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What are the initial steps I need to take to become eligible for federal grants and contracts?

The initial steps needed to take to become eligible for any federal contracts or grants is having an active and compliant SAM Registration. For you to receive any payment from the federal government (via contract or grant), you must have that SAM Registration set up.

USBRI has been offering filing assistance for over 12 years. A CRS will handle the process for you, making federal contracting registration easier for you. Reach out to the USBRI Help Desk at 1-888-646-9998 for any questions.

If you are unsure if you have a SAM Registration, use the Lookup Tool by clicking the button below

Need to Register or Renew in SAM?

If your SAM Registration expires soon or you do not have one, begin the registration/renewal process NOW. Processing times are taking longer due to new procedures, so you do not want to miss out on any federal contracting opportunites due to the missing or lapsed regsitration. Begin today with a CRS to ease the headache and have a specialist take care of it for you by clicking below.

How do I determine if my project or organization qualifies for a specific federal grant?

The main and most important requirement to qualify for ANY federal grant is having an active and compliant SAM registration.

USBRI has been offering filing assistance for over 12 years. A CRS will handle the process for you, making federal contracting registration easier for you. Reach out to the USBRI Help Desk at 1-888-646-9998 for any questions.

If you are unsure if you have a SAM Registration, use the Lookup Tool by clicking the button below

Need to Register or Renew in SAM?

If your SAM Registration expires soon or you do not have one, begin the registration/renewal process NOW. Processing times are taking longer due to new procedures, so you do not want to miss out on any federal contracting opportunites due to the missing or lapsed regsitration. Begin today with a CRS to ease the headache and have a specialist take care of it for you by clicking below.

Where can I find a list of available federal grants and contracts?

To find a list of available federal contracts and/or grants all you need to do is at the top of this page. hover over “Feder Contracts” and select “Search Federal Contracts”. Using this tool, you will be able to find hundreds of available federal contracting opportunities.

How do I get grants and contracts from the federal government?

In order to do any business with the federal government, businesses must be registered with the System Awards Management(SAM). Applying for a SAM can be tedious and overwhelming. USBRI has been offering filing assistance for the last 13 years. If you have any questions regarding SAM reach out to the USBRI Help Desk 1-888-646-9998.

If you are unsure that you have a SAM Registration, click the button below

Need to Register or Renew?

If your SAM Registration is set to expire or you do not have one, begin the renewal/registration process NOW. You do not want to miss out on federal contracting opportunities due to a lapsed SAM Registration. Call the USBRI Help Desk for assistance or begin now by going to the services page by clicking the button below.

What is the dollar threshold for simplified acquisition procedures?

Currently, the SAT (Simplified Acquisition Threshold) is set at $250,000. This means good and services worth no more than that set amount can be purchased by the federal government with ease and less hassle. This is specifically geared towards companies that qualify as a Small Business, meeting the requirements set forth by the SBA (Small Business Administration).

If you are unsure if you qualify as a Small Business and/or meet the requirements, click the button below

Need to Renew or Register in SAM?

An additional requirement to participating in government contract work is to have an ACTIVE and compliant SAM Registration. Use the SAM Status Lookup Tool to see if you have a registration or need to renew. If you have a question or need assistance, reach out to the USBRI Help Desk at 1-888-646-9998 and a dedicated CRS will be able to help you, You can also get started today by clicking the button below.

Who sets the simplified acquisition threshold?

The ones who set the simplified acquisition threshold is usually the local or state government. Simplified acquisition procedures are extremely beneficial to small businesses looking to get started in government contracting work. It makes the process of obtaining work much simpler and easier f or government agencies and prime contractors looking for business to do work for them.

To get started in government federal contracting work or grant opportunities, USBRI has been offering filing services for SAM Registration and Small Business Set-Asides and Certifications. Reach out to the USBRI Help Desk at 1-888-646-9998 for more information.

If you are unsure if your business has a SAM, use the status check tool by clicking the button below

Does Your Business Qualify for Set-Aside Certifications?

The federal government sets aside a portion o their spending specifically to certified small businesses through the SBA. As well as the Small Business Certification, there are Set-Aside Certifications as well such as Woman-Owned, Veteran-Owned, HUBZone, and Minority-Owned [8(a)]. If you are unsure if your business qualifies, use the Small Business Calculator Tool by clicking the button below

What are the SBA certifications?

