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December 2009   

TIP OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER: 

There are multiple resources on Grants.gov to guide you step-by-step through the federal grant application process. Be sure to check out the animated tutorials, which provide a virtual tour of the Web site. You can watch a tutorial and learn about Grants.gov, determine your eligibility, learn how to find grant opportunities, register and complete an application. Visit the Applicant Resources page to view these and other resources.


November 2009   

TIP OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER: 

Remember to update your Grants.gov account information. If your contact information changes and is not updated in our system, you will not receive valuable information and updates. Login to your account and check your information here: http://www.grants.gov/applicants/applicant_profile.jsp


October 2009   

TIP OF THE MONTH FOR OCTOBER: 

Stay informed on what's new with Grants.gov. Watch the upcoming Stakeholder Webcast scheduled to air live October 21, 2009 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT. Information for the Stakeholder Webcast can be found by visiting: http://grants.gov/help/stakeholder_communications.jsp. To receive an invitation to this webcast and receive our Quarterly "Succeed" Newsletter, click here.


September 2009   

TIP OF THE MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER: 

Find out the types of grants available, there are over 2000 grant opportunities on Grants.gov. To begin your search, visit Find Grant Opportunities. In addition to the many grant programs, Grants.gov also features resources to help you pinpoint funding available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 "Recovery Act". Visit the Recovery Act Money and You page for more information and links to resources. Grants.gov has also created a webinar series to instruct you on finding Recovery Act grant opportunities.


August 2009   

TIP OF THE MONTH FOR AUGUST: 

Grants.gov has created a central location to view all Recovery Act opportunities and information related to finding Recovery Act funding. All Recovery Act information is now accessible from the Recovery Act feature on the homepage. Here you will find links to a listing of all Recovery Act grant opportunities and the new "Recovery Act Money and You" web page. The "Recovery Act Money and You" page features a listing of resources with information on finding money for personal expenses, how to apply for business, organizational and community funding and other useful information. There is also White House Recovery Act information available by clicking on the White House logo. Information on the Grants.gov Recovery Act Webinar series is also available, for more information and to join us for the Grants.gov Recovery Act Webinar series click here.


July 2009   

TIP OF THE MONTH FOR JULY: 

Applying for a grant is hard work and it's never guaranteed you will receive a grant award. There are generally strict guidelines that must be followed to apply for discretionary federal grants. These application guidelines vary between federal agencies and opportunities. Discretionary grants posted on Grants.gov are highly competitive. A sure disqualifier for your application is to not include all that is asked for by the grantor agency. There may be many applications submitted to a single opportunity and those with the best chance of funding all include exactly what is requested by the grantor agency, presented in clear, simple language.

A good grant proposal addresses the need and significance of the project, quality of project design and methods to accomplish it, adequacy of resources (budget), quality of project personnel, evaluation methods, and project services to be provided. To ensure you are able to provide all that is required to apply for a particular funding opportunity, research, sufficient planning and preparation is key. Research is the primary element to every proposal and determines the overall quality of it.

To apply for grants on Grants.gov you must be registered. If you have not registered, visit the Get Registered page, to begin the registration process.


June 2009   

TIP OF THE MONTH FOR JUNE: 

Grant fraud is an ever emerging issue, and there are a lot of people trying to cash in on the lack of knowledge about federal grants. We have all seen them; late night infomercials, websites, and reference guides, advertising "millions in free money" Don’t believe the hype! Although there are many grants on Grants.gov, few of them are available to individuals and none of them are available for personal financial assistance. To find an alphabetical listing of federal personal assistance visit USA.gov website’s Government Benefits, Grants, and Financial Aid page. There are many groups of organizations that are eligible to apply for government grants. Typically, most grantee organizations fall into the categories listed on the Eligibility page. Find out if you are eligible to apply for grants on Grants.gov, watch this helpful animated eligibility tutorial. If you are eligible and would like to apply for a federal grant, you must be registered with Grants.gov. Visit the Get Registered page, to begin the registration process.


May 2009   

TIP OF THE MONTH FOR MAY: 

Remember to check your Central Contractor Registration (CCR) registration status (Step 2 of Grants.gov registration). Grants.gov registration is a one time process; however CCR registration must be renewed yearly. Grants.gov does not maintain records on your CCR registration status. You must maintain an active status in order to satisfy Grants.gov application guidelines. To check your CCR status, visit: http://www.ccr.gov [EXIT Disclaimer]. Use the Search CCR link: https://www.bpn.gov/CCRSearch/Search.aspx [EXIT Disclaimer] to find information pertaining to your CCR registration. To update or renew your CCR registration information, visit: http://www.ccr.gov/Renew.aspx [EXIT Disclaimer]. If you are not registered with Grants.gov and wish to apply for a grant, visit the Grants.gov Get Registered page: http://www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp to register today.


April 2009   

TIP OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL: 

Looking for Recovery Act Information?
Check out the Recovery Act page to get the most complete information on Recovery Act grant opportunities. On this page, you will find out Grants.gov's role in the Recovery Act, the type of funding available for the $787 billion stimulus package, a timeline for Recovery Act activities, and links to funding information by agency. Search for Recovery Act opportunities.


March 2009   

TIP OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH: 

New Grants.gov Profile - Complete Your Profile Today!
The credential (username and password) portion of the registration process has been updated; click here for details. Now you will be able to complete a Grants.gov profile and choose your own username and password. You will also be able to retrieve or reset your username and password by using the "secret question and answer" you create for your profile. If you have a username and password, you will be prompted to complete a profile upon login to Grants.gov. If you are new to Grants.gov follow the steps to register and complete your profile at that time. To view a helpful Organization Registration tutorial, click here.


February 2009   

TIP OF THE MONTH FOR FEBRUARY: 

Submit early to ensure your application package is received by the closing date. During high application submission periods, such as February, there may be delays while submitting your application package. If you experience a delay, be patient; sometimes it can take up to 20 minutes to finish processing a large application package. Contact the Grants.gov Contact Center if you are experiencing a delay of 20 minutes or more, as there may be other issues with your application. The Grants.gov Contact Center is available via email: support@grants.gov or telephone: 1-800-518-4726 Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Help can be found 24 hours a day for technical issues on the Troubleshooting Tips page.


January 2009   

TIP OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY: 
Keep up with what's new at Grants.gov by checking out the Grants.gov Blog. The blog is updated regularly to keep you in the know about everything grants; from new grant opportunities, meeting announcements, to system functionality, the blog covers it all. Get first hand information from the Grants.gov team and other members of the grant community. The blog is an additional resource to the Grants.gov site. Access the Grants.gov blog from the homepage or visit: http://grants-gov.blogspot.com/.


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