Organizations can find and apply for $360 billion worth of competitive federal grant opportunities on a new Web site unveiled by HHS on Tuesday.
The White House Office of Management and Budget designated HHS the managing partner for developing the site, www.grants.gov, which is a major component of President Bush's Electronic Government (E-Gov) initiative.
HHS funds more than half of all the competitive grants administered by the federal government. The site has information about more than 800 grant programs involving all 26 federal grant-making agencies. Currently, grant application packages have been posted by HHS and the U.S. departments of Commerce, Education, Energy and Justice.
"By putting relevant information in one place, we're helping to level the playing field for organizations less familiar with federal grant programs so that they too can identify and apply for appropriate grants," says HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson, in a written statement.
Information on the site is presented in a standardized format across agencies. It includes "Find Grant Opportunities" and "Apply for Grants" features intended to simplify the application process.