You Still Have Time to Respond! Survey Closes Friday, September 22nd

There are only three days left to respond to the Grants.gov User Survey. We want to understand how you use our website and where we can improve.

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So far, we have received some thoughtful, constructive responses, but the more we hear, the better! Make your voice heard and encourage your friends and colleagues to complete the survey as well.

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What’s New with Grant Policies? DATA Act & OMB Memos

The 2017 fiscal year has been an important one for federal government grants. Milestones include the completion of a Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) pilot program and the release of the OMB M-17-26 Reducing Burden for Federal Agencies by Rescinding and Modifying OMB Memorandum.

For seasoned grant professionals, you have probably heard about the DATA Act and are familiar with memos from OMB that provide new guidance on how to better manage and implement grants.

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Shared Services in Federal Government & Grants.gov

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.

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Grant Agency Spotlight: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

In continuing the grant agency spotlight series, we look at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its work to protect the safety and security of our nation.

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What Does DHS Do?

DHS is focused on protecting our nation and serving the public good. The overall mission of DHS is: “With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.”

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Shape the Future of Grants.gov

Community Conversations iconWe want to hear about your experiences with Grants.gov. Your feedback will shape future updates and improvements to Grants.gov.

For the Grants.gov team, your success is our success. So, how can Grants.gov help you succeed? Our first step is learning where we are already supporting you well and where there is room for improvement.

What do you love about the website? Are there things about it that make you cringe? How can we make your work easier? We want to hear it all!

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Let us know how we are doing by responding to the Grants.gov User Survey. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. You have the power to shape the future of Grants.gov!

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Grant Agency Spotlight: Department of Health and Human Services

Nearly every week, 50 or more new grant opportunities are posted to Grants.gov by federal grant-making agencies. Each of these grants aims to support a specific government objective – such as protecting our parks, funding research and development, or strengthening underserved communities. This blog series spotlights federal grant-making agencies and the causes to which they are dedicated in service to the general public.

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What does the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) do?

HHS is the government champion for “enhancing and protecting the health and well-being of all Americans… by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services.”

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Updated Instructions for Grantors to Include in Funding Opportunity Announcements

If you have followed this blog for more than a week, you have heard about Grants.gov Workspace—the standard federal grants application method on Grants.gov.

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For those of you federal grant managers out there, you also know how much work goes into developing and posting a funding opportunity announcement (FOA). In addition to all the programmatic and financial information and requirements, there are also the nuts-and-bolts how-to instructions to guide applicants in responding and applying for the grant.

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Recent Comments & Replies from the Grants.gov Community Blog

This blog supports a growing community made up of applicants, grantors, and individuals who are exploring the world of federal grants – sometimes for the very first time. Here we share a few of the most recent questions and comments posed by community members and readers.

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Commenting on “It’s Going Away: The Legacy PDF Application Package Will Be Retired

“As a Grantor, what does this mean for the application packages that we download and process? Our software expects to see a zip file containing the SF424, attachments, manifest, etc. Thanks in advance for any guidance you can provide.” –Kevin

Hi Kevin, Thanks for the question! Nothing will change on your end. You will still get the same zip file containing the SF424, attachments, manifest, etc. –Grants.gov

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Grant Agency Spotlight: U.S. Department of Education

Nearly every week, 50 or more new grant opportunities are posted to Grants.gov by federal grant-making agencies. Each of these grants aims to support a specific government objective – such as protecting our parks, funding research and development, or strengthening underserved communities.

Agency Spotlight Blog SeriesThis new blog series spotlights the federal grant-making agencies and the causes to which they are dedicated in service to the general public.

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