What Is the Difference Between Grants.gov and Benefits.gov?

This blog post was first published in 2017 and updated on April 1, 2020.

Grants.gov regularly receives a significant amount of queries from users hoping to apply for personal financial assistance from the federal government. These individuals might be looking for home repair grants or forms of disability assistance.

Others are unfortunately driven to Grants.gov by scam artists posing as agents of Grants.gov (or some made-up variant) who promise “free government grants” in exchange for monthly fees or gift cards.

What is the difference between Grants.gov and Benefits.gov?

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What Is a Subaward and a Subrecipient?

Note: This blog post was originally published in 2017 and updated on March 18, 2020.

To understand the definitions of “subaward” and “subrecipient”, it helps to think in terms of a grant that has just been won. (If you are not sure what an “award” is, start with the What Is an Award? post, then come back.)

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Rather than the grantor (i.e., the grant-making agency) entrusting just one entity with carrying out a federal program, sometimes multiple awardees will shoulder the responsibilities.

In such cases, one entity – the one who submitted the grant application – will serve as a pass-through to the partnering entities, which are called subrecipients.

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What is the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)?

This post is part of our “What Is…?” explainer series, which also covers topics like block grants and budget narratives.

The Unique Entity Identifier, or the UEI, is the official name of the “new, non-proprietary identifier” that will replace the D-U-N-S® number beginning in December 2020, according to the General Services Administration (GSA). The UEI will be requested in, and assigned by, the System for Award Management (SAM.gov).

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How will the UEI be used by Federal Grant applicants?

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New to the Grants.gov Mobile App? Check Out the In-App Walkthrough

Grants.gov App WalkthroughThe latest update to the Grants.gov mobile app adds a walkthrough resource designed to help users get more out of the app.

You can find the App Walkthrough near the bottom of the Explore screen.

For example, if you’ve downloaded the app to your iOS or Android device, you probably know that you can use the app to search for federal grants. But did you know that you can also save any search query so that you will be notified when future opportunities are published that match your query?

You can also edit any saved search query – either within the app, or on your desktop, once you have logged into your Grants.gov account.

The app walkthrough also shows app users how to filter search results and customize the types of notifications received from the app.

Don’t have the app? Download it for free from Apple’s App Store or Google Play.

User Story Collection: How the Federal Grants Community Uses Grants.gov

Note: This blog post was originally published in 2018 and updated on February 7, 2020.

The characters in our User Story Blog Series may not have super-powers, but – thanks to the ways they use the Grants.gov system – they are able to save time and increase their efficiency.

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Here, we collect all of the user story posts we have published in the series.

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What Is a Block Grant? [Updated]

Note: This blog post was originally published in 2017 and updated on January 21, 2020.

A block grant is a specific type of federal financial assistance for a broadly defined function. (Editor’s note: Before getting into the nuance of block grants, you may want to review the terms “federal financial assistance” and “grant.”)

Block grants are often awarded by the federal government to U.S. state or territory governments, although some block grants are awarded directly to local governments (e.g., Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program to cities and counties on a formula basis).

The block grant recipients then implement the programs within those broadly defined functions (i.e., the purpose & parameters defined by legislation).

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How Grants.gov Is Preparing for SAM’s Rollout of the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)

Last July, we wrote about SAM.gov’s planned introduction of the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), which is currently scheduled to replace the DUNS Number around the end of 2020. You can get the most up-to-date information about the UEI rollout on the GSA’s Unique Entity Identifier Update page.

In this post, we begin preparing Grants.gov applicants for what the UEI rollout will look like within the Grants.gov system – particularly, what users will see when working on an application or taking other actions within Workspace.

Fields formerly labeled “DUNS” within Grants.gov will now be labeled “UEI” starting in March 2020

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Grants.gov Mobile App Update: Enhanced Notification Options

Note: This blog post was updated on January 3, 2020 to indicate that the latest Grants.gov mobile app update has been released.

The new Grants.gov Mobile App Update, now available, brings several improvements to notification management. (Don’t have the app? Download it today on Google Play or Apple’s App Store.)

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