Help Your Community Learn & Grow: Participate in the Grants.gov Discussion Forum

Anyone who is new to federal grants may feel overwhelmed by the complex forms and the prospect of managing and reporting on the use of federal award funds. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a place to ask questions and have them answered by more seasoned federal grants pros?

Good news: There is – in the Grants.gov Community Discussion Forum. In June, Grants.gov added the discussion forum (login required) so that applicants, grantors and others with a Grants.gov account have a place to gather online, ask questions, and share resources.

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Grantor User Story: Retrieving Submissions & Assigning Agency Tracking Numbers

The application deadline for Trish’s grant program has come and gone, so now she is ready to get those applications into the application review process. Trish would also like to add agency tracking numbers to give her applicants the opportunity to see the status of their application. (If you missed previous installments of Trish’s story, click here and here)

Trish user story: I need to retrieve all opportunity submissions and assign tracking numbers to each.

Retrieving the Submissions

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Release 16.3 Preview: Related Opportunities, Password Reset & More

In October, Grants.gov will bring a set of enhancements and updates to improve the user experience with Release 16.3. Here are a few highlights:

Grants.gov will enhance security in the password reset process with an email authentication step.

Email Validation with Temporary Codes

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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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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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Infographic and Video of the Application Workflow for Organizations

Applying for a federal grant can feel daunting – even for a seasoned veteran. The average federal grant application involves a multitude of decisions, from filling in form fields to communicating with collaborators.

The following graphic and its accompanying video break this complicated endeavor into four high-level phases.

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Search, Subscribe, and Share from the Grants.gov App

With the new Grants.gov mobile app (on Google Play and Apple’s App Store), it is easier than ever to quickly search for, subscribe to, and share federal funding opportunities on the go.

Got a couple of minutes before your next meeting? Waiting in line for coffee?

Open the Grants.gov app & run a quick search for grants on the topic of your choice. You can even segment your search by funding provider.

Quick Search screen of the Grants.gov Mobile App. Enter a keyword to search.

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Applicant Scenarios: Subrecipients’ Filling Out Application Forms without a Grants.gov Account

Want us to address one of your organization’s scenarios? Post your scenario in the Grants.gov Discussion Forum for help from the grants community (login required).

We are sometimes asked to fill out a subaward form by our prime. Is there a quick link to the subform available so we don't have to train our team to use Grants.gov Workspace?

This is a great question – and one that we have heard from other people who contribute to an organization’s application.

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Recap of Q&A at NCURA Conference

For those who did not make it to the Grants.gov webinar session at the NCURA Region V Conference on May 7, 2018, this post will catch you up!

Our team provided training and a demonstration of how to apply for federal grants using Grants.gov Workspace. Here’s a link to the Applicant Overview Training Presentation and training videos on the Grants.gov YouTube channel that provide a similar demonstration.

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NCURA Conference attendees also had follow-up questions, which means some of you are probably wondering the same things. Here are several key questions we heard from you:

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