Electronic Grant Application Process

In compliance with President Trump's Management Agenda E-Gov initiative, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) posts grant opportunities, cooperative agreements, as well as modifications to current grants or cooperative agreements on Grants.gov found at http://www.grants.gov.  Grants.gov is a "one-stop shop" for all potential grantees to electronically find and apply for grants and cooperative agreements.

Five key steps in the application process:

First, obtain a Dun and Bradstreet number (DUNS) by calling (866) 705-5711 or by visiting http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/pages/CCRSearch.jsp.

Second, register your organization in the Federal government's System for Award Management (SAM) found at https://www.sam.gov. Please note, SAM registration cannot be completed without a DUNS number.

Third, complete an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) profile on Grants.gov and create a Grants.gov username and password at:  https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html. The E-Biz POC at the applicant’s organization must respond to the registration email from Grants.gov and login at www.Grants.gov to authorize the applicant as the AOR.

Fourth, submit an application addressing all requirements outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Grants.gov has a new tool called “Workspace” that allows greater flexibility as you prepare your application. It also can help reduce technical issues when you are submitting your application. Learn more about “Workspace” at: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/workspace-overview.html.

Fifth, after you submit an application, Grants.gov provides an ID number for your application. Use the “Track My Application” webpage to check the status of your application at:  https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/track-my-application.html. By typing your ID number into the tracker, you can find out about the application’s status.

FRA will not accept paper grant applications. Grant applications for FRA’s Competitive Discretionary Grant Programs must be submitted electronically at http://www.grants.gov .  For up-to-date information on upcoming changes, please see: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/outreach/grants-gov-notices.html.


Forms that are needed for the electronic application process can be accessed via Grants.gov