October 27, 2004
Grants.gov Marks First Anniversary
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Grants.gov,
the single secure Web site to find and apply for federal grants,
today marked its first year of operations. Accomplishing most
of its first year goals, Grants.gov demonstrates that E-government
is making it easier for citizens to interact with the government.
"In just one year, Grants.gov has
established itself to be a proven
concept and an indisputable success," HHS Secretary Tommy
G. Thompson said. "In just 12 months, site usage has
grown significantly to more than 5 million page views each
month and the momentum continues."
Grants.gov is the single Web site unifying
federal grants. Through
Grants.gov, state, local, and tribal governments, colleges
and universities, non-profits, research institutions, and
other organizations can access, find, and apply for grants
from more than 900 grant programs representing more than $360
billion in annual grant funds offered by the 26 Federal grant-making
The accomplishments that make Grants.gov's
first anniversary worth
celebrating are many. Already, more than ...
* 1,200 electronic grant applications have been received
* 3,000 grant-seeking organizations have enrolled to apply
* 1,400 grant opportunity notices are currently posted on
the Web site
* 600,000 grant opportunity notices are emailed to interested
* 4 major awards have recognized the impact, technology and
of the site
"Our growing usage results from several
factors," says Rebecca Spitzgo, current Grants.gov program
manager. "General awareness is building due to marketing
efforts and word-of-mouth buzz in the grant community. Grants.gov
lists 100 percent of federal grant notices and we have had
more than 60 percent of our grantor agencies able to successfully
post application packages and accept grant applications electronically.
And we've enhanced the site
making it easier than ever to find and apply for a wider range
User satisfaction with Grants.gov's comprehensive
listings and simplicity of use is leading to repeat site visits
and pass-along endorsements.
"I love Grants.gov," says Jane
Lopez, research administrator for Virginia Institute of Marine
Science. "It's grants submission for dummies."
Nora Palmatier, a nonprofit proposal writer,
stated, "Grants.gov has shown me the wide variety of
departments that provide funding applicable for a project
a client is planning -- and having the notices emailed straight
to us is wonderful."
"While increases in site usage and
features have been steady throughout Grants.gov's first year,
it is our future that we are most excited about," says
Spitzgo. "We plan to announce even more new capabilities
before year- end. We also know there are thousands of grant-seeking
organizations across the country that can benefit from Grants.gov
but have not yet heard about it. There is much work to do
as we enter our second year, but we're ready for and excited
by the challenge."
Grants.gov is one of 24 E-government initiatives
under the governance of Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
It was one of only two E-government initiatives to successfully
meet OMB operational goals this year.
Grants.gov is a collaborative effort led
by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Collaborative
partners include the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce,
Defense, Education, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development,
Justice, Labor and Transportation, Federal Emergency Management
Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, National Endowment
Humanities and the National Science Foundation.
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