Video: Federal Grant Forecasts Coming Soon to Grants.gov

We like to know tomorrow’s weather in advance so that we can plan out our day.

Wouldn’t it also be nice to know what federal grants are coming before they are actually posted?

Grants.gov is introducing its new Forecast feature with Release 15.2, giving Grantors the option to publish planned grant funding opportunities so that Applicants can get a head-start on preparing their applications.

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#FundingFriday: 5 Government Grants Posted this Week

Each week, government agencies post new funding opportunities in the Search tab of Grants.gov, spanning areas from agriculture to social services, and many more in between.

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Here’s 5 interesting federal grants posted this week you may be interested in:

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What Is a Discretionary Grant?

Note: This is the second post in our ‘What Is’ series about the grant lifecycle and grant types.
A “discretionary” grant is a grant in which a federal agency selects the awardee (i.e., grant recipient) based on merit and eligibility. After you apply for a discretionary grant on Grants.gov, the applications are sent to the federal agency for a competitive review process and final funding decision.

What is blog series logoThe review process can vary for each program and federal agency. Here’s an example:

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DATA Act Updates: New OMB Memo and Highlights for the Federal Grant Community

Last week, OMB released the latest memo on the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act)—Additional Guidance for DATA Act Implementation: Implementing a Data-Centric Approach for Reporting Federal Spending Information.

The memo describes the main steps agencies need to take to improve data quality and transparency on where the Federal Government’s award data (i.e., from grants or contracts) should be displayed for the public.

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David Miller, the Controller of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), writes, “The reporting of data in accordance with the data definition standards will enable financial data to be posted on USASpending.gov for use by taxpayers and policy makers in a consistent, reliable, and searchable format.”

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Example Cases: How Workspace Improves the Applicant Experience on Grants.gov

Note: This is part two of two blog posts introducing Grants.gov’s Workspace feature. Here’s part one if you missed it.

Since the launch of Workspace, Grants.gov has seen a steady, monthly increase in users and submissions – and feedback has been positive.

But how exactly does the new functionality improve the applicant experience? Potential improvements will, in part, depend on your institution and the existing workflow you have in place.

Below are two examples, one for a university and the other a grant writer, of how using Workspace can benefit someone that has used the traditional Grants.gov submission method in the past.

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Introducing the New Grants.gov Community Blog

Illustration of buildings and people, signifying a communityIf you’ve made your way to this space, you’re very likely interested in the role that the federal government plays in funding programs, projects, and research for the benefit of the public.

You might be a prospective applicant looking to secure a government grant for an urban education program, or a few minutes away from clicking “Submit” on a grant application you’ve spent weeks (tirelessly) preparing.

You might be a federal employee posting a grant opportunity for your agency. You’re interested in making sure the public knows about the funding available to them.

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Part 1: Apply as a Team with Grants.gov’s Workspace Feature

Illustration showing how multiple team members can fill out application forms at the same time.Note: This is part one of two blog posts introducing Grants.gov’s Workspace feature.

Organizations working on federal grant applications may want to use Grants.gov’s new Workspace feature, which can help streamline collaboration and save time when an application deadline looms.

Applicants using Grants.gov have traditionally submitted a single, stitched PDF application package in a process that can be difficult — especially when collaborating with others.

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Federal Grant Policy Update: Grants Oversight and New Efficiency (GONE) Act

Illustration of a congressional buildingIt’s easy to see the Notice of Award, the official, legally binding issuance of a grant, as the beginning of something – for instance, a program, study, or project that will benefit the greater public.

In fact, before the awarding of a grant, an incredible amount of time and effort has gone into shaping it.

Between the halls of Congress and the hands of award recipients, there is a complex web of laws, regulations, policies, and guidance.

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