Anyone who is new to federal grants may feel overwhelmed by the complex forms and the prospect of managing and reporting on the use of federal award funds. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a place to ask questions and have them answered by more seasoned federal grants pros?
Good news: There is – in the Grants.gov Community Discussion Forum. In June, Grants.gov added the discussion forum (login required) so that applicants, grantors and others with a Grants.gov account have a place to gather online, ask questions, and share resources.
In the weeks since its launch, the forum has begun to draw contributors. For example, some of the questions posed by users include:
- “Does anyone have some good resources for training?”
- “For the Susan Harwood Training Grant 2018, to whom should the Letters of Support be addressed?”
- “I am trying to figure out if I would be considered a nonprofit organization or a small business.”
- “In the budget worksheet, do you enter a subrecipient’s budget under the line item for subs or do you break it out the same way for the prime?”
- “I have many Grants.gov accounts across several organizations. Is there a way to merge them?”
Do you want to provide an answer to one of the above questions? Want to ask your own question and crowdsource the community for insight?
We encourage you to set aside a few minutes each week to browse the forum’s Applicant threads and see how you might contribute to this upstart community.