Exploring Eligibility: Federal Disaster Assistance for Damaged Homes & More

The Exploring Eligibility blog series previously covered the general availability of federal grants for home repairs, among other topics. This follow-up post focuses on grants and other forms of financial assistance associated with federally-declared disaster zones.

Hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, forest fires and other natural disasters can leave deep scars on the communities they impact. Homes and property can be damaged or destroyed. Jobs and businesses can be lost. Lives can be upended.

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When a natural disaster strikes and a region is declared a federal disaster zone, the U.S. government can authorize several forms of assistance designed to help impacted communities recover and rebuild.

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Grant Agency Spotlight: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

In continuing the grant agency spotlight series, we look at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its work to protect the safety and security of our nation.

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What Does DHS Do?

DHS is focused on protecting our nation and serving the public good. The overall mission of DHS is: “With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.”

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Shape the Future of Grants.gov

Community Conversations iconWe want to hear about your experiences with Grants.gov. Your feedback will shape future updates and improvements to Grants.gov.

For the Grants.gov team, your success is our success. So, how can Grants.gov help you succeed? Our first step is learning where we are already supporting you well and where there is room for improvement.

What do you love about the website? Are there things about it that make you cringe? How can we make your work easier? We want to hear it all!

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Let us know how we are doing by responding to the Grants.gov User Survey. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. You have the power to shape the future of Grants.gov!

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#FundingFriday: Grants with Deadlines Coming Up

The finish line for these funding opportunities is very close—submit your applications before Labor Day weekend! If you want to apply for these grants, we recommend submitting your application package at least 24-48 hours before the close date. Here are a couple other grant writing tips to avoid last minute problems.

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Grant Agency Spotlight: Department of Health and Human Services

Nearly every week, 50 or more new grant opportunities are posted to Grants.gov by federal grant-making agencies. Each of these grants aims to support a specific government objective – such as protecting our parks, funding research and development, or strengthening underserved communities. This blog series spotlights federal grant-making agencies and the causes to which they are dedicated in service to the general public.

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What does the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) do?

HHS is the government champion for “enhancing and protecting the health and well-being of all Americans… by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services.”

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#FundingFriday: New Federal Grant Opportunities Posted This Week

More than 100 new funding opportunities have been published on Grants.gov this week, including announcements from the Departments of Interior, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and State. Grants highlighted below fund Mission blue butterfly translocation, data reporting for AIDS relief in the Republic of Zambia and a “Schools as Community Centers” pilot in Albania.

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Updated Instructions for Grantors to Include in Funding Opportunity Announcements

If you have followed this blog for more than a week, you have heard about Grants.gov Workspace—the standard federal grants application method on Grants.gov.

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For those of you federal grant managers out there, you also know how much work goes into developing and posting a funding opportunity announcement (FOA). In addition to all the programmatic and financial information and requirements, there are also the nuts-and-bolts how-to instructions to guide applicants in responding and applying for the grant.

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Recent Comments & Replies from the Grants.gov Community Blog

This blog supports a growing community made up of applicants, grantors, and individuals who are exploring the world of federal grants – sometimes for the very first time. Here we share a few of the most recent questions and comments posed by community members and readers.

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Commenting on “It’s Going Away: The Legacy PDF Application Package Will Be Retired

“As a Grantor, what does this mean for the application packages that we download and process? Our software expects to see a zip file containing the SF424, attachments, manifest, etc. Thanks in advance for any guidance you can provide.” –Kevin

Hi Kevin, Thanks for the question! Nothing will change on your end. You will still get the same zip file containing the SF424, attachments, manifest, etc. –Grants.gov

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#FundingFriday: Top 5 Most Viewed Grants in August (So Far)

Which funding opportunities are getting the most looks by you and other prospective grant applicants? Through the first 10 days of August, here are the 5 most viewed grants posted by different grant-making agencies:

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Release 16.1 Preview: Enhancements to Opportunity and Saved Search Subscriptions

With Release 16.1, Grants.gov will be adding an Opportunity Subscription Management feature that allows users to update their subscriptions to saved searches and funding opportunities. (Currently, once a subscription is created, there is no way to update it). This enhancement will be deployed on November 20, 2017.

Here are some of the features coming with the release:

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Logged-in users will be able to subscribe to a funding opportunity – including forecast, synopsis and package – with a single click on the View Grant Opportunity page. Also, users can save searches from the Search Grants page.

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