5 Grant Applications Due in September #FundingFriday

Summer is coming to a close, which means the Labor Day Holiday is coming as well. Before we get into holiday mode, though, these 5 federal grants are due September 1st through 5th, so get your applications in soon. Areas include criminal justice, occupational safety, journalism, defense, and animal care research.

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Prepare for Reporting Requirements – Grant Writing Basics

When you receive a federal grant, you are receiving taxpayer dollars with the expectation you will successfully implement a public-serving project. Such projects can range from publishing scientific research results to creating apprenticeship opportunities for underrepresented populations to providing foreign aid and democratic development.

To ensure you (i.e., the award recipient) are using the funds ethically and efficiently, the federal government establishes grant reporting requirements. After you submit these reports, the grant-making agency then has staff who carefully review them to maintain transparency and to prevent fraud and abuse.

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User Story: A State Agency’s Annual Grant Application

April's user story: I work for a state agency, and it is time to submit the annual federal grant application. If possible, I don't want to fill out the same SF-424 again.

April knows the grant program her state agency applies for each year. She’s familiar with the process and requirements, and this year’s iteration of the grant has hardly changed from last year. So, April would like to be able to re-use last year’s work to save time.

For some of the new work in this year’s application, April needs to add two fellow staff members to the team in Grants.gov, but they cannot have access to any of the budget information.

Time-Savers: Reusing Forms & Copying a Past Workspace

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Peer Review Panels and the Federal Grant Application Evaluations Process

When preparing your federal grant application, you would do well to put yourself – and your team – in the shoes of the people who will be evaluating it. In this post, we will look specifically at grant opportunities that are evaluated (at least in part) with the aid of a peer review panel (Note: Not all are evaluated in this way).

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User Story: Federal Program Manager Prepares for the Closing Date

The clock is ticking down for Trish, a program manager at the Department of Health and Human Services, and for the organizations who are preparing to submit grant applications.

You may recall, in Part 1, we explained the process that Trish took to publish a new grant opportunity on Grants.gov. Since then, she has been focused on preparing for the peer review panels and other responsibilities. But now it is time to begin preparing for the posted grant’s closing date.

Trish - Federal grant manager - As the close date approaches, I need to be able to prepare for the review process and help my applicants.

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5 Grants for National Water Quality Month #FundingFriday

We all need it, so we need to protect our clean water supplies. As the National Science Foundation says, “Humanity depends upon the Earth’s physical resources and natural systems for food, energy, and water (FEW).” Below are U.S. Federal Government grants from DOI, EPA, NASA, NSF, and USDA that work to restore, improve, or sustain water quality and access.

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Video Playlist: Watch the Latest Tutorials in the Learning Workspace Video Series

Get your popcorn ready, everyone. The recently refreshed Learning Workspace Video Series provides step-by-step instructions for organization applicants using Grants.gov workspace.

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Now We’re Ready to Apply—Continuing Susan’s User Story

Susan user story: We targeted a grant, so now our Office of Sponsored Research is responsible for getting the team together and completing the application.

Now that Susan has been in her position for some time and has searched through grant opportunities, her university has targeted a specific grant to apply for. To do this well, and quickly, Susan needs to be able to ensure a faculty member, several Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) staff members, and two outside consultants can help with completing the application.

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Diet Soda or Regular? Orange Juice or Apple? Webforms or PDFs?

You are at a crossroads. Your workspace has been created. You have logged in and clicked over to the Forms tab. And now you face a decision point: Do you use webforms or PDF forms (or both)?

This decision – admittedly – is a bit more complicated than choosing between, say, two types of soda pop or fruit juice.

When applicants are set to begin work on application forms, they have to decide whether to fill out any given form in a web browser or in Adobe Reader/Acrobat. This training video – recently updated – explains the how-to of each approach to forms.

In this post, we lay out the reasoning and upsides for each option. If, by the end of this post, you still don’t know what to do, we have some good news for you, too.
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User Story: Applying for Federal Grants When Internet Connectivity Is Limited

Leo - I need to apply for a federal grant, but I have to drive a couple hours from our rural community to a town with internet access. As a result, I need to be able to fill out the grant application forms offline.

Grants.gov has long been attentive to the needs of applicants like Leo. One of the key benefits of the Grants.gov Workspace platform is that it can serve a range of applicant needs, including those applicants who must work on forms offline due to slow or intermittent access to internet.

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