August 29, 2016 Changing in December 2017

The following message was received today from This change will have a significant impact on how applications are compiled in the future. Although the change is not until December 2017, you may want to check out the Workspace overview and training. User,

In an effort to provide continued updates about the upcoming changes to, we are providing notice that in December 2017, will phase out the Legacy Application Package. This means that applicants will no longer be able to apply using the older, single PDF package of forms.

Instead, applicants will apply for grants using Workspace, which separates the application package into individual forms. Applicants will apply by creating a workspace, completing the individual PDF forms, and submitting their application workspace package. Also, the new online forms interface will be added to and will be accessible through Workspace in mid-2017.

The phase-out of the Legacy Application Package is still more than a year away, but now is the time to prepare for this change.

Use Workspace to apply for your next federal grant. Doing so will also prepare you to use the upcoming online forms feature.

Using Workspace brings a range of benefits to applicants and their organizations:
  1. Workspace streamlines collaboration. Multiple forms can be completed at once by a team of applicants.
  2. Workspace saves time. Forms from old workspaces can be reused, reducing data-entry, and saving valuable time.
  3. Workspace helps detect errors earlier. Improved error-checking allows applicants to catch and correct errors earlier resulting in fewer rejected submissions.
  4. Workspace simplifies applying. In a Workspace, every link and button is explained in context-sensitive help articles. has also created a series of video tutorials to walk applicants through the Workspace submission process.
Please review the Notices page for up-to-date information regarding upcoming changes:

For more information about Workspace, please visit our various Workspace resources:
Please feel free to share them by emailing us at or posting feedback on the Community Blog.

Note: S2S users are unaffected by this phase-out.