Federal Grant Applicant Demographics


Demographics of applicants for U.S. federal grants (all types of grant funding). Demographics should include age, sex, ethnicity, geographic concentration, and type of employment (i.e. self-employed, startup founder, academic, w2 employee) . If geographic location and type of employment aren't available, just age, sex, and ethnicity can be provided.

Early Findings

Survey and Report Analysis

  • According to results from a survey conducted by Grants.gov, 33% of applicants surveyed were from the non-profit sector, while 17% were from state and local governments. The survey also showed "statistically significant" responses from academic institutions, individuals, small businesses, for-profit organizations, tribal organizations, public housing authorities, research institutions, faith-based organizations, and grantors.

Grants.gov Analysis

  • Grants.gov is the official grant application website for the U.S. federal government. A demographic analysis of the visitors to this website can help shine a light on the likely demographics of grant applicants.
  • According to data from SimilarWeb, the demographics of visitors to the Grants.gov website are fairly equal between men and women (49.81% male, and 50.19% female). The majority of visitors are between the ages of 25 and 44 (50.20%) while other age brackets have a lesser share: 17.3% for the 18-24 age group, 16.32% for the 45-54 age group, 10.60% for the 55-64 age group, and 5.58% for the 65+ age group.

Google Trends Analysis

  • In the U.S., among individuals searching for the term 'federal grant' on Google, the highest number of searches stem from Washington, D.C., Montana, Louisiana, Hawaii, and West Virginia.
  • Among those searching for the term 'federal grant application' the highest number of searches stem from Florida, California, and New York.
  • Among those searching for the term 'Grants.gov' the highest number of searches stem from Washington D.C., Alaska, Montana, and Mississippi.

Results of Early Findings

  • Initial research into the topic of federal grant applicant demographics has revealed that available information pertaining to this topic is significantly lacking within the public realm. One hypothesis for this lack of information is that applicant data may be considered confidential.
  • Research was undertaken across available government websites, surveys, reports, and trusted media outlets.
  • Triangulation using website and search traffic analytics platforms was conducted in order to provide some insight into this topic. Using these methods, we were able to gather insights regarding age, sex, geographic locations, and employment industries, however, no information could be obtained regarding ethnicity, or type of employment specifically. Information regarding type of employment appears to be non-existent in the public realm, while data about ethnicity only appears to be available as broken up by grant type (i.e. educational/college grants, NIH grants, etc) and is generally presented in terms of racial categories rather than ethnicity specifically.

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