In this space, we have previously shared tips about the pre-writing phase of completing a federal grant application – for example, the importance of reading (and re-reading) the grant announcement, and the importance of understanding the criteria by which your application will be evaluated.
In this post, we dip our toes into the grant writing process itself and share some tips about crafting a need statement. These tips are adapted from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources & Services Administration’s grant writing guide, titled “Tips for Writing and Submitting Good Grant Proposals”. Along with each tip, we also include an excerpt from an award-winning federal grant proposal that can be viewed in full on the website of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. (IMLS has an excellent collection of proposals that are worthy of review – especially for new federal grant applicants.)
Continue reading Grant Writing: 3 Tips for Crafting Need Statements in Federal Grant Proposals
Continuing our blog series on applicant resources from federal government agencies and offices, today we highlight one of the more comprehensive sets of training modules on offer from the U.S. Department of Education. In fact, there are currently ten self-paced e-learning courses available on ED.gov’s Grants Training and Management Resources page.
“While the topics focus primarily on fiscal issues, there are important concepts included in the trainings that are applicable to anyone involved in grants activities, either programmatic or fiscal,” reads a description of the resource.
Continue reading Resource: Self-Paced Grants Management Courses from the Department of Education
This post was originally published on April 18, 2017 and updated on February 20, 2019.
Grants.gov regularly receives a significant amount of queries from users hoping to apply for personal financial assistance from the federal government. These individuals might be looking for home repair grants or forms of disability assistance.
Others are unfortunately driven to Grants.gov by scam artists posing as agents of Grants.gov (or some made-up variant) who promise “free government grants” in exchange for monthly fees or gift cards.
Continue reading What Is the Difference Between Grants.gov and Benefits.gov?
“Can I get funding for my business?”
The short answer to this question is usually no, as we have explained in previous posts.
But there are cases where federal grants can be awarded to small businesses. One such case is with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
“These programs allow US-owned and operated small businesses to engage in federal research and development that has a strong potential for commercialization,” explains NIH on the programs’ website. “In Fiscal Year 2018, NIH’s SBIR and STTR programs will invest over 1 billion dollars into health and life science companies that are creating innovative technologies that align with NIH’s mission to improve health and save lives.”
Continue reading Applicant Resource: NIH Online Course ‘Entrepreneurial Finance for Biomedical Innovators’
Here at the Grants.gov Community Blog, we strive to highlight and produce federal grants-related resources that will remain useful long into the future.
If you missed any of these popular posts from the blog in 2018, now is your chance to get up to speed for the new year.
5 Popular Posts from 2018
“The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) initially developed its Grants 101 Training for federal government employees, but now these eLearning modules are available as a resource for you.” Read More >
Continue reading Last Year’s Most-Read Blog Posts: OMB Training, Peer Review Panels & More
Entrepreneurs and small business owners often ask us, “Can I get a government grant to support my enterprise?”
Perhaps they have an idea for a new business. Or maybe they are looking for funding to help grow their business.
Awhile back, we published a short video about this topic, but the Small Business Administration has a more in-depth online resource for folks looking to finance a small business.
The free, self-paced online course Financing Options for Small Businesses addresses many of the questions we hear from entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Continue reading Resource: SBA’s Online Training Course on Financing a Small Business
In recent weeks, the Grants.gov Support Center has seen a surge in calls relating to federal grant scams.
If you receive a call promising free government grant funding to start a business or to help pay your bills, hang up. The call is a scam. Continuing a conversation with a scammer may put your personal information at risk.
Continue reading Gift Cards for Federal Grants? Don’t Fall for This Scam
On November 15, the Results-Oriented Accountability for Grants Cross Agency Priority Goal Team began collecting feedback on the Federal Grants Management Draft Data Standards via a dedicated website.
In developing the data standards and soliciting public input, the Federal Government aims to “… contribute to a future state where grants data are inter-operable, [where] there are fewer internal and public-facing grants management systems, and [where] Federal awarding agencies and recipients leverage data to successfully implement a risk-based, data-driven approach to managing Federal grants.”
The Team notes on https://grantsfeedback.cfo.gov that “these data standards are a pre-decisional draft and should not be interpreted as setting policy or official guidance.”
Continue reading Public Feedback on Federal Grants Management Draft Data Standards Open Until January 15
Community Insights is a new series that highlights advice and wisdom gleaned from the federal grant community. The posts excerpted in this series will have appeared already within Grants.gov’s Twitter and the Community Forum channels.
In this blog post, we’re featuring an exchange between applicants about creative ways to build partnerships when federal funding opportunities appear limited. A special thanks to Twila Nesky for taking the time to share her wisdom with the community.
‘A Truly Creative Endeavor’
Q: Hello everyone, I am interested to learn about how you all are being more creative in your approach to funding when the Federal funding is limited.
Continue reading Community Insights: Building Larger Partnerships in the Federal Grant Community
A memorandum released by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on September 5, 2018, outlined a range of steps that the Federal Government is taking to reduce grant recipient reporting burden. You can read the memo in full here.
Below, we highlight a few of the key takeaways relevant to the federal grants community:
Continue reading Federal Grants Policy: 5 Highlights from OMB Memo M-18-24