A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE (GRANTS): GRANTS.GOV FIND AND
STANDARD ANNOUNCEMENT FORMAT - FINAL POLICY
Interim Grants.govFIND policy was issued Departmentwide by memorandum dated
September 15, 2003. The attached final Grants.govFIND policy supersedes the previously issued interim policy.
Grants.gov FIND is the single point of entry for Federal government grant and assistance opportunities. It is authorized under the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999, Public Law 106-107, and the E-Gov initiative of the President's Management Agenda. The purpose of the Grants.gov FIND module is to provide potential applicants with:
1. Enough information about any funding opportunity to decide whether they are interested in viewing the full announcement;
2. Information on one or more ways to obtain the full announcement (e.g., an Internet site, e-mail address or telephone number); and
3. One common Web site for all Federal financial assistance opportunities searchable by key word, date, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)
number or specific agency name.
As of October 1, 2003, all Federal grant-making agencies were required to participate in this significant endeavor. Applicants may access Grants.gov where they may find announcement information and apply for assistance electronically. Bureaus may continue to provide announcement information through other avenues as appropriate, but must also provide information through Grants.gov FIND in the proper format. For your convenience, the updated Grants.gov FIND User Guide and Federal Register notices are attached. The use of Grants.gov FIND for mandatory program announcements is optional, but encouraged.
Changes from the interim policy dated September 15, 2003, include:
2. Bureaus/offices may either post the full announcement on their web site and provide a URL link from the Grants.gov FIND synopsis; post the full announcement on Grants.gov FIND; or do both;
3. The exceptions for announcing a grant or cooperative agreement program in Grants.gov FIND have been clarified and changed; and
4. Guidance for programs that are not required to have a Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number.
A revised Grants.govFIND Standard Format and Data Elements Policy Guide, based on the Controller, Office of Management and Budget's memorandum to the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies regarding the standard format and data elements for use with Grants.govFIND is provided in Appendix A.
If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Debra Sonderman, Director, Office of Acquisition and Property Management (PAM) on 202-208-6352. Members of your staff may contact Tammy Pataluna, PAM, on 202-208-4080.