The time has come to bid a final goodbye to the Legacy PDF Application Package. After March 31, 2017, Grants.gov will no longer accept Legacy PDF submissions.
Going forward, Grants.gov users should apply by creating a workspace on the View Grant Opportunity page of the desired grant. For first time users, try the basic approach to Workspace:
We have posted below a recording of a recent webinar demonstration that walks you step by step through the application process.
Continue reading Grants.gov Workspace & Goodbye to Legacy PDF
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.
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.
Continue reading Updated Instructions for Grantors to Include in Funding Opportunity Announcements
With Release 16.1, Grants.gov will be adding an Opportunity Subscription Management feature that allows users to update their subscriptions to saved searches and funding opportunities. (Currently, once a subscription is created, there is no way to update it). This enhancement will be deployed on November 20, 2017.
Here are some of the features coming with the release:
Logged-in users will be able to subscribe to a funding opportunity – including forecast, synopsis and package – with a single click on the View Grant Opportunity page. Also, users can save searches from the Search Grants page.
Continue reading Release 16.1 Preview: Enhancements to Opportunity and Saved Search Subscriptions
For years, applicants have applied for federal grants by submitting a package of PDF forms.
But on Dec. 31, 2017, Grants.gov will officially retire the legacy PDF package as a method to apply for a federal grant. Why? There’s now a fast, easy, and secure alternative to apply for federal grants called Workspace.
Continue reading Grants.gov Workspace: Fast, Easy to Use, and Secure
The latest updates to the Grants.gov system bring significant improvements to Workspace to better accommodate our diverse group of applicants. Below are the essentials for this release and links to more detailed information.
Continue reading Grants.gov Release 16.0 Is Live! Here’s What You Need to Know
Since launching Workspace in 2015, Grants.gov has continued to enhance its collaborative features for applicants. Several new features will be available when Release 16.0 is deployed on June 19, 2017.
Our first Release 16.0 preview post highlighted changes to user roles and access levels that will allow Workspace Owners to control access to budget forms and to add participants from outside organizations.
Another upcoming enhancement is the addition of the new progress bar at the top of the workspace.
Continue reading Release 16.0 Preview: Introducing the Progress Bar
This June, Grants.gov applicants will be able to take advantage of a range of new features when managing their application workflow within Workspace.
With the Legacy PDF going away at the end of 2017, users have begun familiarizing themselves with Grants.gov Workspace, an online interface that streamlines many of the more challenging aspects of collaborating on a federal grant application.
Enhancements coming to Workspace with Release 16.0 include the arrival of forms-level access and the ability to add participants from other (external) organizations.
Continue reading Release 16.0 Preview: New Privileges for Workspace Owners Coming Soon
The legacy PDF application package will be retired on December 31, 2017.
If you don’t know what that means and missed our previous blog posts here and here, or the Grants.gov Notices page, here’s a quick summary:
In the past, applicants have downloaded and filled out a single, big, stitched PDF application package that contained all the forms (i.e., the “legacy PDF application package”). To work as a team, you had to email the file back-and-forth while making sure all are using the same exact version of Adobe software. Continue reading It’s Going Away: The Legacy PDF Application Package Will Be Retired.
Last year brought a lot of changes and enhancements to the Grants.gov program, and you can find detailed information and statistics in the Grants.gov Annual Report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016.
If you don’t have time to read through the full report, here are a few key highlights from FY16:
Continue reading Grants.gov FY2016 Annual Report Highlights
We have launched Release 15.4 for Grants.gov, which brings a few improvements to the website.
#1 Updated Homepage
Based on user feedback and usage analytics, we have redesigned the Grants.gov homepage to highlight the information you are already searching for and using.
If there is something you cannot find, please let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @grantsdotgov and we’ll help you find it.
#2 Streamlined Future Account Management
Continue reading Grants.gov Update is Live—What You Need to Know