I am often asked how InfoStrat became involved in grants management and why Microsoft chose InfoStrat to develop its grant management solutions Stimulus360 and Grants Manager Plus.
Since the late 1990s, InfoStrat has been working in grants management for state, local, and federal agencies. In 2009, we were contracted by Microsoft to build the Microsoft Stimulus360 ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) Grant Management system which we deployed in the states of California, Arizona, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, cities including Chicago and Seattle and counties such as Harris County, Texas, Los Angeles County, California and Cook County, Illinois.
Since then Grants Manager Plus has been adopted by grantors in many countries including the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.
In January of 2011, InfoStrat worked with Microsoft to launch the next version of Stimulus360 as the Microsoft Grants Manager Plus Accelerator. It was initially called Grants360. We continue to maintain the solution and introduce new versions as Microsoft releases new capabilities in Dynamics 365, the successor to Dynamics CRM.
Microsoft Dynamics has been an excellent platform for grant management because it is integrated into Office 365 and allows extension and integration to provide unique capabilities which are needed by each grantor.
For more information on grant management and Microsoft Grants Manager Plus, see my posts:
Microsoft Grants Manager Plus Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
6 Things to Look for in Grant Management Software
Estimating the Cost of a Microsoft Grants Manager Plus Implementation
Grants Manager Plus: Theme and Variations
Microsoft Grants Manager Plus
Online Resources for Microsoft Grants Manager Plus
Portal Options for Microsoft Grants Manager
Statewide Grant Management Systems
Usage Scenarios for Microsoft Grants Manager