Navigating businesses through grant life cycles
American Funding Innovators, with more than 15 years in the business of grant search databases, is a US leader in helping organizations improve the management of grant funds and tracking results. AFI is also a partner organization with the Grant Professionals Association (GPA).
Crafting a single, centralized platform with all grant related data
Grant Navigator was meant to be designed and developed as a highly flexible solution with a simple design. The responsibility of the software and its configurability should address the highest standards and requirements of the clients, allowing them to adjust it to their needs and this is what sets it apart from the competition. The goal of this grant management system was to address the core causes of the many challenges faced by grant-funded organizations like:
- automation the process of grant management
- reduction of time and effort required for those actions
This intuitive digital dashboard was meant to serve:
- colleges and universities managing thousands of grant projects
- cities and counties helping them gain credibility
- non-profits in building a knowledge base
Process and Project Scope
Client specific methodology for flexibility and simplicity
The client approached us in 2014 with a task to rewrite their existing legacy system which was being used by clients but the architecture behind it required some redesign. The project was agreed to take place in phases which were to address consecutive steps that clients take on the platform. Taking into account new requirements Selleo was to design a new improved architecture for the CMS platform.
Centralization and standardization of policies, procedures and compliance efforts
Grant Navigator is a web-based grant management platform which aims to standardize compliance efforts and guide users through the whole grant life cycle. With its intuitive digital dashboards, recipient organizations have real-time one-click access to detailed information and all activities concerning grants.
It was designed to support the full grant life cycle, with configuration options to map the system to the unique policies, procedures, documentation needs and process flows of each grant recipient. All of the above allow users to follow deadlines and deal with other mission-critical information to eliminate a single point of failure.
AFI is now focused on delivering solutions to their clients exactly the way they want them to supporting small businesses as well as big colleges helping:
- colleges and universities managing thousands of grant projects to reduce time and effort required for those actions
- cities and counties to gain credibility through automated grant management process and data exporting features
- non-profits in building a knowledge base with document libraries and streamlined communication
Selleo’s developers and designers, working halfway around the world, were always professional and surprisingly responsive, and their pairing system was instrumental in ensuring continuity over a project spanning 2 years. I would definitely recommend Selleo, and would not hesitate to work with them again.
The power of Ruby on Rails
We have selected Angular.js as the right framework for the front end of Grant Navigator. The back-end of the application was developed in Ruby on Rails & PosgreSQL with a number of brand-new gems and external libraries. The front-end of this grant management platform is based on Twitter Bootstrap.