Grants Management Process: To Centralize or Not to Centralize (i.e. Decentralize)?
When it comes to Grants Management, governments often need to identify whether a centralized or a decentralized approach is better. In the blog post below, we’ll explain the differences between a centralized and decentralized grants management process, and cover which one is preferable for a more efficient grants management.
Is your government’s process of grants management crystal-clear to you? Can you easily access recent amounts for grants (amount awarded, amount expended, amount billed, amount collected, amount of indirect costs allocated, unspent balance, grant period, etc.), and get a clear overview of what was spent and why?
Unfortunately, if you answered ‘no’ to any of these questions, you’re not alone. In most governments, grants are managed decentrally — meaning various parts are managed by various people, in various departments, updated at various times and places. There is no one central location or person keeping track of grants.
And that’s where problems often arise. Following, is a list of common problems that can occur when grants are managed by various departments and roles.
Common Problems Associated With a Decentralized Grants Management Process:
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