How to Apply

Basic Field Grant

Each year, we accept Basic Field Grant applications for the identified service areas in competition. All components of the grant application must be submitted through the online application system

The application process for the calendar year 2021 grant cycle is the launch year for the new grants management system, GrantEase. All applicants will be required to complete a full application regardless of whether the service area(s) is in award or renewal status.

As a result of these improvements, this year’s basic field grant application process for Calendar Year 2021 grant awards will run on a compressed schedule. Please note the significant changes to the basic field grant process:

  • A new and more streamlined basic field grant application;
  • The elimination of Post-Program Quality Visit (Post-PQV) applications;
  • The elimination of multiple application schedules (no more schedules A, B and C. All applicants will follow one timeline);
  • The elimination of a separate Fiscal Grantee Funding Application (FGFA) (the FGFA and basic field application have been combined into one application); and
  • The implementation of a brand-new Grants Management System: GrantEase;
  • The Notice of Intent to Compete (NIC) will now be referred to as “pre-application.”

Subgrant application(s) for Basic Field Grants are submitted at the same time as the Basic Field application and follow the deadlines linked below.  For more information on how to submit a subgrant application click here.

Your application will be evaluated based on the following resources and standards:

If your organization is applying to more than one service area, your organization's application should address the unique aspects of each service area. For example, delivery of services for a Basic Field – General grant may differ from service delivery for a Basic Field – Native American grant or Basic Field – Agricultural Worker grant, because of the different needs and priorities of the different communities.

Basic Field Grant Orientation

LSC will host a Basic Field Grant Orientation on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The webinar will introduce applicants to the updated basic field grant application process, demonstrate how to navigate the application in GrantEase, walk through the new basic field grant application, and answer any questions. More information will be made available here closer to the time of the scheduled webinar.

Application Instructions for Service Area in Competitive Status

Applicants interested in applying for one or more of the 61 service areas that are in competition for the Calendar Year 2021 Basic Field Grant Funding are encouraged to follow the instructions outlined in this section. These instructions apply to applicants that:

  • are current recipients
  • are not current LSC recipients

Step 1: Register in GrantEase

GrantEase is LSC’s new grants management system. Existing LSC grantees have been pre-registered and have received separate instructions on how to complete their account registration.

New applicants must go to GrantEase and register a new account in the system. As part of the registration process, someone from LSC will reach out to the new applicant.

Please reach out to GrantEaseSupport@lsc.gov with any system-related questions.

Step 2: Certify Compliance with Grant Terms and Conditions

In order to receive a Basic Field Grant, the applicant must certify compliance with the 2021 Grant Terms and Conditions. Applicants will be asked to certify compliance with the 2021 Grant Terms and Conditions in the Pre-Application.

Visit Grantee Guidance for more detailed information about reporting and compliance requirements as well as applicable law.

Step 3: Submit a Pre-Application (formerly known as the Notice of Intent to Compete)

The pre-application was released in GrantEase on May 13, 2020. Programs with service areas in competition for a Calendar Year 2021 Basic Field Grant, as well as any new applicants, are required to submit a Pre-Application. Applicants are required to register in the new GrantEase system in order to access and submit the Pre-Application.

The Pre-Application requires:

  • the service area(s) applied for
  • the names and resumes of the applicant’s organization's principals and key staff, including the executive director
  • the names and resumes of the applicant’s current or proposed governing or policy body members and their appointing organizations (a resume template for client eligible board members is available here.)

The Pre-Application is due June 15, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. Please visit the GrantEase Training page and see FAQ’s from the May 13 Webinar on the Pre-Application.

Applicants will receive a system notification that the Pre-Application has been submitted. Applicants will receive another system notification when LSC approves or rejects the Pre-Application.

Step 4: Attend the Basic Field Grant Orientation Webinar

Once LSC approves the Pre-Application, the applicant should review the basic field grant application for Calendar Year 2021. Applicants are invited to attend the Basic Field Grant Orientation on July 1, 2020 before the release of the application in GrantEase on July 20, 2020.  More information about the webinar will be made available here.

Step 5: Complete the Basic Field Grant Application

The basic field grant application will be made available in GrantEase on or around July 20, 2020.

Standard Grant Renewal Application

The Standard Grant Renewal Application is for applicants that are current recipients and have a multi-year grant award. Because the 2021 grant cycle is the launch year for GrantEase, all applicants, including renewal applicants, will be required to complete a full application regardless of whether the service area(s) is in competition or renewal status. Renewal applicants do not need to fill out a Pre-Application.

Step 1: Register in GrantEase

GrantEase is LSC’s new grants management system. Existing LSC grantees have been pre-registered and have received separate instructions on how to complete their account registration.

Please reach out to GrantEaseSupport@lsc.gov  with any system-related questions.

Step 2: Attend the Basic Field Grant Orientation Webinar

Renewal applicants should review the basic field grant application for Calendar Year 2021. Applicants are invited to attend the Basic Field Grant Orientation on July 1, 2020, before the release of the application in GrantEase on July 20, 2020.  More information about the webinar will be made available here.

Step 3: Certify Compliance with Grant Terms and Conditions

In order to receive a Basic Field Grant, the applicant must certify compliance with the 2021 Grant Terms and Conditions. Applicants will be asked to certify compliance with the 2021 Grant Terms and Conditions as part of the grant application in GrantEase.

Visit Grantee Guidance for more detailed information about reporting and compliance requirements as well as applicable law.

Step 4: Complete the Grant Renewal Application

Renewal applicants will receive a separate email when the application is available in GrantEase on or around July 20, 2020.

 

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