‘Harmonizing’ U.S. Federal Grant Terminology

The U.S. federal government is in the midst of an effort to fix inconsistencies in the terminology used across federal financial assistance application forms. The home for the newly “harmonized” terms is the Common Data Element Repository Library, or CDER Library.

CDER Library logo

Over the years, synonymous data elements on federal grant forms have sometimes been used interchangeably. For example, forms from different systems and applications have listed “address” as “Street 1”, as “Address Line 1” or as “Street Address Line 1”.

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Grants.gov Workspace: Fast, Easy to Use, and Secure

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.

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#ReplyAll: Using Video Tutorials to Learn How to Apply with Workspace

You may have seen the video below about the benefits of Workspace. One user who watched the video wrote to us recently and requested videos that explain how to use Workspace. The good news is they already exist!

We have created two video series that can assist applicants applying for federal grants using Workspace.

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Check for Errors before Submitting Application

Applicants who use Workspace to apply have several options for checking and validating the data they enter into application forms – before they even click Submit. To begin with, each form has a Check for Errors button and each Workspace has a Check Application button.

Some applicants also have access to the Preview Grantor Validation tab. When you use the validation, you can see the submission errors and warnings you would receive from the grant-making agency had you submitted your application package in its current state.

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It’s Going Away: The Legacy PDF Application Package Will Be Retired.

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.

Teaming Up on a Federal Grant Application in Grants.gov Workspace

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.

Tricia, Nico and Lin apply for federal grants as a team using Grants.gov Workspace

The following scenario illustrates how a team of three applicants might work together to apply using Workspace.

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Grants.gov Training Videos Updated for Release 15.3

With every Grants.gov release, our training videos and online user guide also get a refresh so that applicants always have the latest tutorials at their fingertips.

Release 15.3, in particular, brought significant updates to our Learning Workspace Video Series and our Quick Clicks Video Series, including updated screenshots, helpful reminders, and a design refresh.

Browse the following list of updated videos and bookmark this post, or the Grants.gov Applicant Tools and Tips page, so they’ll be at the ready when you’re preparing your next federal grant application:

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Share This Video and Help Us Grow the Grants.gov Community Blog

In May of this year, we launched the Grants.gov Community Blog from scratch.  Every week has brought new growth in article views and in blog subscribers. Many of you who are reading this post in your email have been with us from the beginning – thank you!

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