Many federal agencies conduct similar types of work, such as awarding federal grants. While the mission and specific goals of each grant program vary, many of the processes for posting, applying for, managing, and reporting on federal grants are the same. This is where federal shared services come in. Rather than each agency developing & maintaining the same services, the costs and benefits are shared. In this role, Grants.gov serves its purpose—to be a shared service for both the public and federal agencies.
While Grants.gov is managed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), it is utilized by federal grant-making agencies to post grant opportunities for any eligible entity to apply for. To increase the importance and use of federal shared services, Executive Order 13781 and OMB Memorandum M-17-22 have instructed federal agencies to find even more ways to work efficiently and effectively in service to their public purposes.
Over the last ten years, Grants.gov has grown and upgraded based on user feedback from both applicants and grantors and we plan to continue to do so. For a historical look, you can find more detailed system updates on the Grants.gov Releases page or FY 2016 Annual Report.
To improve the user experience and make this shared service more useful to you in the future, we continue to plan future releases with updates to the system. Subscribe to this blog to receive release preview posts so that you can stay in the know.
Your responses to this survey will help us shape the future of Grants.gov. The survey closes September 15th, so take about 15 minutes to complete it today.