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Understanding Programs in Grants Manager Plus

InfoStrat's Grants Manager Plus solution helps grantor agencies with the full lifecycle of a grant.  This blog post focuses on setting up grant programs.

A grant program allows you to establish rules that govern applications, scoring, and reporting for a set of applications.  For instance, a grant program is of a specified type, has dates that relate to it, and draws funding from one or more funding sources.  Applications for a specific program have questions and metrics that may be different from one program to another but are consistent across applications for that grant program.  Reporting is often tied to a specific program, such as budgets and spending.

One of the design goals of Grants Manager Plus was to allow a single system to be used for an extended period rather than creating a new system each time a new program is established.

Creating a new program involves defining all the attributes of the program, such as:

  • Start and end dates for the grants
  • Deadlines
  • Reporting schedules
  • Application questions
  • Application metrics (these will be used in post-award reports)
  • Budgets
  • Action plans

Grant applications interact with Grants Manager Plus through an online portal.  The portal uses program configuration to create the application forms, which are inherently dynamic depending on the settings which were chosen for the program.

For instance, here are some questions for eligibility determination as they would look to a portal user:

If the user had chosen a different program, the appropriate eligibility questions would have appeared on the portal form.

For more information, see these related blog 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
InfoStrat Releases New Version of Grants Manager Plus
Understanding Grant Management Data: CDBG-DR Programs

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