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
Before your organization can receive a federal grant, you must first submit the grant application (among many other things, of course). This is why the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) role in Grants.gov is important.
A user with the AOR role is authorized to submit applications on behalf of the organization. When the E-Business Point of Contact (EBiz POC) assigns the AOR role to a user, the Manage Workspace role is automatically added as well.
Submitting a Workspace as a Team
If we continue to think of each workspace team as a basketball team, the team member with the AOR role is like the go-to scorer—the person who has the ball in clutch moments at the end of the game.
Continue reading Roles for Applying with Workspace #3: AORs Submit
Planning and completing a grant application is a lot of work, so in the rush to meet the application deadline it can be easy to overlook little details. That is why it is important to identify all requirements listed in the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) near the beginning of the process (even if it does not seem like a big deal).
Examples of “Little” Details (that are actually important)
These are specific examples of requirements for certain FOAs—these are NOT requirements for all grant applications.
Continue reading Grant Writing Basics: Look for the Little Details
We have launched Release 15.4 for Grants.gov, which brings a few improvements to the website.
#1 Updated Homepage
Based on user feedback and usage analytics, we have redesigned the Grants.gov homepage to highlight the information you are already searching for and using.
If there is something you cannot find, please let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @grantsdotgov and we’ll help you find it.
#2 Streamlined Future Account Management
Continue reading Grants.gov Update is Live—What You Need to Know
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles that will use team-based examples to explain how Workspace facilitates collaboration using roles and access.
Applying for a federal grant can be a team effort, or it can be a solitary task, so Grants.gov’s Workspace is designed to work for the wide variety of federal grant applicants. Adding participants to a workspace is vital for those applying with a team.
In each workspace, there is a “Participants” tab that lists all the people in your organization who can access and work on the forms in this application. A user with the Manage Workspace Role can add participants to each workspace.
Continue reading Roles for Applying with Workspace #2: Participants on the Team