2017 Year in Review: Federal Grant Highlights

With 2017 in the rearview mirror, let’s pause to look back on what was a significant year for federal grants. With important developments and growth in the grants community in 2017, this post takes note of key points worth remembering and helpful resources, not just from us, from some of you in the grants community.

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Enjoy the Holidays—See You Next Year

As we on the Grants.gov Community Blog team celebrate the holidays and look forward to what 2018 will bring, we are thankful for those of you who make up the grant community. Our ‘Workspace Wizard’ hats off to you for reading and sharing the information you find useful here.

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We will return with new posts in the New Year, so (if you have not already) subscribe to the blog today to get an email when we publish the “2017 Year in Review: Federal Grant Highlights” in January. If you need your #FundingFriday fix the next two weeks, you can always go to the Search Grants tab or create funding opportunity subscriptions through the Connect tab.

Thank You for Your Feedback in the User Survey

Thank you, grants community, for the great response to the Grants.gov User Survey!

In August, we asked you for your honest opinions on a range of topics, and over 6,000 of you from the applicant and grantor communities shared your feedback.

  • 33% of applicant responses came from nonprofit organizations
  • 17% of applicant responses came from state and local governments
  • Statistically significant response rates also came from 9 other groups, which are: academic institutions, individuals, small businesses, for-profit organizations, tribal organizations, public housing authorities, research institutions, faith-based organizations, and grantors

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Video: Grants.gov’s New Saved Search Management Features

It is now much easier to save and manage your searches for grant opportunities, thanks to Grants.gov’s latest release.

Simply log in, search, and save.

After naming your saved search, you will receive email notifications when new grants meeting your search criteria are posted. You can also review your saved searches at any time and edit or delete the records.

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Video: Grants.gov’s New Registration Process

When applicants registered with Grants.gov prior to Release 16.1, they were required to enter a DUNS Number as part of the registration process.

Today, this is no longer the case. Applicants can opt to register a Grants.gov account without a DUNS number.

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Grants.gov Is Live–What You Need to Know

And we’re back! Thank you for your patience. Release 16.1 is up and running, so here is what you need to know:release161-postlaunch-blog

Connect [New] – Improved funding opportunity subscription management, email notifications, and social media access.

Outreach [Moved] – To accommodate the new neighbor, Outreach moved in with Support. The calendar, notices, releases, and other info previously in the Outreach tab can now be found in the Support tab.

Register [Upgraded] – Create an account to utilize the enhanced subscription services. Add a profile to apply for grants.

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Sticky Notes from the September Federal Demonstration Partnership Meeting

At the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) meeting in early September, the Grants.gov team had the chance to interact with Grants.gov users from all over the country. In our conversations with those of you who attended, we heard interesting and valuable feedback about the service that Grants.gov provides. We are grateful for your open and honest input about our system and look forward to hearing more.

Send us your feedback: community@grants.gov

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You Still Have Time to Respond! Survey Closes Friday, September 22nd

There are only three days left to respond to the Grants.gov User Survey. We want to understand how you use our website and where we can improve.

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So far, we have received some thoughtful, constructive responses, but the more we hear, the better! Make your voice heard and encourage your friends and colleagues to complete the survey as well.

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‘Harmonizing’ U.S. Federal Grant Terminology

The U.S. federal government is in the midst of an effort to fix inconsistencies in the terminology used across federal financial assistance application forms. The home for the newly “harmonized” terms is the Common Data Element Repository Library, or CDER Library.

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Over the years, synonymous data elements on federal grant forms have sometimes been used interchangeably. For example, forms from different systems and applications have listed “address” as “Street 1”, as “Address Line 1” or as “Street Address Line 1”.

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Read This Before You Respond to SAM-Related Spam

If you have been in the federal grants community for any time at all, you probably know that your organization needs an account with the System for Award Management (SAM), or SAM.gov, to do business (e.g., receive grants) from the U.S. government.

SAM registration is relatively simple (you’ll need a DUNS number), and it’s free. However, there is no shortage of spam calls and emails offering paid services to register and maintain your registration. These can cost hundreds of dollars, but be cautious when responding to such appeals. Registering, renewing, and updating your SAM registration is absolutely free.

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