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Find Federal Grants Easily on New Website

WASHINGTON (AFP eWire - Oct. 20, 2003) - The federal government has launched a new website that makes it easier for nonprofits to search for government grants.

At Grants.gov, grantseekers can search by keyword or from more than 20 categories for federal grants that best fit their organizations' needs. Grantseekers can also sign up to receive email notifications of new grant announcements or grant modifications.

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget issued its final policy directive on Oct. 8 that all federal agencies are required to electronically post information on funding opportunities through the new website. The requirement is part of the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999.

In related news, applicants applying for federal grants must now provide a 'DUNS' number, a nine-digit Data Universal Numbering System from Dun and Bradstreet. The requirement went into effect Oct. 1.

The number must be included in every application for organizations that are applying for a new grant, renewing a grant or submitting plans under grant programs, according to OMB Watch.

The federal government already required all contractors to have a DUNS number and has since expanded the requirement to all nonprofits, OMB Watch said.

The easiest way to get a DUNS number is by phone at (866) 705-5711. You can apply through the Internet, but web applications can take up to 30 days, while phone requests take only 24 hours, according to OMB Watch.

For a fact sheet on the new DUNS requirement, visit the OMB Watch website.

To search for federal grants online, visit the Grants.gov website.

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