• March 2004
  • Vol. 5, No. 2

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Grants.gov Offers a Single Source for Information About Federal Grants

Launched in late 2003, Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) is the one-stop shop for information on Federal grants. A total of 26 Federal agencies, including the Departments of Health and Human Services, Justice, and Education, now post all grant announcements on Grants.gov.

Key features of the website include:

  • Synopses of grant opportunities.
  • Online grant applications (not currently available for all grants).
  • A detailed search function to help grant seekers access all grants relevant to their area(s) of interest across multiple Federal agencies.
  • Email alerts for new grant postings.

In addition, Grants.gov offers customer support services that include a tutorial, user guide, frequently asked questions, and email support. The Government hopes this site will save time for prospective applicants searching for grant opportunities and preparing applications. The online applications are easy to use and can be downloaded and completed offline, giving applicants greater flexibility.

Grants.gov was developed though a collaborative effort of 11 Federal agencies, led by the Department of Health and Human Services. A number of market research efforts, including in-depth stakeholder interviews and meetings, are being conducted to ensure that stakeholders have input into the site's development. Future phases will include grant reporting and closeout functions.

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The 2004 Children's Bureau discretionary grant announcements will be published soon on Grants.gov and in the Federal Register. There will be several separate CB funding announcements this year, rather than one consolidated announcement. They may not all be released at the same time. If you have questions about the 2004 funding announcements, call the ACYF Operations Center at (866) 796-1591.

ACYF Grant Web (www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/grantreview/) offers a searchable database of abstracts for grants funded by the Administration for Children, Youth and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (Editor's note: The previous link is no longer active, but visit http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/ to view ACF funding opportunity announcements.) The site also contains information for individuals seeking to become grant reviewers. For more information, see "New Online Database of ACYF-Funded Programs" in the September 2003 issue and "Assistance for Prospective Grant Reviewers and Recipients" in the April 2003 issue of Children's Bureau Express.

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