Any organization considering applying for a navigator grant should complete the registration process as soon as possible. Given the dwindling timeline, it’s not clear how long applicants will have to prepare their proposals but potential applicants – particularly those who have never applied for a federal grant – can register now. This doesn’t obligate you to apply but it gets the basics out of the way so you can concentrate on the substance of your response to the grant solicitation once it is announced. While applying for a federal grant might seem daunting, www.grants.gov provides step-by-step registration instructions in this checklist. There are five steps for registration and while most of the steps can be completed online the same day, Step 2 – registering with the System for Award Management (SAM) – can take up to two weeks.
If you want to learn more about navigators, check out these two briefs from the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute: