What Is a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)?

Editor’s Note: This blog post was first published in 2017 and updated on August 18, 2020.

A Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is the document all federal agencies use to announce the availability of grant funds to the public.

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Test Drive the New Grants.gov Chatbot

Grants.gov Chatbot ScreenGrants.gov is always looking for new ways to serve our users and improve their experience. In recent months, we have developed a new self-service help tool based on chatbot technology.

Today, we are inviting users to test drive the new tool to help determine its effectiveness.

The chatbot will be made available as a Beta feature on Grants.gov, after revisions based on user feedback.

Grants.gov will continue evaluation of the feature among the larger applicant community.

Click here to learn more and take the chatbot for a spin.

We greatly appreciate your participation and feedback. Please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues.

5 Tips to Help Grants.gov Users Avoid Scams

Grants.gov is committed to protecting our users’ information and serving people and organizations who apply for federal grant funding through our site.

Here are five things you need to know about Grants.gov to avoid being the victim of a scam:

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Tips for Proofreading Your Next Grant Application

Developing a proofreading strategy can greatly improve the quality of your federal grant application.  Here are some tips from grant-making offices across the government that you can use for developing this strategy.

Grant Writing Tips

1. Enlist content proofreaders early in the process.

“Request that your colleagues or mentors review a first draft of your specific aims early in the process,” advises NIH.

Consider asking your early proofreaders to focus on macro issues, such as the organization of narrative sections or the logical flow within your application narrative. Even if your proposal is not completely ready, you can still have your designated proofreaders review some sections of the proposal. An Office of Justice Programs resource concurs, stating that early proofreading will allow for “sufficient time to deal with missing information,” as well as other common issues.

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Exploring Eligibility: Federal Grants for Native American Tribal Governments and Organizations

Editor’s Note: This blog post was first published in 2016 and updated on May 18, 2020.

There are a variety of federal financial assistance opportunities specifically for American Indians and Alaska Natives. This article, which is part of the Exploring Eligibility blog series, will explain where Grants.gov fits into your search process.

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If you are a member of a Native American tribal entity searching for federal grants or benefits, you probably fall into one of these situations in which you are looking for:

  1. Federal grants or benefits on behalf of a federally-recognized Native American tribal government.
  2. Federal grants or benefits on behalf of a Native American tribal organization that is not a federally-recognized government, or
  3. Personal assistance or benefits.

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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, 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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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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