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.
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As the Legacy PDF retirement deadline nears, applicant organizations are preparing to apply using Grants.gov Workspace for the first time.
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.
Continue reading A Basic Approach to Submitting Your First Workspace Application
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.
Need some help getting started with Workspace? Watch a recording of our October 18th webinar on “Becoming a Workspace Wizard.”
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
Continue reading Workspace Webinar Video and Recap – What You Missed
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.
Continue reading 7 Online User Guide Articles to Get You Started With Workspace
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.
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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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.
Continue reading Shared Services in Federal Government & Grants.gov
Since the release of Workspace in 2015, Grants.gov has been hard at work integrating new features for applicants submitting federal grant applications.
To help you master the most important of these enhancements, we have developed a series of lessons that will turn you into a Workspace Wizard faster than you can say, “hocus-pocus, grant me focus.”
So, are you ready to learn the ways of the Workspace Wizard? Lesson 1 is especially aimed at teams of applicants who collaborate on a single federal grant application.
In Workspace, applicants have a choice as to which type of form they want to complete – either PDF forms or online webforms.
Continue reading Become a Workspace Wizard – Lesson 1: Collaborate Using Webforms
We want to hear about your experiences with Grants.gov. Your feedback will shape future updates and improvements to Grants.gov.
For the Grants.gov team, your success is our success. So, how can Grants.gov help you succeed? Our first step is learning where we are already supporting you well and where there is room for improvement.
What do you love about the website? Are there things about it that make you cringe? How can we make your work easier? We want to hear it all!
Let us know how we are doing by responding to the Grants.gov User Survey. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. You have the power to shape the future of Grants.gov!
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