The most welcome surprise we have experienced from implementing Grant Lifecycle Manager (GLM) is the flexibility the system has to accommodate our changing needs. GLM is much more user friendly than we expected. It is very easy to add or change application questions, system features, and other elements. Therefore, we are finding that the system is being used for more than we originally expected.
The overarching challenge that made our previous grant process difficult to manage revolved around getting all the applicant organization information in one place.
Two activities we wanted to simplify were:
1) Foundation staff had to cut and paste information from the online application into the grant management software, creating duplicated efforts for both foundation and applicant organization staff. 2) Accessing past grant reports, creating applications, sending out emails, and uploading media. '
Foundant allowed our team to work more efficiently because any administrator can access all grantmaking documents for each competitive program easily, even from home.
GLM accommodates the various needs of Board and Grants Committee members. Those individuals who want to view and score applications on paper can still get all of the information in hardcopy format, and the needs of those who like to review materials from their laptop, iPhone, etc. can be accommodated as well.