In recent years, a lot has changed about the Grants.gov federal grant application process. The arrival of Workspace in 2015 gave applicants the ability to reuse forms and collaborate more easily. Grants.gov’s latest release, meanwhile, gave applicants the ability to forego the PDF and complete forms within a web browser.
The data requested on the forms also continues to evolve. The process for updating and creating new grant application forms is a complex one involving a range of government entities, including the grant-making agency, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), as well as the Federal Register and Grants.gov, among others.
Continue reading How the Government Prepares Grant Application Forms – Part 1
Last year brought a lot of changes and enhancements to the Grants.gov program, and you can find detailed information and statistics in the Grants.gov Annual Report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016.
If you don’t have time to read through the full report, here are a few key highlights from FY16:
Continue reading Grants.gov FY2016 Annual Report Highlights
Thousands of federal grant applicants have submitted their application packages using Grants.gov Workspace. In this blog post, we share tips for streamlining organizational workflow in order to take advantage of Workspace’s full range of benefits.
These benefits include the following:
- A set of shareable individual grant forms, rather than the legacy application package (which will be phased out in December 2017)
- A form reuse feature that imports data from past application forms
- Improved form validations that help to cut down on last-minute submission errors
- A preview feature that gives applicants the ability to view the complete application in a single window
Below are some tips to help make the transition as smooth as possible for you and your organization:
1. Form reuse is the single most beneficial feature in Workspace.
Whether you’re a one-person show or you have a large team working on each application, the reuse feature within Workspace has the potential to save you tons of time.
Let’s say you apply for a grant later this month using Workspace. In the end, you aren’t awarded the funds. The next time you apply for the same grant – perhaps a year from now – you will be able to reuse all of your old forms and focus your time and effort on improving the weakest parts of the application.
2. Familiarize your team with the general Workspace workflow.
Workspace separates the application package into individual forms. This allows a team of applicants to work on each form separately – at the same time, if they wish. This changes the traditional workflow, which permitted only one applicant to work on the application at a time.
Continue reading 7 Tips for Transitioning Your Organization to Grants.gov Workspace
At first glance, registering with Grants.gov seems a little complicated. But if you keep the following tips in mind, your registration will be (almost) a breeze.
1) Registration is free. You do not need to pay to register.
If a website, email, or caller tells you that you need to pay to register for government grants, don’t fall for a scam. More scam and fraud info here.
2) Start registering immediately (after you read the rest of this article, of course).
It can take up to a few weeks if you don’t have all the pre-requisite registration data, so you want to register well in advance of the grant deadline. Here’s an overview of the organization registration process and timeline.
Continue reading 7 Things You Need to Know about Registering on Grants.gov