Video: How Grants.gov Workspace Optimizes the Application Experience for Teams

For many organizations, completing a federal grant application takes a team effort. Grants.gov knows this and added its Workspace feature, in part, to optimize the user experience for applicants working as a team.

Since its launch in October 2015, the feature has been gaining traction within the federal grant community. Continue reading Video: How Grants.gov Workspace Optimizes the Application Experience for Teams

#FundingFriday: New Government Grants for Programs in the Arts, Transportation, Agriculture, and More

Below are five highlights from federal grants posted this week to Grants.gov. Featured here are awards from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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1. U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Thailand – Enhanced Community HIV Link

This cooperative agreement will help to strengthen capacity to protect and improve health and well-being, specifically to help community HIV/AIDS services in Vietnam to support a sustainable national HIV/AIDS response.

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Video: How to Locate Federal Grant Forecasts on Grants.gov

The next time you search for federal grants on Grants.gov, check the Forecasted option under the Opportunity Status heading on the Search page. (See screenshot below.)

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This will allow you to browse projected funding opportunities weeks or months before they are officially posted. The Forecast feature is a great way to get a head start on preparing your next application.

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System Updates: 4 Questions Answered About Grants.gov Release 15.3

On October 17th, Grants.gov will roll out Release 15.3 to all system users.

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Question: So, what do I need to know about Release 15.3 for applicants?

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#FundingFriday: 5 Government Grants for Research or Technical Assistance Posted this Week

This week we’ve seen several grants for research posted on Grants.gov. The areas of research are in nuclear forensics, ecology, humanities, and space. There is also an opportunity to support Tribal communities in repairing brownfields lands.

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5 Ways to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Grant Fraud or Scams

While you search for grants or other financial assistance from the government, there are scam artists using sophisticated tricks to steal your money and personal information over the phone, through email, or physical mail. We have recently seen an increase in calls to our help desk from victims of fraud and scams. Here are five tips on how to protect yourself and your finances from scam artists.

1. Do not trust your caller ID, even if it says “Grants.gov.”

Scammers can use caller ID spoofing technology to make it appear that Grants.gov, or anyone else, is calling you. We will never call you and tell you to pay us in order to receive a grant nor will we ask you for your password even if you made the call.

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What Is the Grant Lifecycle?

The grant lifecycle refers to the entire process a grant goes through—from creating the opportunity through implementation and ending with the closeout. While the grant lifecycle can be long and includes some complex elements, it also has a lot of consistency and follows a relatively linear path.

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The grant lifecycle is comprised of three distinct phases: Pre-Award, Award, and Post Award. These main three phases are consistent across the different federal grant-making agencies as defined by the Uniform Guidance for Federal Awards. Continue reading What Is the Grant Lifecycle?

Get Ready: Online Forms Coming to Federal Grant Applications on Grants.gov

The year 2017 is still months away, but now is the time to prepare for several significant enhancements that will be coming to Grants.gov.

In early 2017, you will have the option of completing federal grant application forms in an online environment that saves progress and auto-fills matching fields on other application forms.

These online forms will provide an alternative to downloading Adobe PDF forms and completing them offline.

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You can prepare now for this exciting new feature by applying for your next federal grant using Workspace.

Why? Online forms will be accessible only within Workspace, so learning the ins and outs of Workspace will ease your transition to online forms.

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Infographic: How Federal Grant Application Forms Are Developed

The forms in your federal grant application take quite a journey before getting to your computer.

Every form requires input and coordination from four key stakeholders: the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the federal agency that posted the grant, the Federal Register, and Grants.gov.

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#FundingFriday: 5 New Federal Grants for Non-Profit Organizations Working in the Humanities, Cultural Preservation & More

This week, we’re highlighting new and recent federal grant opportunities for which non-profit organizations are eligible.

These grants come from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of State (DOS), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Department of the Interior (DOI).

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1. HHS – Service Area Competition

This HHS announcement solicits applications for the Health Center Program’s Service Area Competition (SAC). The Health Center Program supports patient-directed public and private nonprofit organizations that provide primary and preventive health care services to the Nation’s medically underserved. The purpose of the SAC funding opportunity is to ensure continued access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services for communities and vulnerable populations.

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7 Things You Need to Know about Registering on Grants.gov

At first glance, registering with Grants.gov seems a little complicated. But if you keep the following tips in mind, your registration will be (almost) a breeze.

1) Registration is free. You do not need to pay to register.

If a website, email, or caller tells you that you need to pay to register for government grants, don’t fall for a scam. More scam and fraud info here.

2) Start registering immediately (after you read the rest of this article, of course).

It can take up to a few weeks if you don’t have all the pre-requisite registration data, so you want to register well in advance of the grant deadline. Here’s an overview of the organization registration process and timeline.

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