Infographic: 5 Facts About Grants.gov Workspace on Its First Birthday

This month, Grants.gov Workspace celebrates its first birthday. Consider this blog post your invitation to the (virtual) birthday party, which almost 4,000 organizations have already joined by applying with Workspace.

Happy Birthday, Workspace

You can send birthday wishes on Twitter with the hashtag #HappyBirthdayWorkspace.

If you’re new to this blog, Workspace is Grants.gov’s next-generation application submission interface.

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#FundingFriday: New Federal Grants Promoting Community Engagement, Independent Media, Fair Elections, and Religious Freedom Abroad

Below are five recent grant announcements from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureaus of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

The grants focus on a range of community-strengthening initiatives abroad, including supporting justice reform in Tunisia and peaceful elections in Kenya.

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1. Department of State: FY 2017 Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP)

U.S. public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3) may submit proposals to conduct a three-week, U.S.-based youth leadership program in April 2017 for 60 youth and adult mentors from the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Exchange activities will focus on civic education, leadership, diversity, and community engagement and address ways youth can unite around their common goals and lead inclusive change in their communities.
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Grants.gov Training Videos Updated for Release 15.3

With every Grants.gov release, our training videos and online user guide also get a refresh so that applicants always have the latest tutorials at their fingertips.

Release 15.3, in particular, brought significant updates to our Learning Workspace Video Series and our Quick Clicks Video Series, including updated screenshots, helpful reminders, and a design refresh.

Browse the following list of updated videos and bookmark this post, or the Grants.gov Applicant Tools and Tips page, so they’ll be at the ready when you’re preparing your next federal grant application:

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6 Things to Know as an Individual Applicant Using Grants.gov

Individual applicants are those of you who are applying for a grant on your own—to receive it yourself to fulfill the requirements of the grant and not on behalf of an organization.

Here are 6 things to keep in mind as you’re searching and applying for federal grants.

#1 Register as an individual based on a funding opportunity number (FON). You can continue to use your account for other grant opportunities, but the initial registration process requires a FON.

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#FundingFriday: Research and Development Grants from NSF and DOE

U.S. federal grant-making agencies support research and development across the scientific spectrum. In October, the Department of Energy (DOE) and National Science Foundation (NSF) have posted funding opportunity announcements to support this work in the areas of energy efficiency, Antarctic research on ice loss, and laboratories conducting research.

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7 Tips for Transitioning Your Organization to Grants.gov Workspace

Thousands of federal grant applicants have submitted their application packages using Grants.gov Workspace. In this blog post, we share tips for streamlining organizational workflow in order to take advantage of Workspace’s full range of benefits.

These benefits include the following:

  • A set of shareable individual grant forms, rather than the legacy application package (which will be phased out in December 2017)
  • A form reuse feature that imports data from past application forms
  • Improved form validations that help to cut down on last-minute submission errors
  • A preview feature that gives applicants the ability to view the complete application in a single window

Below are some tips to help make the transition as smooth as possible for you and your organization:

1. Form reuse is the single most beneficial feature in Workspace.

Whether you’re a one-person show or you have a large team working on each application, the reuse feature within Workspace has the potential to save you tons of time.

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Let’s say you apply for a grant later this month using Workspace. In the end, you aren’t awarded the funds. The next time you apply for the same grant – perhaps a year from now – you will be able to reuse all of your old forms and focus your time and effort on improving the weakest parts of the application.

2. Familiarize your team with the general Workspace workflow.

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Workspace separates the application package into individual forms. This allows a team of applicants to work on each form separately – at the same time, if they wish. This changes the traditional workflow, which permitted only one applicant to work on the application at a time.

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#FundingFriday Highlights: Recent U.S. Government Grants Posted on Grants.gov

Every week, federal agencies publish grant announcements on Grants.gov. Below, we highlight new funding opportunities from the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of State, NASA, and the Department of Energy.

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1. Department of the Interior – Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requests interested entities to submit restoration, research and Regional Project proposals for the restoration of the Great Lakes Basin fish and wildlife resources, as authorized under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (16 USC 941c). The purpose of the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (GLFWRA) is to provide assistance to States, Indian Tribes, and other interested entities to encourage cooperative conservation, restoration and management of the fish and wildlife resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes Basin.
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Exploring Eligibility: Can Foreign Nonprofits and NGOs Apply for U.S. Federal Government Grants?

Several weeks ago, we explored the topic of federal grant eligibility for nonprofit organizations. But what if your nonprofit organization is based outside of the United States? Are you eligible to apply for and receive a federal grant?

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Yes! Foreign nonprofit entities and nongovernmental organizations (NGO) may apply for federal grants. However, eligibility varies for each grant program, so continue reading to understand this process.

Great! I know the grant I want to apply for. How do I get started?

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#FundingFriday Forecast: 4 Future Grant Opportunities from Health and Human Services

A grant forecast is a planned or projected funding opportunity from a federal agency. The agency is giving you advance notice that an opportunity is on the way. While it is not a guarantee that a grant forecast becomes an official funding opportunity announcement (FOA), it is likely.

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Get an early start on your application planning for these grant forecasts from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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