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Please be aware that the system provides several confirmation notices; applicants should ensure receipt of confirmation that the application was accepted.

Electronic Submission: The complete application must be uploaded on USDA will not consider any additions or revisions to an application once it is received. USDA will not accept mailed, faxed, or hand-delivered applications. The applicant is strongly advised to allow ample time to initiate the application submission process. 

In order to submit an application via, applicants must have registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) and obtained a Unique Entity ID number. On April 4, 2022 the unique entity identifier used across federal government changed from the DUNS Number to the Unique Entity ID (generated by 

What is SAM?: The System for Award Management (SAM) is combining federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) into one new system. This consolidation is being done in phases. The first phase of SAM incorporated the functionality from several systems, including CCR.

For additional information regarding SAM see the following link:

Below is additional information that should assist the applicant through this process:

SAM Registration: For applicant organizations that were previously registered in the CCR, relevant applicant information is already in SAM; set up a SAM account as necessary to update any information. To register in SAM, the applicant’s Tax ID Number (TIN), and taxpayer name (as it appears on the applicant’s last tax return) are all required. Registration should take 3-5 days.

Applicants that do not receive confirmation that SAM registration is complete should contact SAM at Registration: In order to apply for a grant, applicants must have completed the above registrations and registered on The registration process can be accessed at Generally, the registration process takes between 3-5 business days.

If you are a new user, please ensure that your organization’s Point of Contact (POC) has designated you as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR). If you are not designated as an AOR, you will be unable to submit your application into

Applicants should allow ample time to complete the necessary steps on

In review, in order to make an electronic submission, applicants must:

Page updated: December 13, 2022