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    How to Apply

    The National Park Service posts all Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant application materials including detailed instructions, forms, and key information on the government-wide database of funding opportunities. This database is called grants.gov; you must have an account in grants.gov in order to apply for a grant, but no account is necessary to browse for information. If you or your organization is interested in applying for a grant, we strongly encourage you to start early. In addition to the time it will take to complete the application, there are other registration requirements which may need to be completed before you are able to submit an application.

    Important Planning Information

    If your organization has never received a Federal grant before, you should allow yourself several weeks to prepare to submit an application. There are several systems with which an organization must be registered in order to apply for a grant. You should register with these systems in the order in which they are presented below.


    All applicants should review the table below prior to applying to ensure that they are registered with all of the entities.
    System Registration Typical Processing Time
    Internal Revenue Service - Employer ID Number (EIN) Apply online Up to 5 weeks
    Dun & Bradstreet - Data Universal Number System® (DUNS)
    Note: On or before April 2022, DUNS numbers will be replaced by a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) available at SAM.gov.
    Apply online or call 1-866-881-8098 1 to 2 business days
    System for Award Management - SAM.gov Apply online Between 2 weeks and 3 months
    Grants.gov Apply online Same day

    Where is the Application?

    There is no single document that is "the application." There are multiple documents that, together, will form your application. Some documents are downloaded from grants.gov, completed locally on your computer, and then uploaded into grants.gov as part of what grants.gov calls your "workspace." The workspace is a collaborative environment where you will add the documents you previously downloaded and where you will also complete other forms completely online.

    You will find all the information you need to apply for a grant on grants.gov.
    1. Search for the grant opportunity using key words or by following a link. When we are accepting applications, the section at the top of this page will have links to the application page on grants.gov.
    2. Read all of the posting on grants.gov
    3. Go to the Related Documents tab and download and read instructions in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)/Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).
    4. Add new sentence: You will uses these forms and worksheets to provide us required information.
    5. When you are ready to apply, complete the files you have downloaded, click on the Apply button to begin the application process.
    6. Add: There is no required naming convention or order for uploaded files. Titles should be clear and descriptive.
    7. Submit your application package.
    Screenshot from grants.gov showing a funding opportunity with the "Apply" button and "Related Documents" features highlighted.

    Screenshot from grants.gov funding opportunity page showing how to find key documents that are part of the application.