FOR HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
Linda M. Springer
Issues Grants.gov FIND Policy
purposes of this memorandum are to announce the issuance of a new grants
management policy on the requirement to post funding opportunity announcement
synopses at Grants.gov and to provide the policy and its related data
elements. This final policy notice, published in the Federal Register
on October 8, 2003 [68 FR 58146], is available on OMB’s website
Purpose. This policy directive establishes a government-wide
requirement for Federal agencies to electronically post synopses of announcements
of funding opportunities under financial assistance programs that award
discretionary grants and cooperative agreements, using a standard set
of data elements. The purpose of the synopsis is to provide potential
applicants (1) enough information about the funding opportunity to decide
whether they are interested in viewing the full announcement; (2) one
or more ways (e.g., an Internet site, e-mail address or telephone number)
to get the full announcement with the detailed information; and (3) one
common website to search for all Federal grant opportunities by key word,
date, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number, specific agency
or across agencies. The attached data elements are the government-wide
standard developed for Federal programs that award discretionary grants
and cooperative agreements.
Authority. The policy directive is part of the implementation
of the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999
(Public Law 106-107). This policy is also designed to further implement
the Grants.gov initiative, one of the 24 electronic government (E-Gov)
initiatives under the President's Management Agenda.
Background. Public Law 106-107, requires the Office of Management
and Budget (OMB) to direct, coordinate, and assist Executive Branch departments
and agencies in establishing an interagency process to streamline and
simplify Federal financial assistance procedures for non-Federal entities.
The law also requires executive agencies to allow applicants to electronically
apply for and report on the use of funds from any Federal financial assistance
program administered by the agency.
of standard synopses in an electronic environment provides government
customers the opportunity to locate funding opportunities in one place
and to decide whether or not to apply for the opportunity. Establishing
data standards for the electronic format of the synopses and the posting
of synopses on the Internet serve to implement Public Law 106-107 and
the President's Management Agenda.
Policy. The data elements/format attached to this policy directive
are the government-wide standard for posting synopses at http://www.Grants.gov
or such website/Internet address that may be identified by OMB, for programs
that award discretionary grants and cooperative agreements. Agencies should
continue to post their full announcement at location(s) consistent with
any applicable statutory requirements and policy. All Federal agencies
are required to post synopses of announcements of funding opportunities
for programs that award discretionary grants and cooperative agreements
at the Grants.gov FIND module and are also encouraged to post other types
of Federal funding opportunities at Grants.gov FIND. The synopsis shall
be posted with universal resource locator (URL) links through which the
full announcement can be obtained. A URL link from the synopsis to the
full announcement is not necessary for full announcements posted to Grants.gov
because the synopsis and full announcement share the same URL. However,
in this event the synopsis must indicate that the full announcement can
be found at Grants.gov FIND.
Applicability. All Federal agencies will be required to
post synopses of their discretionary grant and cooperative agreement
funding opportunity announcements and modifications to the announcements
at Grants.gov or a website/Internet address identified by OMB, using
the standard data elements/format, except for:
- Programs that only publish funding opportunities in
the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).
- Announcements of funding opportunities for awards
less than $25,000 for which 100 percent of eligible applicants
live outside of the United States.
- Single source announcements of funding opportunities
issued by an agency which are specifically directed to a known
- Effective Date. This policy directive is effective on November
7, 2003, thirty days from date of publication in the Federal Register
[68 FR 58146]. All agencies shall post announcement synopses at the
Grants.gov FIND module beginning November 7, 2003. A synopsis of the
Federal funding opportunity shall be posted at Grants.gov FIND no later
than three business days after release of the full announcement.
Exemptions. Requests for exemptions must be directed to
OMB, Office of Federal Financial Management (OFFM).
- Issue any needed direction to offices that award discretionary
grants and cooperative agreements on the requirement to post a synopsis
at the Grants.gov FIND module, including the standard data elements/format.
Synopses must follow the format to ensure all required data elements
- Ensure the synopsis posted at the Grants.gov FIND Module
will have full instructions regarding where to obtain the full announcement
for the funding opportunity. To further satisfy statutory, regulatory,
or the agency's policy requirements, some agencies may need to announce
the funding opportunity in the Federal Register.
- Obtain a Catalog of Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number for
all programs that post a synopsis at Grants.gov. For those programs
that do not have an assigned CFDA number, the program office or agency
must contact the Grants.gov Program Management Office to obtain an
alternate identifier to be used in the synopsis posted at the Grants.gov
Information Contact. Direct any requests for exemption or questions
about the policy to the Office of Federal Financial Management (OFFM),