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Apply to CAP

1. Research Before applying for the CAP program, first review the eligibility criteria, program process, costs, schedule, and FAQs to confirm the program is a good match for you at this time. 

2. Apply When you are ready to prepare an application, simply click the purple "Begin or Continue and Application" button below. You will be taken to our online system, where you will create an account. After you begin, you may save your application, log out, and return to the application via the button below. Once you have reviewed and submitted the application, you will not be able to return to make edits.

Throughout the application, look for the (^) symbol, which indicates more information about a term can be found in the CAP Glossary.

As a part of the application, you will be required to complete and submit a Certification of Authorizing Official document, which must be signed by an executive member of your board of directors, the head of your sponsoring organization, or the government official responsible for oversight of your institution. Download the necessary Certification document by clicking here.

Please note that although the 2017 application period closed on March 1st, applications will continue to be accepted through June. Applicants will be considered for any additional funding that may become available in the 2017 program cycle.


If you have questions about the application process, please contact CAP staff at 202-750-3346 or

If you are unable to complete the online application for any reason, you may request a paper version via the phone number or email address above.


For clarification on terminology, please consult the CAP Glossary.