For years, applicants have applied for federal grants by submitting a package of PDF forms.
But on Dec. 31, 2017, Grants.gov will officially retire the legacy PDF package as a method to apply for a federal grant. Why? There’s now a fast, easy, and secure alternative to apply for federal grants called Workspace.
Continue reading Grants.gov Workspace: Fast, Easy to Use, and Secure
Applicant teams sometimes bring on outside contributors and consultants to assist with their federal grant application. Until recently, these outside users needed to create a Grants.gov account for every applicant organization they assist – meaning that some users had to juggle dozens of separate accounts.
However, in June, Grants.gov eliminated this burden. Now, a single user account can be associated with workspaces across multiple organizations.
Watch this video to learn more about the arrival of this much-requested feature:
Continue reading New Applicant Feature: How to Add Outside Users to a Workspace
Grants.gov listens to user feedback and tries – whenever possible – to add requested features.
One of Grants.gov’s newest features gives the Workspace Owner, AORs with MPIN access, and the E-Business Point of Contact the ability to limit access to budget forms. These forms often contain confidential information, such as salary data.
With Release 16.0, controls have been added to permit specific users to view and edit the budget form data.
Continue reading New Applicant Feature: How to Limit Access to Budget Forms
In the context of applying for federal grants, “forms” are those seemingly endless documents you must fill out to complete the application process. An “online” form or webform, then, is a digital version of these documents that is accessible and editable in a web browser.
There is nothing revolutionary about this concept, but we at Grants.gov have now made online forms available in Grants.gov Workspace to make the application process a bit easier for you and your team. Continue reading What Is an Online Form?
The legacy PDF application package will be retired on December 31, 2017.
If you don’t know what that means and missed our previous blog posts here and here, or the Grants.gov Notices page, here’s a quick summary:
In the past, applicants have downloaded and filled out a single, big, stitched PDF application package that contained all the forms (i.e., the “legacy PDF application package”). To work as a team, you had to email the file back-and-forth while making sure all are using the same exact version of Adobe software. Continue reading It’s Going Away: The Legacy PDF Application Package Will Be Retired.
So you have zeroed in on a federal grant opportunity that is aligned with your organization’s mission using Grants.gov Search. You’ve previewed the grant application’s forms. You’ve taken notes on the range of information you will need to provide in the grant application. Now, you think, “If only I had some guidance, or some resources to help me stay on track.”
The federal grant application process can be daunting, but a lot of folks have been in your shoes and have produced helpful – and free – online resources. Continue reading Where to Find Free Online Resources for Federal Grant Applicants (Part 1)
Every organization is going to approach Grants.gov Workspace a little differently when applying for a federal grant. Some applicants take advantage of Grants.gov’s system-to-system functionality. Others prefer to have a single person submitting grant applications. Most applicants, though, work with a team to apply for a grant.
The following scenario illustrates how a team of three applicants might work together to apply using Workspace.
Continue reading Teaming Up on a Federal Grant Application in Grants.gov Workspace
If you are just now beginning to use Workspace, Grants.gov’s online application method, you may want to take advantage of the range of roles and access levels available to your team.
Our recent roles series is a great place to start learning about each role’s place in the Workspace workflow.
Below is a brief list of role and access definitions that you can bookmark and return to when setting up a workspace, assigning roles or access levels, or adding participants:
Continue reading Defining Grants.gov Workspace Roles and Access Levels
Which grants are people looking at? Here is a list of the top 5 most viewed grant opportunities so far in the month of March.
Continue reading #FundingFriday – Top 5 Most Viewed Grants in March 2017