Submitting an application is a multi-step process:

  • Register with, the System for Award Management (SAM) at, and or renew/verify these registrations.
  • Part 1: Submit to the “Application for Federal Domestic Assistance/Short Organization Form.” This is a brief form that will collect very basic information about your organization. A direct link to the Opportunity Package is included further down this on this page.
  • Part 2: Complete the “Grant Application Form (GAF)” and upload items through the NEA’s Applicant Portal. This web form is where you will enter the majority of your application material (e.g., project description, timelines, and budget information)., SAM, (Part 1), and the NEA’s Applicant Portal (Part 2) are all separate online systems.

Instructions for Part 1 and Part 2, including application deadlines and a list of all the application questions, can be found at the bottom of the page.


All Applicants: Registration and Renewal

Applying for a federal grant for the first time? See here.

Register with, SAM, and or renew/verify these registrations

Before applying, your organization must create and maintain up-to-date registrations with, the System for Award Management (SAM) at, and Registering and maintaining these accounts is always FREE.

These registrations can take several weeks to finalize, so begin this process early! Registrations with, SAM, and must be active for you to submit your application. Finalize your registrations well before the application deadline. This should allow you time to resolve any issues that may arise.

We recommend that you register in the following order:

  2. SAM

Both SAM and will require you to use your username and password to log in to their sites. Registration

Go to Create an account to set up your account. This account will allow you to access many government websites, including both SAM and Important:

You must use a unique-to-you email address for (for example: This should not be an email account that is shared by multiple people or an account affiliated with a particular job role (for example:

SAM Registration

Go to SAM Entity Registration to get started on a new registration, or to renew/check the status of an existing registration.

Your SAM registration must be current at the time a grant is made, and throughout the life of the award. SAM registrations, once activated, can take a day or more to be visible in Verify your SAM registration well ahead of the application deadline.

When registering/renewing your SAM account, you must select “Yes” when completing the “Representations & Certifications” section. All awardees are required to have these representations & certifications in order to receive an award.

Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)

To apply for federal funds, organizations must have a Unique Entity Identifier, also known as a “UEI.” The UEI is a 12-character alpha numeric value that will be assigned by SAM for free during the registration process. Organizations can find their UEI in their SAM record.

If you have difficulty locating the UEI, contact SAM at 1-866-606-8220 or see the help section of SAM’s website. Registration

New Applicants:

  • If your organization is not yet registered with, go to Organization Registration, after setting up your account, and registering with SAM.
  • During the registration process, you will be asked to set up a separate username and password for
  • After creating your account, you may link your and accounts.
  • After linking accounts, you will use your credentials each time you sign in to

Returning Applicants:

  • If your organization already has registered with, renew your registration with SAM and verify that your registration with is current.
  • If you have not already linked your and accounts, you will be prompted to link your accounts when you click the “login” button on 

You must complete the registration process to access the Part 1 application package (see below). You will need the username and password that you obtain during the registration process to submit your application, and you won’t be able to submit your application unless your SAM registration is active and up-to-date., SAM, and Help

The NEA does not have access to your, SAM, or accounts. If you have any questions about or need assistance with these sites, including questions regarding electronic accessibility, contact them directly:

  • Help: Consult the information posted in their Help Center, or use their online form to submit a question.
  • SAM Federal Service Desk: Call 1-866-606-8220 or see the information posted on the SAM website at SAM Help.
  • Contact Center: Call 1-800-518-4726, email, or consult the information posted on the website at Support. The Contact Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Part 1: Go to the Grant Opportunity Package

Access the Grant Opportunity Package for Part 1 with the Application for Federal Domestic Assistance/Short Organization Form on by clicking on the link below:

Funding Opportunity Number: 2023NEA01CA

  1. Clicking the link above will take you directly to the pre-populated application package in

  2. The “View Grant Opportunity” screen will open, click the red “Apply” button.

  3. You will be prompted to log in. In order to create the Workspace application, you must be logged into with a participant role of either Workspace Manageror Authorized Organization Representative (AOR). See more information on participant roles.

  4. After logging in, to create a Workspace application:

    1. Fill in the Application Filing Name field with your organization name, then
    2. Click the Create Workspace button.
  5. Afterwards, you will be directed to the Manage Workspace page, where you can begin working on the application. 

Learn more about using’s Workspace.

Application Questions and Instructions:

Full instructions on how to complete both Part 1 and Part 2, including the application questions, and a link to the NEA Applicant Portal for Part 2, can be found in this PDF document.

Instructions for completing Part 1 and Part 2 (PDF)