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Distinguishing Among Different Types of Federal Awards, Including Block Grants, Cooperative Agreements & More

Over the last three years, we have published a wide range of blog articles that explain the ins and outs of federal grants. In some of these posts, as part of our “What Is…” series, we define key terms that applicants might encounter when browsing opportunities from federal grant-making agencies.

In this post, we review the various types of federal funding opportunities and provide a link for readers to want to learn more about a specific type of federal award.

 

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What is an Award?

A federal award is a legal instrument through which you (i.e., an applicant) are awarded a grant agreement or cooperative agreement by a federal grant-making agency (i.e., a grantor). Click here to go deeper.

 

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Federal Funding Spotlight: Memorial Day Edition 🇺🇸

Our Memorial Day edition of Federal Funding Spotlight 🔦 focuses on open opportunities relating to U.S. veterans. These funding opportunities aim to…

  • enhance employment and training opportunities or to promote the self-sufficiency of homeless veterans;
  • help state governments with the construction or renovation of state veterans extended care facilities;
  • support highly impactful and military-relevant research in the field of burn wound care, and more.

For a complete, 🔍 searchable list of federal funding opportunities, go to the Grants.gov Search tab.

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Applicant Resource: Gleaning Insights into Funding Trends with the NIH Data Book

Every year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) releases an online resource called the NIH Data Book. Its current iteration is the most powerful the resource has ever been at communicating “funding trends on grants and contract awards, success rates, small business programs, peer review, as well as the scientific workforce.”

The Data Book’s new interactive visualizations, added in 2019, make it easy to explore the mountains of data available from NIH-funded projects and programs.

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The Latest in Federal Grants Supporting the 🎨🧶📖 Arts & Humanities

Our latest edition of Federal Funding 🔦 Spotlight focuses on open opportunities relating to the arts and humanities. These programs aim to…

  • support the development of a 💭 comic book series and graphic novel to help combat violent extremism;
  • support artists in their effort to integrate the arts into the 🧶 fabric of community life;
  • help museums and libraries maintain important 🖼️ collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts;
  • strengthen the teaching and study of the 📃 humanities at Hispanic-serving institutions.

For a complete, 🔍 searchable list of federal funding opportunities, go to the Grants.gov Search tab.

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Federal Funding Spotlight on Education Programs: 📚 🍎 Teacher Appreciation Week Edition

To mark Teacher Appreciation Week, our latest edition of Federal Funding Spotlight focuses on opportunities in the field of education, including programs that…

  • award competitive grants to advance literacy skills;
  • build and enhance the ability of schools nationwide to identify gifted and talented students and meet their special educational needs;
  • support efforts to revitalize and maintain Native languages and expand the use of language immersion programs in its schools;
  • provide grants for emergency repairs and modernization of school facilities to certain local educational agencies.

For a complete, searchable list of federal funding opportunities, go to the Grants.gov Search tab.

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Grant Writing: 3 Tips for Discussing Impact in Federal Grant Applications

Let’s say that your organization is applying for a federal grant that will support a wildlife reserve restoration project.

You craft a need statement that (1) aligns with the grant-making agency’s funding opportunity announcement; (2) communicates your organization’s experience with restoration projects; and (3) includes several concise – but compelling – anecdotes illustrating the need for restoration.

Now, you and your writing team need to outline the impact that your proposed project will have on the wildlife reserve. Once again, you’ll want to make sure the impact your team projects aligns with agency goals. You will also need to balance specificity with realism.

Below, we continue our grant writing series with tips for defining and projecting the impact of a proposed project. The following tips have been 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”.

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Tip: Think like a reviewer when you are discussing the impact of your proposed project.

In a previous series post, we discussed the role of peer review panels, as well as the criteria they use to evaluate applications. Such panels provide their evaluations to the federal grant-making agency’s staff.

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Federal Funding Spotlight on Programs Supporting Business & Commerce

This week’s Federal Funding Spotlight focuses on programs and initiatives that are designed, in part, to promote business and commerce, including…

  • A program that encourages the translation of technologies for 🧠 brain or behavioral research from academic and other non-small business research sectors to the marketplace;
  • A program that 🤝 assists individuals or entities in the startup, expansion or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other business entities;
  • A program that assists 🧀 dairy businesses in the development, production, marketing and distribution of dairy products;
  • And more!

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Lab to Marketplace: Tools for Brain and Behavioral Research (R43/R44 – Clinical Trial Optional)

  • Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
  • Current Closing Date for Applications: January 5, 2021
  • This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages the translation of technologies for brain or behavioral research from academic and other non-small business research sectors to the marketplace. The program seeks Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications that propose to further develop, make more robust, and make more user-friendly such technologies in preparation for commercial dissemination.

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3 New Training Videos to Help Users Get More Out of the Grants.gov Mobile App

The latest update to the Grants.gov app added a mobile submit feature, making it super-easy for users with Submit privileges to submit completed applications while away from a computer.

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This new Submit feature joins the app’s Search and Share & Subscribe features, and now there is a new series of brief training videos to walk users through each core action.

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The Latest in Federal Grants: 5 Funding Opportunities Announced This Week

This week’s Federal Funding Spotlight features programs that aim to…

  • strengthen humanities programs at community colleges;
  • reduce the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder in rural communities;
  • assist state, tribal, local government agencies and interstate/intertribal entities in developing programs which protect, manage, and restore wetlands;
  • build mutual understanding between the United States and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the United States for current and emerging foreign leaders.

Click here to view the latest funding opportunities published to Grants.gov.

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