Release 16.0 Preview: Introducing the Progress Bar

Since launching Workspace in 2015, Grants.gov has continued to enhance its collaborative features for applicants. Several new features will be available when Release 16.0 is deployed on June 19, 2017.

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Our first Release 16.0 preview post highlighted changes to user roles and access levels that will allow Workspace Owners to control access to budget forms and to add participants from outside organizations.

Another upcoming enhancement is the addition of the new progress bar at the top of the workspace.

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How the Government Prepares Grant Application Forms – Part 3

In Parts 1 and Part 2 of this series, we discussed the two phases of developing grant application forms: content approvals by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and technical development by Grants.gov.

The time required to deploy new or updated forms largely depends on the amount of technical development that is needed.

The graphic below estimates the different deployment timelines for cosmetic, minor, moderate, and major form changes. Click on the graphic to view its full-size version.

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#FundingFriday: Federal Grants Supporting Unique Educational Programs

This week’s #FundingFriday post highlights grant opportunities supporting educational initiatives from the Departments of State and Education. The programs serve veterans, children with disabilities as well as populations in the Middle East, Pakistan and India.

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1. Department of State, U.S. Mission to Pakistan – English Language Teacher Exchange

The project will promote the development of English language, classroom pedagogy, community engagement and leadership skills of the participants through first-hand experience and networking with English language teaching peers in the United States. Through teamwork activities, the program will develop participants’ classroom, leadership, communication skills, and teacher trainer skills. In addition to enhancing the participants’ ability to implement effective English language programs in Pakistan, the exchange program will provide participants a better understanding of the United States, its people, and its democratic values.
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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.

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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?

#FundingFriday: 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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