Shared Services: Using Grants.gov Web Services With Other Grant Systems

If you have spent a year or more in the federal grants world – whether as an applicant or as a federal employee – you may have noted the wide range of federal grant systems that are used across the government.

It is lesser known among grant pros that Grants.gov has created a range of web services – often called application programming interfaces (or APIs) outside the grant world – that system administrators can use to link their grant systems to Grants.gov.

S2S Illustration

An example of this from everyday life is a blogging platform that gives users the option to publish a blog post via a third-party email client (by sending an email to a specific address).

Similarly, Grants.gov can integrate with other grant systems to streamline workflows for both applicants and grantors. Grants.gov refers to this type of integration as System-to-System (S2S).

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We’re Listening: Updates Coming Soon to Opportunity Forecast Listings on Grants.gov

In the coming weeks, in this space and on Twitter, we will be highlighting upcoming updates to Grants.gov and the Grants.gov Mobile App (iOS | Android).

Many of the upcoming enhancements – scheduled to arrive on March 18 – are being developed, in part, because of user feedback.

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User Feedback: The Most Popular Features in a Grants.gov Workspace

If you’ve spent any time on Grants.gov, you have likely been prompted on the homepage to provide user feedback.

We know surveys like these take time to complete, but we appreciate when our users participate. This feedback helps us to continue bringing new features and other improvements to the Grants.gov system.

Since Workspace launched way back in 2015, our surveys have been asking users to name their favorite – or most helpful – Workspace features.

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3 Tips for Users Registering as an Organization Applicant on Grants.gov

If you need to register an account with Grants.gov for the first time, you will find the process relatively straightforward. Recent updates to the system have greatly streamlined this process.

All the standard fields you would expect are there, such as Name, Email Address, Phone Number, Username and Password. That said, there are a few tips you will want to keep in mind when you arrive at the Registration page.

 

1. You’ll need a strong password containing no dictionary words.

The password requirements for creating a Grants.gov user account are as follows (pay special attention to the last requirement – recently added – which we have italicized):

“Your password must contain at least eight characters including: at least one uppercase letter (A-Z); at least one lowercase letter (a-z); at least one number (0-9); and at least one special character (e.g. ! @ # $ % ^ & *). Your password must not contain dictionary words, names, or your Username.”

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Workspace Tips & Tricks: How to Create a Custom Role in Grants.gov

Sometimes the standard Grants.gov user roles – Expanded AOR, Standard AOR, and Workspace Manager – can be insufficiently rigid for applicant organizations.

Thus, an organization may want to create custom roles that can be assigned in place of the standard Grants.gov roles.

Workspace Tips and Tricks

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New System Enhancements for Users at Grant-Making Agencies

Recent updates to the Grants.gov system have brought welcome new features for users at federal grant-making agencies. These enhancements are discussed in detail in the online user guide. Below, we provide an overview of the changes, along with links to help resources.

New: Login with your PIV card

Grantors can now link a PIV or CAC card to their Grants.gov account. Doing so will give users the option of accessing their account with either the PIV/CAC card or their username and password.

Help Article | Video

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5 Things You Might Not Know About Workspace

Even if you have applied for federal grants using Grants.gov Workspace, you might not be aware of all the features available to applicants.

Workspace Tips and Tricks

Below are five things you might not know about Workspace, along with help articles that walk you through each action.

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Updates to the Mobile App: Calendar, Public Search, Tracking & Social Media

The Grants.gov app launched in April 2018 to give you access to Grants.gov search and notification tools while on the go. With thousands of downloads and thoughtful feedback from our users, Grants.gov has released an update with more of the features you asked for.

First of all, thank you to everyone who has rated the app and provided feedback on both Google Play and Apple’s App Store. Your feedback has driven the Grants.gov team to make the following improvements:

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