How to Apply for an AFI Grant
For Prospective Grantees
Application Due Dates
We are accepting applications for funding new AFI projects now! All applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov as paper applications are no longer being accepted.
Applicants may submit materials at any time throughout the year. OCS will review and fund new grants in two cycles in calendar year 2013. The application receipt dates are as follows.
Spring Cycle -- March 25, 2013
Summer Cycle -- June 7, 2013
OCS must receive the applications no later than 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the receipt date. Note: Transmission may be slow the day of the application deadline, so applicants are encouraged to submit their application packages at least 24 hours in advance of the cut-off.
Prospective Grantee Webinars
The following webinars and conference calls help prospective grantees prepare for the application cycles. These webinars cover the basics of planning, applying, and developing resources for an AFI project.
Prospective Grantee Webinar 1: Planning an AFI Project
Prospective Grantee Webinar 2: Preparing a Successful Application
Prospective Grantee Webinar 3: Developing Resources and Partners
Q&A Calls for Applicants
- Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. ET (for March Applicants)
- Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. ET (for May Applicants)
Request an Application Kit
Request an application kit and ask your questions! Send an email note to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 866-778-6037.
Full Funding Announcement
How to Submit Your Application
Updated procedure: All applicants must submit their applications electronically through Grants.gov.
Download the Assets for Independence Grant Application Package on Grants.gov by using the program name, the funding opportunity number (HHS-2011-ACF-OCS-EI-0137), or the CFDA number (93.602).
Register for a System for Award Management (SAM) Number (New Requirement for 2012)
All AFI applicants and grantees must have current System for Award Management (SAM) numbers. SAM registration must be updated annually and must be active and maintained with current information at all times during which an organization has an active AFI award or an AFI application under consideration. This requirement applies to current grantees, subgrantees, and applicants.
SAM registration may be made online at www.sam.gov.
Required Standard Application Forms
- SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance
- SF-424A Budget Information - Non-construction programs
- SF-424B Assurances for Non-construction programs
- SF-P/PSL - Project/Performance Site Location(s)
- Certification Regarding Lobbying
- Certification Regarding Environmental Tobacco Smoke
- Equal Opportunity Survey
Examples of Current Grantees
To learn more about previously-awarded applicants, please refer to the AFI Project Locator for a list of current AFI projects. Click on highlighted grantee names to link to one-page summaries including the grant amount, highlights, target population, and project description. Find existing programs in your area to contact for tips and information. You might even explore whether the current grantee organizations are interested in forming a collaborative with your organization to improve asset building opportunities in your community.