Relax, Applying with Workspace Is Easier Than You Think

As of late, the question we receive most often here at the Community Blog goes something like this:

As of December 31, we need to begin applying for federal grants using Grants.gov Workspace. What do I need to do in order to transition my organization to the new application method?

You might be surprised to learn that the answer to this question for most is quite simple: Nothing.

There is no special action you need to take – or magic button you need to click – in order to transition your organization to Grants.gov’s Workspace method of applying for a federal grant.

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How Applicant Teams with External Collaborators Can Tap Grants.gov Workspace’s Full Potential

As the Legacy PDF retirement deadline nears, some applicant organizations are preparing to apply using Grants.gov Workspace for the very first time.

We recently sketched out application scenarios for organizations new to Workspace – a simple, minimalist approach to applying, as well as a standard approach.

Advanced approach to Workspace is the best path for organizations with external users, such as consultants

In this post, we sketch out a third scenario – one that involves a team of 5 to 12 (or more) registered applicants who range from grant managers and writers to outside consultants and sub-applicants from partner organizations.

Here’s the scenario:

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A More Efficient Approach to Submitting a Federal Grant Application

As the Legacy PDF retirement deadline nears, some applicant organizations are preparing to apply using Grants.gov Workspace for the very first time.

We recently sketched out a basic application scenario in which only one or two people have Grants.gov accounts.

In this post, we sketch out another scenario – one that involves a team of 3-5 registered applicants who prefer to fill out Grants.gov webforms instead of PDF forms.

Intermediate path for Workspace. Best path for organizations with 3-5 registered Grants.gov users

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A Basic Approach to Submitting Your First Workspace Application

As the Legacy PDF retirement deadline nears, applicant organizations are preparing to apply using Grants.gov Workspace for the first time.

Basic approach to Workspace is the best path for organizations with 1-2 registered Grants.gov users

Let’s flesh out an applicant scenario that some new Workspace users will face:

You are about to begin your first federal grant application using Grants.gov Workspace. For years, you (and sometimes one other colleague) applied using the old Legacy PDF Application Package.

 

You traded a package of PDF forms back and forth until you were ready to cross your fingers and click Submit. It was never easy, but you had grown comfortable with the painstaking process. Now, with the upcoming retirement of the Legacy PDF, you are trying to learn the new Grants.gov method for applying.

 

Below you will find an example approach for applying with Workspace that keeps to the familiar workflow as much as possible.

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Workspace Celebrates Two Years

Grants.gov’s Workspace, which just marked its second birthday, has seen remarkable user growth, especially over the last year. More than 15,000 organizations are now applying for federal grants with Workspace.

Before Workspace existed, the federal grant application process involved submitting a single package of PDF forms that had to be shared among collaborators.

Grants.gov’s Workspace adds a range of modern, time-saving features that bring flexibility and convenience to the core task of completing application forms.

Workspace celebrates two years

Need some help getting started with Workspace? Watch a recording of our October 18th webinar on “Becoming a Workspace Wizard.”

Workspace Webinar Video and Recap – What You Missed

For those who missed Grants.gov’s live webinars on applying with Workspace, here is the webinar recording, along with a summary of the common questions we heard from the grants community.

Common Questions and the Answers

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Register for the Grants.gov Workspace Webinar

Register today for the Getting Started with Grants.gov Workspace: Become a Workspace Wizard webinar presented by the Grants.gov Program Management Office (PMO).

Register Today for the Become a Workspace Wizard Webinar

Workspace is Grants.gov’s shared, online environment to collaboratively complete and submit federal grant applications. With the retirement of the Legacy PDF application method on December 31, 2017, Grants.gov is providing this free webinar to help get you started with using Workspace.

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7 Online User Guide Articles to Get You Started With Workspace

With the Legacy PDF retirement approaching, many Grants.gov users are reaching out with questions about how to submit their first application using Workspace.

A few users are not aware that Grants.gov has developed an Online User Guide that is always just a click away.

Grants.gov Help link

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Become a Workspace Wizard: Learn How to Restrict Access to Budget Forms

One of Grants.gov’s most recent enhancements gives the Workspace Owner, AORs with MPIN access, and the E-Business Point of Contact (EBiz POC) the ability to restrict access to budget forms.

These forms often contain confidential information, such as salary data. With Release 16.0, participants in a workspace can be prevented from viewing budget forms.

Become a Workspace Wizard

Learn how to do this as a Workspace Owner or as an AOR with MPIN access, and you will be one step closer to becoming your organization’s in-house Workspace Wizard (funny-looking hat not required).

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Shared Services in Federal Government & Grants.gov

Many federal agencies conduct similar types of work, such as awarding federal grants. While the mission and specific goals of each grant program vary, many of the processes for posting, applying for, managing, and reporting on federal grants are the same. This is where federal shared services come in. Rather than each agency developing & maintaining the same services, the costs and benefits are shared. In this role, Grants.gov serves its purpose—to be a shared service for both the public and federal agencies.

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