How to apply for financial assistance

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  1. Learn

  2. Check

    • When considering eligibility, the first step is to know what type of organization you represent (or whether you are applying as an individual). If you already know whether you will apply on behalf of your organization or as an individual, then you are ready to check your eligibility.
  3. Search

  4. Register

    • Register with Dun & Bradstreet at offsite link (requires TIN from IRS and organization information). You will be issued a DUNS number.
    • All new applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). This system combines federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one system.
    • Before applying for a funding opportunity, you need to register an account with Whether you are an applicant for an organization or an individual applying for financial assistance on your own, you only need to register one account on
  5. Apply

    • Financial assistance application forms contain copies of the federal forms currently used by awarding agencies to create financial assistance application packages in, forms for post-award reporting, and forms that have been retired from the system. These include both government-wide and agency-specific forms. Learn more on the website.

    • Financial Assistance Budget Guidelines
    • All applications must have a detailed budget and supporting budget narrative explaining and justifying the federal and non-federal expenditures. Click here to view the guidance.
  6. Track

    • To track submissions, enter up to five tracking numbers, one per line and click the "Track" button. (Example format: GRANT99999999)

Please note, this only confirms that an application was successfully retrieved by the awarding agency. Thereafter in the process, the awarding agency reviews and processes the applications independent of, and they do not report the status to

After successfully submitting the application through, you will be notified by NOAA Grants Online if you have been selected. 

For videos on and additional information on how to apply, please visit the YouTube page.