Summary of Upcoming Changes with User Impacts

(Revised April 3, 2017)

AFFECTED USERS CHANGE DESCRIPTION
Effective Date: April 15, 2017
Grantor, Applicant, Grantor S2S, Applicant S2S

Grants.gov PRODUCTION Environment Disabling of HTTP Connections

Training Environment - Supports HTTPS only
Production Environment - Supports HTTPS only

Grants.gov is strengthening the security of its website and web services to provide service only through HTTPS connections.  

  • Grants.gov will disable the port for HTTP connections to the PRODUCTION environment and only HTTPS connection will be available.

Here's how you can prepare for the changes:

  • For public (non-S2S) users:
    • Access the PRODUCTION website via https://www.grants.gov.
    • Update browser bookmarks for Grants.gov PRODUCTION.
  • For S2S users:
    • Verify your systems continue to work after HTTP connections are disabled.
Effective Date: June 30, 2017
Grantor, Applicant, Grantor S2S, Applicant S2S

Previous/Legacy XML extract format will be retired.

  • Users of XML Extract should transition to using the new format
Effective Date: December 31, 2017
Grantor, Applicant

Legacy PDF Application Package will be phased out in December 31, 2017.

  • Applicants will no longer be able to download the older, single PDF application package of forms.
  • Applicants can apply for grants using Grants.gov Workspace, which separates the application package into individual forms. Applicants can create a workspace, complete the individual PDF forms, and submit their application workspace package.
  • The new online forms interface is now available in Grants.gov (as of February 2017) and is only accessible through Workspace.
  • For any funding opportunities where applicants have downloaded the legacy PDF application package, they will be able to continue to submit that package until March 31, 2018.
  • S2S Submissions will continue to be supported.

For more information about Grants.gov Workspace, please visit our various Workspace resources:

For the Summary of Recent Changes with User Impact, please see the Releases page for the details of the recent enhancements to Grants.gov.