for Federal Grants
There are 7 primary steps you must take in order to apply for Federal Grants and other Assistance Awards. They include:
- Obtain a DUNS number
- Complete a proper SAM Registration (formerly known as CCR) by obtaining a CAGE Code, identifying proper NAICS Codes, PSC Codes, FSC Codes, SIC Codes, MPIN, industry classification, business size, Socio-Economic Status (all mandatory components are shown at the bottom of our Home Page.
- Obtain a username and password with Grants.gov (you must wait 24 hours after approval is received from the IRS and DLA)
- Complete the actual registration application on the Grants.gov site
- Create an AOR (Authorized Organization Representative)
- Track AOR Status
- Search for and actually apply for the federal grant or assistance award of interest
Completing the S.A.M. Registration
On average, a SAM Registration filing normally takes 5-7 business days from start to finish including submission, review and receipt of your approval. Sometimes they can be approved quicker and sometimes they can take a little longer. If the IRS or DLA requests additional information, something is not in order, there is a misclassification or any similar issue; then the review time may be extended.
The fastest and by far most efficient way to complete or renew a SAM Registration is to utilize a CRS (Certified Registration Specialist) to facilitate the entire filing for your organization so that you do not fall into the 87% of registrants who are misclassified or non-compliant after their first attempt at filing on their own. A CRS will also reduce the filing process down to 6 pages of information with a burden of time for you of about 30-40 minutes vs 28 pages that takes on average of 15-20 hours utilizing the proper resources to be approved and properly classified the first time around. Your CRS is assigned to your organization for the first 12 months to assist you with any questions, changes, issues and anything else that may arise (and they do in all sorts of fashions). Your CRS can even assist you in situations where you may have trouble receiving your funds or payments.