We value your feedback and want to improve Grants.gov, so we currently have two website usability activities—card sorting and tree test—open for your input until this Friday, May 25, 2018. We asked the #GrantChat community for their feedback:
What do you think of when you hear “government grants”? One thing we have learned as a program is this—a person or organization’s specific desires and goals shape how they re-define “government grants” so that they should receive funding. This re-defining of grants to suit ones needs has led to many misconceptions about what federal grants are actually for.
As our blog name suggests, we are all about connecting and supporting the federal grants community. On May 1st, we had a great time during the weekly #GrantChat on Twitter. In the #GrantChat Highlights 5-part series, we will recap key questions and share your contributions to the community.
What is the “grants community”? What does it mean to you?
We refer to the grants community often, so it’s important to reflect on and define what we – and other members of the community – mean:
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This seemingly simple question requires a complex answer, so we have simplified it to four sections: (1) basic definitions, (2) five differences between grants and contracts, (3) examples of a grant and contract to illustrate these differences, and (4) resources for more information.
When you receive an unprompted call or email that promises money in exchange for a fee or your personal information, do not give the scammer your money or information.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently published a helpful resource, and we wanted to share three facts that will help you avoid becoming a grant scam victim:
Tuesday, May 1st at noon EST, we will be guest hosts on #GrantChat on Twitter. Join the conversation with the grants community to meet peers, share resources, and learn about federal grants.
Here is a preview of the questions we will discuss, so bring your ideas, input, and follow-up questions to Twitter May 1st at noon!
Chat Questions Preview
It is easy to be intimidated when you first encounter a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on Grants.gov.
There are the four tabs of content. The technical language culled from industry and government programs. Application forms, some of which may require file attachments. And, of course, there is the shiver-inducing closing date.
While telling a story about a vacation to Venice, Italy, Gil Tran, Senior Policy Analyst for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), described Venice as a beautiful and unique city where, “you’re always going to get lost when you’re in it.” Despite its layout, he said, “When you get lost, that’s when you discover all the gems.”
According to Tran, this is how grant professionals ought to dive into and enjoy the OMB Uniform Guidance (or the “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards” for those who prefer its full name). Immerse yourselves and get lost, only to discover the wonderful “nuggets” of regulations governing your federal award experience.
While many of you may have a less enchanted, more pragmatic approach to grant administration, you nonetheless need to know the latest about the Uniform Guidance.
There’s a lot going on under the star-spangled top hat of SAM.gov.
Grants.gov users know SAM.gov as the website on which they need to register in order to do business with the U.S. government. On SAM.gov, users can create an entity registration, update or renew an entity registration, check status of an entity registration, and search for entity registration and exclusion records.
But a new, beta version of the website still in development promises to make the site’s feature set far more expansive.
Plans are in place to consolidate under SAM.gov 10 existing federal award systems that are managed by the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Integrated Award Environment. These systems handle assistance listings, contract opportunities, wage determinations, and sub-award data, among other things.
Image credit: GSA.gov