Grant Writing Basics: Ensure Mission Alignment before Applying

The mission of a public, private, or nonprofit sector organization is the ultimate driver of their actions. To translate often lofty and theoretical missions into specific actions, organizations set goals to direct their organization’s activities toward accomplishing the mission.

grant writing basics icon

When it comes to federal grants, no one works alone. Government grants involve at least two parties—the federal awarding agency and the award recipient. So, to promote the public good and to accomplish the goal of the grant program, it is critical that the award recipient and federal agency share the same mission and goals.

Continue reading Grant Writing Basics: Ensure Mission Alignment before Applying

#FundingFriday: Over 50 Grants Posted this Week on Grants.gov

Federal agencies have posted over 50 funding opportunities on Grants.gov in the last week. Below are just a few highlights from these opportunities from NASA and USAID, as well as the Departments of Commerce, Interior, Justice, State, Health and Human Services, and more.

Funding Friday icon

Continue reading #FundingFriday: Over 50 Grants Posted this Week on Grants.gov

#ReplyAll: ‘Can Workspace Catch My Mistakes?’

The Reply All blog series addresses individual user questions that may be relevant to a wider audience.

Q: How smart is Workspace? Can it catch my mistakes?

A: Workspace is built to alert users to potential problems with their grant applications. If you miss a required field, for example, a message will list the overlooked field in a pop-up window when you click the application form’s Check for Errors button.

Reply All Blog Series graphic

If you fill out the SF-424 form before working on other forms in the application package, Workspace will populate certain other fields on other forms within the package. This will both save you time and help you avoid making a typo when re-typing data on multiple forms.

However, there are certain mistakes that Workspace will not be able to catch or remedy.

Continue reading #ReplyAll: ‘Can Workspace Catch My Mistakes?’

#FundingFriday: 4 Research Grants Posted this Week by Energy, Interior, Agriculture, and Health

Federal government agencies support a variety of research and development grants. This week, agencies posted opportunities for research in the areas of plasma science, social science, neurology, agriculture, and more.

Funding Friday icon

Continue reading #FundingFriday: 4 Research Grants Posted this Week by Energy, Interior, Agriculture, and Health

What Is the OMB’s ‘Uniform Guidance’ for Grants?

With a name like Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (commonly called “Uniform Guidance”), you’re unlikely to mistake this government publication for a comic book or romance novel. But, unless you’re a federal grants expert, you may have some difficulty pinning down the Uniform Guidance’s main goal.

What is blog series logo

In plain English, the Uniform Guidance is simply a set of authoritative rules and regulations about federal grants from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This “guidance” is designed to keep everyone in the federal grants community – Congress, grant-making agencies, and applicants – on the same page.

Continue reading What Is the OMB’s ‘Uniform Guidance’ for Grants?

#FundingFriday: New Federal Grants Supporting Elementary Education, Study Abroad, Special Education, and more

Nearly 150 federal grants have been posted to Grants.gov already in 2017.

Funding Friday icon

Below are highlights of new funding opportunities that support various forms of education, including secondary, post-secondary, and special education:

1. Department of Justice – OVW FY 2017 Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus Program

The Campus Program encourages a comprehensive coordinated community approach that enhances victim safety, provides services for victims and supports efforts to hold offenders accountable. The funding supports activities that develop and strengthen trauma informed victim services and strategies to prevent, investigate, respond and prosecute sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

Continue reading #FundingFriday: New Federal Grants Supporting Elementary Education, Study Abroad, Special Education, and more

Grant Writing Basics: Make Sure You Are Eligible before Writing

Welcome to the Grant Writing Basics series, in which we will provide you with tips and advice for writing grant applications on Grants.gov. Our goal is to provide the essential info—the basics to begin building (i.e., writing) on a solid foundation.

The first grant writing tip? Save yourself time by confirming you are eligible to apply for the grant before you begin strategizing or writing the application.

grant writing basics icon

This may seem, well, basic, but we want to avoid assumptions. If you (i.e., the organization you are applying on behalf of) do not meet the specific eligibility requirements, then you cannot receive the grant funds.

Continue reading Grant Writing Basics: Make Sure You Are Eligible before Writing

#FundingFriday: New Grants in the New Year

With a new year, there are also new opportunities to apply for federal grants. Federal agencies have posted over 25 opportunities so far in 2017, so here’s a sampling of the array of grants you should look into.

Funding Friday icon

1. Department of Justice (DOJ) – Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Program

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) posted this discretionary grant program that provides or enhances training and services to address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation—including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, involving victims who are 50 years of age or older. Continue reading #FundingFriday: New Grants in the New Year

Release 15.4 Preview: Completing Federal Grant Application Forms in Your Web Browser

In part one of our Release 15.4 preview, we introduced the process by which applicants can simplify the management of their Grants.gov accounts.

In part two of our Release 15.4 preview, we are highlighting the arrival of online Workspace forms to Grants.gov.

Previously, all federal grant applications on Grants.gov comprised Adobe PDF forms – either as a single package of forms, or – in Workspace – as downloadable individual forms. Now, federal grant applicants can complete forms within their web browser on a desktop computer, laptop, or mobile device, such as a tablet.

Online Forms Illustration
Meet Tricia, a federal grant applicant at a university’s office of sponsored research.

What are the appeals of using online forms vs. PDF forms? Let’s take an applicant named Tricia at a university’s office of sponsored research, as our example.

Continue reading Release 15.4 Preview: Completing Federal Grant Application Forms in Your Web Browser

What’s the Plan? Grants.gov in 2017

With the recent New Year Holiday now in the rearview mirror, we want to let you, the grants community, know what you can look forward to from Grants.gov in 2017.

1. Applying with online forms in Workspace will become the standard way to apply for grants on Grants.gov.

online forms iconComplete your application package in Workspace with the option of filling out individual, online forms or individual, fillable PDF forms. For more detailed information, review the Workspace Overview page.

Continue reading What’s the Plan? Grants.gov in 2017