If you haven’t been to the Grants.gov website in a while, you can expect a few changes the next time to visit the site. Grants.gov now has a new homepage design aimed at providing better access to information by its users.
The site continues to have the tabs at the top of the homepage for potential applicants to search for grants, as well as tabs for Grants.gov’s Grants Learning Center, applicant actions and resources, grantor resources, system-to-system information, forms, and communications.
However, further down on the home page, the site features many boxes to for users to directly find information. Along with a box for the Grants Learning Center, there is a link to a video on applying for federal grants as a team on Grants.gov’s Workspace, a calendar of scheduled updates, a link to information on grant eligibility, an explanation of how to edit online forms, a summary of upcoming changes to the site with user impacts, and other features.
Along with the new look, the website also has updated some other aspects of the site. It plans to make up to 50 online forms available, based on usage, and has incorporated user feedback to make the forms easier to save and edit. The site also is allowing users to consolidate user accounts to move towards one account per Grants.gov applicant with: (1) a unique user ID; (2) all required account fields populated; and (3) a unique email address. Users will only need to register once with Grants.gov and will be able to maintain one account. Although Grants.gov notes that users may delay the merging of accounts, it “highly recommends” users merger their accounts “at their earliest convenience.” For more information on these changes and other upcoming changes at Grants.gov, go to http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/outreach/grants-gov-notices.html.
Let us know what you think about the changes at Grants.gov and if you think they are positive or negative changes. We’d like to hear from you.