Federal Government to Begin Development of ‘E-Grants’ Program Next Month
The federal government on July 1 plans to begin to develop an "e-grants" program that will allow state and local governments to apply for grants online, Government E-Business reports. The government provides an estimated $400 billion in grants each year, and HHS issues about half of those grants, including tens of millions of dollars to states for Medicaid. The e-grants program will use an existing government Web portal, FedBizOpps, to establish a "storefront" where individuals can search for grant offers. In the future, the government plans to allow individuals to purchase a "package to apply for e-grants, much like the public can buy tax preparation software," Charles Havekost, e-grants program manager at HHS, said. The $20 million e-grants program represents one of five large e-government programs that the White House Office of Management and Budget decided to fund in April. The program will begin in October 2003 (Hasson, Government E-Business, 6/11). For more iHealth & Technology stories, visit iHealthBeat.org, a new Web publication sponsored by the California HealthCare Foundation.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.