Thursday, April 23, 2009 -- Alternate Systems to Process Grant Applications

Due to the expected increase in system activity resulting from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has authorized steps to alleviate system strain and quickly increase system capacity. As part of this strategy, select programs may choose to use alternate systems to process grant applications during this heightened period of demand. As a result, once you have identified your grant opportunity, be sure to carefully read the instructions to ensure you are following proper submission procedures for that program, even if you have applied before.

Note that will still be the one place to find all available Federal grant opportunities. All opportunities posted on will include specific application instructions, including as appropriate, instructions for submitting applications outside of

The following agencies will be accepting some or all applications outside of – National Park Service (NPS) SAT Grants, Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Education (D0ED) Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Transportation (DOT), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Air and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF.) Please place close attention to the grant announcements and application instructions for these agencies. Applicants for grant announcements offered by agencies using alternate systems should note that the Contact Center can not address questions or issues relating to an alternate processing system. For assistance, applicants for these announcements should contact the designated official specified in the grant announcement and application instructions for the agency issuing the opportunity.

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