Grant Identification Tool

Stimulus packages from the federal government, including the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan, have made a significant number of grants available to states to support their COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. State agencies are spending valuable time and resources sifting through the grants to identify those that are most relevant and to begin the application process. U.S. Digital Response has developed a tool to help states more easily identify federal grant opportunities, coordinate application processes internally, and efficiently access funds for their communities.

Deliverables

Automate the discovery and identification of federal grant opportunities

Rather than requiring a daily, manual search of grants.gov to find applicable grant opportunities, USDR’s tool allows a state to set up preset search keywords and eligibility codes to automatically surface grant opportunities each day. Using a custom API, the tool compiles grant opportunities from grants.gov and shows filtered results based on a user’s keywords and codes. This ensures that every time a state employee uses the tool, they will only see grants that meet their specific search criteria. Based on work across multiple states, USDR provides a set of recommended keywords that are commonly used to help aggregate applicable grant opportunities. USDR’s team also sets up administrative users to add their own keywords and eligibility codes based on their agencies’ needs.

Coordinate grant applications across state agencies

Once a grant has been identified, users have the option to select whether or not they’re interested in submitting an application. Users can mark that they’d like to apply, that they’d like to support someone else’s application, or that they are not interested in a particular grant. The tool also allows users to see which other users have reviewed a grant opportunity, whether or not they’ve marked their level of interest. This selection can be viewed across all state agencies, allowing users to see which other employees they should coordinate or collaborate with to prepare a grant application.

Enable staff and admin access to increase visibility of agency activity throughout the state

Every state agency’s administrators and staff will have access to the tool, allowing staff to read and review the grant opportunities and administrators to add new users and set eligibility codes. Allowing multiple users to access the tool and grant information ensures that staff and administrators across state agencies share a common starting point for beginning a grant application process.

Let's get started

Implementing USDR’s grant identification tool is a simple process that begins with clarifying the number of departments and agencies and the organizational hierarchy within a state. From there, USDR assists with setting up the tool with the proper users and permissions. Our team of pro bono experts will help ensure that users are equipped to add eligibility codes and mark their level of interest on relevant grant opportunities.

Deploying this tool can take as little as one week. Tap the sign up button below to fill out our intake form to get started.

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