Microsoft has overhauled the portal capabilities of the Power Apps Portal product which was formerly available as an add-on component for Dynamics 365 apps such Sales and Customer Service, and now makes these capabilities available as Power Pages. Power Pages websites allow you to build websites with static pages and content as well as, more importantly, forms and views to display data from Dataverse.
Power Pages enable grant applicants, grant reviewers, vendors and the public to interact with grant data. Because a Power Pages portal is a website, users do not have to learn a new user interface, and you have control over the look of the site such as branding consistent with the graphic standards used by your organization.
Here are some of the portal pages typically used for grant portals:
- Authentication. Login and related functions such as forgot password or change password. These are provided out of the box.
- Grant program information. Publish your notice of funding availability (NOFA) here and other information needed by prospective grant applicants.
- Grant outcomes. Reports, statistics and visualizations to show the impact of your grant programs. These may include heat maps showing where funding has the greatest impact as well as business charts and graphs.
- Grant applications. Online applications are the heart of the grant process, and replace paper or document-based (PDF) applications. Grants Manager Plus makes the applications dynamic so that each program shows only the fields needed for the applicant. Forms may be broken into pages and sections and progress is automatically saved.
- Review and scoring. Reviewers access applications on the portal, and use portal forms to submit scores and comments.
- Application status. Applicants can check on the status of their application and be notified when an award decision is made.
- Payment requests. Grantees use the portal to make payment requests, submitting any required backup materials such as receipts online.
- Payment history and status. Grantees can see which payments have been processed as well as notifications for additional information requests.
- Post-award reporting. Grantees submit periodic reports on the portal showing how they achieve grant goals.
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