ONLINE GRANTS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM INFORMATION
Q: How do I access the Online Grants System?
To access the Online Grants System, use the following link: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=cfmdin. This link is also available on the Apply for Grants section of the website and on each grants description page under "Apply Now."
Q: Which browser would be most compatible with the Online Grants System?
For the best user experience when applying for a grant, we recommend using Google Chrome 14 or higher, Firefox 9 or higher, or Safari 4 or higher. It is fine to use Internet Explorer, but you may encounter some minor technical issues.
Q. Do I have to complete my application all at once?
No. At the bottom of the application is a “Save as Draft” button. We recommend you save your application often and before logging out. You can log in at a later time to continue working on your application. We recommend that you cut and paste your application answers after each question into a Word document to save as backup.
Q. What time do I need to submit my application by?
All applications must be submitted by 4:30pm (EST) on the day of the deadline. You will not be able to submit your application after that.
Q. Can I apply for more than one grant cycle at a time?
Yes. The online grants manager allows you to start multiple applications to the cycles for which you want your proposals to be considered. It is not possible to submit the same proposal to multiple cycles.
Q. Why are there character limits to the application questions?
There are generous limits on the amount of text you can submit to keep the application flowing for committee review. You will see a character counter displayed below the entry field. This will actively tell you how many characters you have entered and will let you know when you are approaching the limit. You will not be able to save a draft of your application if you exceed the character limit. You are not required to reach the character limit!
Q. How do I upload files to my application?
For application questions that request an uploaded attachment, click the Browse button and then choose the desired document from your computer. The file name of the uploaded file will be indicated under the Browse button. Then save your application (button at the bottom of page). Pay attention to your file names – remove extra periods or replace them with a dash or underscore character.
Q. What file formats will be accepted for attachments?
We prefer that you attach files in a PDF format (.pdf). We will also accept files in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Excel (.xls or .xlsx). In some cases, photo formats such as .jpg, .jpeg, .bmp, .gif, or .png are acceptable. Unacceptable formats include files with "exe", "com", "vbs", and "bat" extensions.
Q. What is the maximum size file upload?
The file size limit is noted next to the Browse button and the system will not accept files greater than this limit. Some users have trouble with appropriate settings on a scanner and end up with larger file sizes. You may consider using the Reduced File Size feature of Adobe.
Q. How should I name my files?
You should give each file a name that identifies your organization and the type of required document it represents. For example, a file representing your revenue and expenses for the current year could be named “OrgName_revenue_expenses2017.” Do not use any symbols except dash or underscore, as symbols can interfere with the upload process.
Q. How do I delete a file that I have uploaded to the application?
There are two ways to remove an uploaded file from an application. Once the file has been uploaded a delete button will appear below the file name. Clicking Delete will remove the file. Or, to replace the file a new file can be uploaded in its place. Simply upload the correct form to the question and the old uploaded form will be erased.
Q. Can I upload more than one file upload per question?
Applicants can only upload a single document in response to an upload question. If an applicant has more than one file they need to upload, they need to combine the files either electronically or via scanning.
Q. Why am I having trouble uploading my file?
There a few different reasons one may experience file upload issues:
File names – Remove extra periods or replace them with a dash or underscore characters.
File size – Files that exceed the maximum file size limit will cause an error. Compress the files by scanning or using Adobe’s Reduce File Size option.
Q. I do not have the required attachments in electronic form? Can I make other arrangements to deliver them to you?
Call us for options at 765-747-7181. The online system will not allow you to submit your application unless you attach the required materials. If you do not have the documents electronically, you can scan the information into a PDF file or we may be able to scan it for you.
Q. Help! Why did I lose my edits?
If you stay on one page for an extended period of time without saving, your account may “time out” without warning or a weak internet connection may momentarily disconnect your computer while you are working on the application.
As a safeguard, we recommend that you save your application often, cut and paste your application answers after each question into a Word document to save as backup or work from a Word document instead. Additionally, to restore your edits, try re-loading your internet page, as sometimes the browser will cache an older version of your page or try logging out, wait a few minutes, and then log back in and re-open your application.
Q. How do I print my application for my records?
If you would like a paper copy of your application for your own records, login to the application portal and choose the Application Packet link. This will create a PDF of your application. You can print or save this document. You will always have access to your application by logging back into the application portal, even after you submit it.
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