How can institutions that rely on government grant or foundation funding put social media concepts to work for them? With each passing year the world becomes more connected, and workforces are increasingly populated with young people who don’t remember a world without cell phones and the Internet. Their world is always connected to friends, family and information, at their fingertips, all the time. That social networking model can knock down the barriers that face grant seekers by streamlining information, simplifying the communications process and facilitating increasingly critical collaboration. This whitepaper Using Social Media Tools in a Collaborative Grant-Producing Environment explains how organizations can learn valuable lessons about applying the principles of social networking to make collaboration in grant-seeking simpler and more effective.