InfoStrat Grants Manager Plus is used for tracking many types of grants because the data model may be extended with new fields and entities. For tracking Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the system tracks grants in ways that are different from typical grants.
CDBG-DR grants flow from a federal grant to a state, where they are broken into multiple grants to local entities which in turn are used to fund individual grants for such activities as housing repairs, infrastructure projects and remediation of damage such as erosion.
The grant management system must track funding at all stages of the grant life cycle. As shown above, a CDBG-DR grant recipient develops action plans along with associated budgets and metrics. Sub-recipients such as local government agencies apply for grants which ultimately become contracts when awarded.
After award, as projects are completed, grantees submit payment requests which allocate budgeted funds against project milestones and achieve the metrics planned for the grant. Using an integrated system allows reporting at all levels of the grant, from the grantee to subrecipient to federal reports which are submitted to HUD on a periodic basis.
Grantees and sub-recipients interact with Grants Manager Plus through a web portal. The portal is used for applications, status reports, payment requests and submission of documents to the 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
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Online Resources for Microsoft Grants Manager Plus
Portal Options for Microsoft Grants Manager
Statewide Grant Management Systems
Usage Scenarios for Microsoft Grants Manager
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