Over the last three years, we have published a wide range of blog articles that explain the ins and outs of federal grants. In some of these posts, as part of our “What Is…” series, we define key terms that applicants might encounter when browsing opportunities from federal grant-making agencies.
In this post, we review the various types of federal funding opportunities and provide a link for readers to want to learn more about a specific type of federal award.
What is an Award?
A federal award is a legal instrument through which you (i.e., an applicant) are awarded a grant agreement or cooperative agreement by a federal grant-making agency (i.e., a grantor). Click here to go deeper.
Continue reading Distinguishing Among Different Types of Federal Awards, Including Block Grants, Cooperative Agreements & More
Every year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) releases an online resource called the NIH Data Book. Its current iteration is the most powerful the resource has ever been at communicating “funding trends on grants and contract awards, success rates, small business programs, peer review, as well as the scientific workforce.”
The Data Book’s new interactive visualizations, added in 2019, make it easy to explore the mountains of data available from NIH-funded projects and programs.
Continue reading Applicant Resource: Gleaning Insights into Funding Trends with the NIH Data Book
To mark Teacher Appreciation Week, our latest edition of Federal Funding Spotlight focuses on opportunities in the field of education, including programs that…
- award competitive grants to advance literacy skills;
- build and enhance the ability of schools nationwide to identify gifted and talented students and meet their special educational needs;
- support efforts to revitalize and maintain Native languages and expand the use of language immersion programs in its schools;
- provide grants for emergency repairs and modernization of school facilities to certain local educational agencies.
For a complete, searchable list of federal funding opportunities, go to the Grants.gov Search tab.
Continue reading Federal Funding Spotlight on Education Programs: 📚 🍎 Teacher Appreciation Week Edition
Let’s say that your organization is applying for a federal grant that will support a wildlife reserve restoration project.
You craft a need statement that (1) aligns with the grant-making agency’s funding opportunity announcement; (2) communicates your organization’s experience with restoration projects; and (3) includes several concise – but compelling – anecdotes illustrating the need for restoration.
Now, you and your writing team need to outline the impact that your proposed project will have on the wildlife reserve. Once again, you’ll want to make sure the impact your team projects aligns with agency goals. You will also need to balance specificity with realism.
Below, we continue our grant writing series with tips for defining and projecting the impact of a proposed project. The following tips have been adapted from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources & Services Administration’s grant writing guide, titled “Tips for Writing and Submitting Good Grant Proposals”.
Tip: Think like a reviewer when you are discussing the impact of your proposed project.
In a previous series post, we discussed the role of peer review panels, as well as the criteria they use to evaluate applications. Such panels provide their evaluations to the federal grant-making agency’s staff.
Continue reading Grant Writing: 3 Tips for Discussing Impact in Federal Grant Applications
Let’s say you’re a mayor of a small town in the Midwest, or a newly elected commissioner in a county along the East Coast, or an official who overseas parks in a suburb of a major city.
You’re looking for federal grant funding, but you don’t know where to begin.
The first thing you need to know is that you are not alone.
Grants.gov recently met with several groups of mayors, commissioners, and other local officials at the National League of Cities Congressional City Conference during the Federal Agency Round Robin event. Many of these local officials spoke of feeling overwhelmed when searching and applying for federal grants.
Over the course of our conversations with local officials, several key questions surfaced again and again, and in this space we would like to share them – along with our answers – in hope that they will be helpful to others who find themselves in similar positions, with similar needs.
Continue reading FAQs from City, Town & County Government Officials Seeking Federal Grants
The federal grant application process is anything but simple. From searching for funding opportunities to submitting carefully crafted applications, there are complexities at every turn.
To this end, Grants.gov is always looking for ways to make applicant tasks more convenient. The Grants.gov Mobile App (available for Android and iOS), with its latest update, is a perfect example of this focus.
With convenient new login and submit features coming to the mobile app, applicants can now do even more while they are away from their desk or laptop.
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This week’s edition of #FundingFriday highlights open grant opportunities related to agriculture, including programs supporting…
- Specialty crops, such as dried fruit, tree nuts and horticulture
- Agricultural transformation and food security
- Farmers, ranchers, farm workers and farm family members with disabilities, and more!
- Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service
- Current Closing Date for Applications: May 24, 2019
- The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announces the availability of approximately $72.4 million in grant funds, less AMS administrative costs, to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture).
Continue reading Federal Funding Spotlight on Agriculture: Open Opportunities Supporting Specialty Crops, Food Security & More
This week’s edition of #FundingFriday marks International Women’s Day by highlighting new funding opportunities supporting women’s issues around the world in the fields of medicine, politics, business and more.
- Department of State, U.S. Mission to Kenya
- Current Closing Date for Applications: March 15, 2019
- This project will use a combination of training, outreach, and mentoring to strengthen women’s voices in the public sphere leading up to the 2022 Kenyan presidential elections. More specifically, the project will build networks of successful men and women to support women leaders, identify and address gaps in communication and leadership skills among women leaders through training and mentoring, and create opportunities for women to participate fully as equal influencers in public debate on the issues of concern leading to the 2022 national elections. The project will target female leaders in politics, business, technology, academia, civil society, and media.
Continue reading International Women’s Day: A Special Edition of #FundingFriday
This week’s edition of #FundingFriday highlights new grant opportunities supporting…
- the programs and services of Native American libraries
- local programming designed to place volunteers in communities to assist older adults and individuals with disabilities in maintaining independence
- innovative projects that help reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses
- and more!
- Institute of Museum and Library Services
- Current Closing Date for Applications: May 1, 2019
- Native American Enhancement grants are competitive grants available to carry out activities, described in 20 U.S.C. 9141, that advance the programs and services of eligible Native American libraries.
Continue reading What’s New in Federal Grants: Opportunities Supporting Native American Libraries, Community Programming, and More
Community Insights is a new series that highlights advice and wisdom gleaned from the federal grant community. The posts excerpted in this series will have appeared already within Grants.gov’s Twitter and the Community Forum channels.
In this blog post, we’re featuring an exchange between applicants about creative ways to build partnerships when federal funding opportunities appear limited. A special thanks to Twila Nesky for taking the time to share her wisdom with the community.
‘A Truly Creative Endeavor’
Q: Hello everyone, I am interested to learn about how you all are being more creative in your approach to funding when the Federal funding is limited.
Continue reading Community Insights: Building Larger Partnerships in the Federal Grant Community