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Grants Management & Goal Setting: Tools to Drive Performance

by Benh Pham on August 29, 2011

grants management,grant tracking software and goal setting

For most organizations, goal setting is an essential planning activity; for those that are grant-active, goal setting becomes even more vital.  At times, however, goal setting can become an overwhelming process, especially as you plan for grant funding.  Fortunately, tools are available to assist your organization to become strategic and sophisticated in goal setting for your grant-active department.

Grants Network: Tracking and Reporting (GN: T&R) offers organizations an effective tool to set grant goals and track progress toward them.  The grants management system encourages transparency throughout the organization by clearly delineating how goals are being met and by stating the amount of each grant award.  Organizations can be strategic in their efforts by tracking progress toward specific outcome measures and by ensuring that various organizational units are working together, with no overlap. 

GN: T&R enables organizational leaders to determine “real time” where the organization stands with grant awards as well as what is still being considered.  With just a glance, leaders can determine which agencies have funded the organization; this helps the organization to nurture positive relationships with these agencies.  The grants management system itself becomes a planning tool—with all grant awards in one location, managers can determine the workload facing their staff and plan in advance for needed adjustments. 

GN: T&R also acts as a time-saving tool for the grant writers within the organization.  Because all grant proposals are maintained in one location, pieces of a previously written grant can easily be obtained for cutting and pasting into a new grant proposal.  This ensures a consistent organizational message is delivered to funding sources. Remember, however, to always reference the funding agency’s instructions should any modification be required.

A large eCivis client in a west coast state reports success with GN: T&R.  The organization has set a goal of obtaining $1.3 million in grant funding for various projects.  The system allows the client to know the progress it is making toward that goal, and which departments have been successful in submitting grant proposals and which need additional assistance.  With this information, management has the knowledge it needs to make long-term strategic planning decisions. 

Rather than a vacuum of information, Grants Network: Tracking & Reporting provides a central grants management system for the grant professionals and leadership. By becoming strategic and sophisticated in goal setting for grant-active departments, your organization will be truly able to best meet the needs of the public you serve.

About eCivis

eCivis is the nation's leading grants management software solution and the ideal platform for improving local governments' and community-based organizations' grants performance. For more information about eCivis, visit www.ecivis.com.

For media inquiries, contact media@ecivis.com.

Topics: Grants Management Software, Grants Management Best Practices

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