Video: Can I Get a Federal Grant for My Small Business?

We often hear from entrepreneurs and small business owners who are seeking federal grants to support their activities.

The promise of “free money” to launch or grow a business is alluring. But, is there any truth to the idea?

In the following video, we address this question and provide additional tips for entrepreneurs and small business owners looking for government funding.

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Go Deep: Adding Subforms to a Grants.gov Workspace

If you’re lucky, your next federal grant application will be pretty straightforward. You will need to complete the SF-424, of course, and then a few additional forms. But – fingers crossed – hopefully you won’t be thrown any curve balls.

One such challenging pitch to hit might be the need to add subforms to a parent form within your workspace.

Adding and completing subforms in Grants.gov Workspace is different than it was in the Legacy PDF Application Package. No longer are subforms extracted from the parent form. In Workspace, subforms are added below the parent form within the Forms tab.

The following instructions walk you step-by-step through the process, in hopes that if you are thrown the ole’ subform curveball on your next application you will recognize it right away and be able to hit it out of the park:

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Video: How to Create a Grants.gov Workspace & Begin Work on Your Application

With the retirement of the Legacy PDF Package on December 31, 2017, Grants.gov saw an influx of new applicant users registering accounts and preparing to submit their first application using Grants.gov Workspace.

If you’re one of these applicants who are new to Grants.gov Workspace, we encourage you to watch and bookmark the video embedded below.

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Grants Management: Bringing Insight from the HHS Conference to You

Over 77,000 grants awarded to more than 11,000 recipients—a total exceeding $480 billion in FY 2017 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—is significant. As Andrea Brandon, Deputy Assistant Secretary of HHS’ Office of Grants and Acquisition Policy and Accountability (OGAPA), explained at the conference, this makes HHS the largest grant-making agency in the U.S. and globally.

Grants.gov Community Blog subscribers may recall the invitation to attend OGAPA’s 2018 Grants Management Conference on January 9, 2018. While OGAPA hosted hundreds of attendees—both federal grantors and some applicants—there were many of you who could not make it to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Natcher Conference Center.

Photo of an ice-breaker activity to warm up the 2018 Grants Management Conference crowd

Today, we look back on two key themes from the conference. Over the coming weeks, we will share other updates and information about grants management and the federal grant lifecycle from the conference.

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#FundingFriday: 2,000+ Grants Open Today—Here’s 4 Posted this Week

As of this morning, February 9, 2018, there are over 2,000 federal funding opportunities open on Grants.gov. Below are four new grants posted this week for you to consider. Before investing time to apply, be sure to confirm that you are eligible to receive the award.

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Release 16.2 Preview: Custom Roles to Give Applicant Organizations More Control

Grants.gov will soon give applicant organizations more control over the roles they can assign to their team members within Grants.gov.

Beginning with Release 16.2 in April, organizations will be able to create custom roles and assign these roles to the users affiliated with their organization.

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OMB Publishes Free Online Grants Management Training

Chief Financial Officers Council logoDo you want the grants training for federal grant managers? The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) initially developed the Grants 101 Training for federal government employees, but now these eLearning modules are available as a resource for you.

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New to Grants.gov? Watch Our ‘Intro to Grants.gov’ Videos

The retirement of the Legacy PDF Application Package and the applicant migration to Grants.gov Workspace are bringing many new users to the system.

As a result, some of you may find our Introduction to Grants.gov video series – recently refreshed – particularly helpful.

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#FundingFriday: 5 Federal Grants Closing by the End of January

The end of January is coming up, which means the federal grants community is ramping up for the busy spring time (we’re only 2 months from the astronomical start of spring!). Before we get ahead of ourselves, you may need to finish up your grant applications for one of the five opportunities below.

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Close Date: January 22, 2018

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