#FundingFriday: Federal Grants for Small Businesses, Preserving Cultural Heritage, Cataloging Geophysical Data, and More

New federal grant announcements from this week span a wide range of fields and industries. To see a complete list of new grants, visit the Grants.gov Search page.

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1. Small Business Administration – SCORE

The SCORE Program is designed to provide high quality business and economic development assistance to existing small businesses and nascent (pre-venture) entrepreneurs. SCORE helps small businesses access capital, develop and exchange new technologies, and improve business planning, strategy, operations, financial management, personnel administration, marketing, export assistance, sales and other areas required for growth and expansion, management improvement, increased productivity and innovation.

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Thank You for Your Feedback in the User Survey

Thank you, grants community, for the great response to the Grants.gov User Survey!

In August, we asked you for your honest opinions on a range of topics, and over 6,000 of you from the applicant and grantor communities shared your feedback.

  • 33% of applicant responses came from nonprofit organizations
  • 17% of applicant responses came from state and local governments
  • Statistically significant response rates also came from 9 other groups, which are: academic institutions, individuals, small businesses, for-profit organizations, tribal organizations, public housing authorities, research institutions, faith-based organizations, and grantors

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Questions and Answers from Grants.gov’s Town Hall Webinars

On December 5th and 7th Grants.gov held town hall-style webinars so that users could have their questions answered about Grants.gov Workspace and the upcoming retirement of the Legacy PDF application method.

What follows is a summary of the discussion during the two webinars.

In some cases, questions have been combined to minimize repetition. Also, we have added links to relevant training resources where applicable to shorten those answers.

The full video recording, available here and embedded below, is from the Dec. 7th webinar.


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A More Efficient Approach to Submitting a Federal Grant Application

As the Legacy PDF retirement deadline nears, some applicant organizations are preparing to apply using Grants.gov Workspace for the very first time.

We recently sketched out a basic application scenario in which only one or two people have Grants.gov accounts.

In this post, we sketch out another scenario – one that involves a team of 3-5 registered applicants who prefer to fill out Grants.gov webforms instead of PDF forms.

Intermediate path for Workspace. Best path for organizations with 3-5 registered Grants.gov users

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What Is a Subaward and a Subrecipient?

To understand the definitions of “subaward” and “subrecipient”, it helps to think in terms of a grant that has just been won. If you are not sure what an “award” is, start with the What Is an Award? post then come back.

Rather than the grantor (i.e., the grant-making agency) entrusting just one entity with carrying out a federal program, sometimes multiple awardees will shoulder the responsibilities.

In such cases, one entity – the one who submitted the grant application – will serve as a pass-through to the partnering entities, which are called subrecipients.

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A Basic Approach to Submitting Your First Workspace Application

As the Legacy PDF retirement deadline nears, applicant organizations are preparing to apply using Grants.gov Workspace for the first time.

Basic approach to Workspace is the best path for organizations with 1-2 registered Grants.gov users

Let’s flesh out an applicant scenario that some new Workspace users will face:

You are about to begin your first federal grant application using Grants.gov Workspace. For years, you (and sometimes one other colleague) applied using the old Legacy PDF Application Package.

 

You traded a package of PDF forms back and forth until you were ready to cross your fingers and click Submit. It was never easy, but you had grown comfortable with the painstaking process. Now, with the upcoming retirement of the Legacy PDF, you are trying to learn the new Grants.gov method for applying.

 

Below you will find an example approach for applying with Workspace that keeps to the familiar workflow as much as possible.

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#FundingFriday: New Federal Grants from NARA, IMLS and DOE

Nearly 100 new federal grants were announced this week by the National Archives and Records Administration, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Department of Energy, among other agencies. Below are a few highlights from this week’s announcements.

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1. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) – State Board Programming Grants

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals that strengthen the nation’s archival network through activities undertaken by state historical records advisory boards. The purpose of this grant program is to assist state boards to broaden preservation of, and increased online access to, historical records; develop and promote best practices; support activities that put the American people in touch with primary sources in their communities and online; promote the institutional advancement of organizations in underserved communities; and assist locally based repositories with training and tools to improve their stewardship abilities.

 

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Grants.gov Is Live–What You Need to Know

And we’re back! Thank you for your patience. Release 16.1 is up and running, so here is what you need to know:release161-postlaunch-blog

Connect [New] – Improved funding opportunity subscription management, email notifications, and social media access.

Outreach [Moved] – To accommodate the new neighbor, Outreach moved in with Support. The calendar, notices, releases, and other info previously in the Outreach tab can now be found in the Support tab.

Register [Upgraded] – Create an account to utilize the enhanced subscription services. Add a profile to apply for grants.

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Grants.gov Release This Weekend—See You Monday

Beginning this Saturday, November 18, 2017, Grants.gov will add improvements to funding opportunity subscription management, Grants.gov account registration, and Workspace. The website will be back up on November 20th.

Grants.gov Release 16.1 on November 18-20

Release 16.1’s Workspace enhancements will, among other things, improve form copy functionality—this feature allows you to copy previous Workspace forms into another Workspace to save time on filling out those forms. Here are the specifics:

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What Is an Award?

When you hear the word “award,” do you envision the federal government conferring funding to you to implement a public-serving project? Some of you grant professionals did, but it is understandable if you thought of this year’s Best Film, the league MVP debate, or your child’s T-ball participation trophy.

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