The legacy PDF application package will be retired on December 31, 2017.
In the past, applicants have downloaded and filled out a single, big, stitched PDF application package that contained all the forms (i.e., the “legacy PDF application package”). To work as a team, you had to email the file back-and-forth while making sure all are using the same exact version of Adobe software.
How Do I Apply for a Grant, Then?!
To improve your application experience with Grants.gov, we launched Workspace in October 2015. Since its launch, we have added functionality and developed training resources that have helped many applicants transition to Workspace.
By December 31, 2017, the 2+ year lead time for transitioning will end and the legacy PDF application package will be retired.
Okay, I Get It. How Do I Apply using Workspace?
We can help with that. First, read through this overview of how to apply for grants using Workspace, which has pages that explain the full process and roles. There are links to more specific instructions on those pages as well.
Prefer video? Watch the Learning Workspace Video Series below:
If you are still looking for more, read through the Workspace Roles 3-part series on how the core roles work together as a team: #1 Manage Workspace Role, #2 Workspace Participants, and #3 Authorized Organizational Representatives (AOR) Role.
There’s also online help covering how-to instructions and finer details of the system. Of course, as you use workspace there are blue question mark icons that link directly to help articles for that page.
Please let us know what you think in the comments below or on Twitter @grantsdotgov.