Help Your Community Learn & Grow: Participate in the 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 Community Discussion Forum. In June, added the discussion forum (login required) so that applicants, grantors and others with a account have a place to gather online, ask questions, and share resources.

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Release 16.3 Preview: Related Opportunities, Password Reset & More

In October, will bring a set of enhancements and updates to improve the user experience with Release 16.3. Here are a few highlights: will enhance security in the password reset process with an email authentication step.

Email Validation with Temporary Codes

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Search, Subscribe, and Share from the App

With the new 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 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 Mobile App. Enter a keyword to search.

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The latest release simplified the process for creating a workspace and also introduced a mobile app to boot. But that’s not all!

Registered users can now contribute to and collaborate in the discussion forum. Just login to, then click the Discussion Forum link under the Connect tab. Discussion Forum banner

Here’s what you will find in the forum:

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Download the Mobile App

Now you can easily search for federal grant opportunities on your mobile device and setup different notifications—for new grants that meet your saved search criteria or changes to grants you are interested in. The official Mobile App is available for download today from Apple’s App Store or from Google Play.

The Mobile App

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Release 16.2 This Weekend, April 21-22

This weekend is undergoing maintenance for Release 16.2, so the system will not be available until Monday, April 23, 2018. Also next week, the Mobile App will go live in Google Play and the Apple App Store.

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To review the upcoming enhancements, you can read these Release Preview blog posts:

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Release 16.2 Preview: Core Roles and Custom Roles in Workspace

With the coming system update, is adding “custom roles.” We will still have “core roles” (i.e., Workspace Manager, Standard AOR, and Expanded AOR), which the majority of applicant organizations will continue to use.

Custom roles will allow “the privileges associated with these roles…to be mixed and matched with custom roles that applicant organizations can create and name for their own internal workflows.”

If this sounds like it may work better with your grant application process, more detailed information is available in the Release 16.2 Preview: Custom Roles to Give Applicant Organizations More Control post.

Pros and Cons for Using Custom Roles

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Release Preview: Applying Made More Clear in R16.2

Based on community feedback, we are making it easier to start your grant application. After the release goes live April 23rd, you will find a red Apply button on the View Grant Opportunity page regardless of which tab of the funding opportunity announcement you are in.

View Grant Opportunity page

If you are not logged in to, the Apply button will first direct you to log in to, then you can quickly create a workspace to begin your grant application.

Before Release 16.2 goes live, to start your grant application you need to navigate to the View Grant Opportunity page, access the Package tab, click the Apply link in the tab, then click the Create Workspace button. So, this change saves you a couple clicks and some time.

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SAM Updates Its Registration Process

Last week, the System for Award Management (SAM) updated its registration process, which is required before an organization can receive a federal grant. Now, when you register a new entity in SAM to do business with the U.S. government, SAM requires you to send an original, signed notarized letter stating you are the authorized entity administrator before SAM will activate your registration.

System for Award Management logo

Wondering to yourself, “How do I complete my entity administrator notarized letter?” Read this FAQ from the Federal Service Desk (FSD) for more information.

Looking for more detailed information about this change, who is impacted, or wondering why it was made? Read this SAM Update from the General Services Administration (GSA).

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Official Mobile App (Coming Soon)

In late April, will release a mobile app that gives applicants convenient access to search and notification tools when they are away from their desk. The app will be available on both the Google Play and iTunes app stores.

Search by keyword, CFDA number, or agency code

While you won’t be able to apply for a grant from within the app, you will be able to do the following: Continue reading Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Official Mobile App (Coming Soon)