What Is a Block Grant? [Updated]

A block grant is a specific type of federal financial assistance for a broadly defined function. Before getting into the nuance of block grants, it may be helpful to know what we mean by the terms “federal financial assistance” and “grant.”

Block grants are primarily awarded by the federal government to U.S. state or territory governments, although some block grants are awarded directly to local governments (e.g., Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program to cities and counties on a formula basis). The block grant recipients then implement the programs within those broadly defined functions (i.e., the purpose & parameters defined by legislation).

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#FundingFriday – Top 5 Most Viewed Grants in May (1st-18th)

Here are the five federal grant opportunities that are getting the most views so far this month. These grants range from the promotion of religious tolerance in Afghanistan to improving health workforce training in the United States of America.

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Release 16.0 Preview: New Privileges for Workspace Owners Coming Soon

This June, Grants.gov applicants will be able to take advantage of a range of new features when managing their application workflow within Workspace.

With the Legacy PDF going away at the end of 2017, users have begun familiarizing themselves with Grants.gov Workspace, an online interface that streamlines many of the more challenging aspects of collaborating on a federal grant application.

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Enhancements coming to Workspace with Release 16.0 include the arrival of forms-level access and the ability to add participants from other (external) organizations.

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How the Government Prepares Grant Application Forms – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we explained the content development process for new and updated Grants.gov forms. In Part 2, we focus on Grants.gov’s role in the technical development of forms.

Forms Development Process

The development time of each form can range from one month for a cosmetic change to up to six months for a new, multi-page form. The following provides a high-level overview of the forms development cycle:

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What Is an Online Form?

In the context of applying for federal grants, “forms” are those seemingly endless documents you must fill out to complete the application process. An “online” form or webform, then, is a digital version of these documents that is accessible and editable in a web browser.

There is nothing revolutionary about this concept, but we at Grants.gov have now made online forms available in Grants.gov Workspace to make the application process a bit easier for you and your team. Continue reading What Is an Online Form?

Federal Grant Programs Supporting America’s Veterans and Their Families

Funding Friday iconIn this week’s #FundingFriday column, we highlight open opportunities for grant programs serving veterans and their families. Grants featured here aim to support training programs, medical research, veterans home construction, the Wounded Warrior Service Dog Program, and more.

 

1. Small Business Administration – Veteran Federal Procurement Entrepreneurship Training Program (VFPETP)

This program aims to provide procurement training and management support services to potential veteran and service-disabled veteran candidates seeking training for government contracting opportunities.

 

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How the Government Prepares Grant Application Forms – Part 1

In recent years, a lot has changed about the Grants.gov federal grant application process. The arrival of Workspace in 2015 gave applicants the ability to reuse forms and collaborate more easily. Grants.gov’s latest release, meanwhile, gave applicants the ability to forego the PDF and complete forms within a web browser.

The data requested on the forms also continues to evolve. The process for updating and creating new grant application forms is a complex one involving a range of government entities, including the grant-making agency, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), as well as the Federal Register and Grants.gov, among others.

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What Is the Office of Management and Budget? (And How Does It Relate to Grants?)

What is blog series logoThe Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is an Executive Branch office that oversees the implementation of the President of the United States’ vision across government agencies (WhiteHouse.gov – OMB).

This relates to the grant programs implemented by federal agencies, how they are managed, their budgets, and the forms applicants complete when applying for a grant.
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#FundingFriday: Grants Supporting National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

In April, federal government agencies, along with a network of nonprofit organizations and individuals, have provided support and funding to raise awareness and prevent crimes of sexual assault.

This month is “an opportunity to underscore the scourge of sexual assault on our society and the trauma this violent crime imposes on its victims,” says Acting Assistant Attorney General Alan R. Hanson (OJP Works to Serve Victims of Sexual Assault, Office of Justice Programs Blog). Below are a range of federal funding opportunities that work to prevent future crimes and care for victims of sexual assault.

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What Is a Grant Forecast?

Sunny with a slight chance of competition? Cold and gloomy thanks to freezing funds?

While federal grant applicants may at times face such varying climates, the grant forecasts we refer to here are previews of potential funding opportunities that a grant-making agency plans to announce in the future.

Applicants can search for grant forecasts just as they would for funding opportunities – by using Grants.gov Search.

How to Search for Grant Forecasts

By checking “Forecasted” under Opportunity Status, searches can be tailored to turn up forecasted opportunities.

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