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 SAM.gov registration.

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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 Grants.gov Mobile App (Coming Soon)

In late April, Grants.gov 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 Grants.gov Mobile App (Coming Soon)

Grants.gov Workspace & Goodbye to Legacy PDF

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:

workspace basic

We have posted below a recording of a recent webinar demonstration that walks you step by step through the application process.

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Grants.gov Release This Weekend—See You Monday

Beginning this Saturday, November 18, 2017, Grants.gov will add improvements to funding opportunity subscription management, Grants.gov account registration, and Workspace. The website will be back up on November 20th.

Grants.gov Release 16.1 on November 18-20

Release 16.1’s Workspace enhancements will, among other things, improve form copy functionality—this feature allows you to copy previous Workspace forms into another Workspace to save time on filling out those forms. Here are the specifics:

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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.

Continue reading Updated Instructions for Grantors to Include in Funding Opportunity Announcements

Release 16.1 Preview: Enhancements to Opportunity and Saved Search Subscriptions

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:

One-Click Saves

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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

Grants.gov Release 16.0 Is Live! Here’s What You Need to Know

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.

Release 16.0 is now live

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Release 16.0 Preview: Introducing the Progress Bar

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.

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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

Release 16.0 Preview: New Privileges for Workspace Owners Coming Soon

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.

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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.

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