SBA Certifications are official recognitions provided by the Small Business Administration. There are four main SBA Set-Aside Certifications which include:

    • Woman-Owned Small Business Certification (WOSB/EDWOSB)
      • 5% of all Federal funds annually are allocated to WOSB Certified businesses
    • Veteran-Owned Small Business Certification (VOSB/SDVOSB)
      • Bid on exclusive contracts set aside for VOSBs.
      • 3% of federal contracts designated for SDVOSB certified contractors.
    • HUBZone Certification
      • Businesses in historically underutilized business zones are given exclusive access to certain government contracts.
      • HUBZone certified businesses benefit from a 10% price evaluation preference in open contract competitions.
    • 8(a) Certification
      • 5% of all federal monetary spending is mandated to be allocated to Minority Owned Small Business certificate holders.
      • As an 8(a) certified business, you are visible to contracting officers as a small business and Minority certified, so the pool for set-aside contracts is smaller, which maximizes your ability to receive no bid contract under $25,000.

USBRI has been offering filing assistance for SAM Registration’s and SBA Certifications for over 12 years. A dedicated CRS (Certified Registration Specialist) will be able to handle the entire process for you, only pulling you in when absolutely necessary. Reach out to the USBRI Help Desk at 1-888-646-9998 with any questions regarding SAM or SBA Certification’s and discover how to get assistance.

To know if you qualify as a small business, use the Small Business Calculator Tool by clicking the button below

Need to Register or Renew a SAM Registration?

If you used the SAM Status Check Tool and discovered you don’t have a SAM Registration or the one you have is set to expire soon, begin the process NOW. A dedicated CRS will be assigned to your business to guide you through the process, making sure it is compliant in SAM and you meet the proper requirements. You can reach out to the USBRI Help Desk to learn more or get started immediately on government contracting by clicking the button below.

What’s the difference between Grants and Loans?

When applying for a SAM its important to know the difference between receiving a gran and a loan. Loans are a set amount of money agreed to be paid back in a certain amount of time to the loaner. Loans can come from a bank, the federal government, or other financial institutions. Grants, however, do NOT need to be paid back as they are awarded to a specific individual or business that meets the requirements.

If you are unsure that you have a SAM Registration, click the button below

Need to Register or Renew?

If you do not have a SAM Registration or need to renew, begin the process NOW. You can get started immediately with a CRS (Certified Registration Specialist) by clicking the button below. For any questions, contact the USBRI Help Desk at 1-888-646-9998.

Do you need to register in SAM as a contractor?

If you are planning to do federal contracting work for the government, you MUST be registered in SAM. The System for Award Management is the government’s way of tracking where money is going, to who, and for what.

If you are unsure if you have a SAM Registration, follow the s steps below:

    • At the top of this page, select “SAM & UEI Status Lookup Tool”
    • Input your company’s UEI or FULL legal business name
    • Answer the security question select “Check SAM Status NOW” in blue
    • Allow the page to generate a brief summary of your registration that includes
      • UEI and CAGE Code
      • Expiration Date
      • Primary NAICS Codes
      • PSC and FSC Codes
      • Primary POC’s
      • and more
    • If you are having trouble using the tool, call the USBRI Help Desk at 1-888-646-9998 and a dedicated CRS (Certified Registration Specialist) will be able to assist you in any way that they can.

Another way you can access the tool is by clicking the button below

Need to Register or Renew in SAM?

If you need to register or renew in SAM, begin the p

Do subcontractors need a UEI?

As of April 4, 2022, all subcontractors hired to do work (via a prime contractor working with the government) are REQUIRED to have a UEI assigned to their entity. If not, this could cause problems when receiving funds and or subcontracting opportunities.

If you are unsure if you have a SAM Registration, follow the s steps below:

    • At the top of this page, select “SAM & UEI Status Lookup Tool”
    • Input your company’s UEI or FULL legal business name
    • Answer the security question select “Check SAM Status NOW” in blue
    • Allow the page to generate a brief summary of your registration that includes
      • UEI
      • Expiration Date
      • Primary NAICS Codes
      • PSC and FSC Codes
      • Primary POC’s
      • and more
    • If you are having trouble using the tool, call the USBRI Help Desk at 1-888-646-9998 and a dedicated CRS (Certified Registration Specialist) will be able to assist you in any way that they can.

Another way you can access the tool is by clicking the button below

Need to Register or Renew in SAM?

If you need to register or renew in SAM, begin the process NOW. Processing times are taking longer due to new procedures with both SAM and CAGE, so you do not want to miss out on government contracting opportunities due to a missing or expired SAM Registration. Reach out to the help desk or being the process with a CRS by clicking the button below