Share Your Feedback on the General Services Administration’s RFI for ‘Government-Wide Entity Identification and Validation Services’

A critical part of registering as an applicant organization with Grants.gov involves entering a DUNS number – or obtaining one before proceeding.

A DUNS number is a unique nine-character number that Grants.gov and other programs use to identify your organization. For example, the federal government uses the DUNS number to track how federal money is allocated. Applicants doing business with the federal government can get one for free through Dun and Bradstreet (D&B).

General Services Administration RFI

In 2018, the D&B contract with the federal government’s General Services Administration (GSA) expires, and the GSA has released a Request for Information (RFI) for government-wide entity identification and validation services.

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#FundingFriday: Federal Grants for Small Business, Community Development & More

Federal grant-making agencies continue to post new funding opportunities on Grants.gov. This week has brought over 60 new grants to the Search Grants tab in Grants.gov. Below are opportunities you should check out in the areas of agriculture, community development, reducing opioid addiction, and small business development.

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Infographic: Illustrating the Standard Grants.gov Workspace Workflow

With Release 15.4, Workspace users now have the option of filling out online forms, rather than PDF forms. This new functionality works with the existing Workspace workflow.

The following infographic illustrates how a team of applicants can take advantage of Grants.gov Workspace when applying for their next federal grant. A clickable version of this infographic is available on Grants.gov.

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What Is a Grant? [Updated]

Editor’s Note: We updated & expanded this article to create a more complete answer to the question—what is a grant? The original publication on May 4, 2016, was our first entry in the ‘What Is…” series, which makes grants more accessible by discussing the grant lifecycle and grant types.

A grant is one of the government’s tools for funding ideas and projects to provide public services, stimulate the economy, and benefit the general public. Grants can be awarded for a wide-variety of activities, such as innovative research, recovery initiatives, infrastructure building, or any of the other hundreds of funding programs in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).

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Examples of U.S. federal grant programs include those that support justice and law enforcement, social services and health research, and research in science and technology.

The process of successfully serving the public through grants, though, can be quite complex. Grant programs originate from laws, and then are administered by the appropriate federal agency. For example:

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#FundingFriday: New Federal Grants Supporting Elementary Education, Study Abroad, Special Education, and more

Nearly 150 federal grants have been posted to Grants.gov already in 2017.

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Below are highlights of new funding opportunities that support various forms of education, including secondary, post-secondary, and special education:

1. Department of Justice – OVW FY 2017 Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus Program

The Campus Program encourages a comprehensive coordinated community approach that enhances victim safety, provides services for victims and supports efforts to hold offenders accountable. The funding supports activities that develop and strengthen trauma informed victim services and strategies to prevent, investigate, respond and prosecute sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

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#FundingFriday: Nearly 100 Federal Grant Opportunities Posted to Grants.gov This Week

This week, nearly 100 grant opportunities have been posted to Grants.gov. Here are a few highlights from the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of the Interior.

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1. Department of Energy – Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing: Integrated Simulation Partnerships in Fusion Energy Sciences

The goal of this announcement is to select applications that can take advantage of today’s multi-petascale DOE high-performance computing (DOE HPC) systems to accelerate scientific discovery in strategically important areas of magnetic fusion energy science and address high-priority issues identified in recent community studies.

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#FundingFriday: New Government Grants for Programs in the Arts, Transportation, Agriculture, and More

Below are five highlights from federal grants posted this week to Grants.gov. Featured here are awards from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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1. U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Thailand – Enhanced Community HIV Link

This cooperative agreement will help to strengthen capacity to protect and improve health and well-being, specifically to help community HIV/AIDS services in Vietnam to support a sustainable national HIV/AIDS response.

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Stories of Impact from the Federal Grants Community: Training for Vets

Federal Grant Impact Stories - VAIf you are a regular to Grants.gov, you are likely accustomed to seeing scores of new federal grant opportunities published every month. What happens after all of those grants are awarded and the funds are spent?

Federal agencies that oversee the spending of grants often share stories of impact on their websites and social media platforms. This week, we are highlighting  a few of the most recent success stories.

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program

In early August, three entities, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, announced a nearly 50 percent reduction in Veterans experiencing homelessness since 2010. This success is attributable, in part, to an interagency effort to focus on serving the needs of veterans, assisting with everything from housing to job training.

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How to Create a Workspace and Start Your Grant Application

Previous posts have highlighted the benefits of using the Grants.gov Workspace feature and provided example cases that illustrate those benefits in real-world situations.

If you’re ready to give Workspace a try, the only thing that remains is to create a workspace for the funding opportunity for which you want to apply.

This video walks you through the process.

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