What is GEM$?
Iowa's Grants Enterprise Management System (GEM$) was established by the 2003 Iowa General Assembly to provide a mechanism for:
Securing additional non state funding;
Fostering cooperation and coordination between state agencies;
Discouraging duplication of competitive grant application efforts;
Providing a mechanism for the timely exchange of information among state agencies on proposals potentially affecting them; and
Providing policy makers, legislators and the citizens of Iowa with information on grant funds received and state agency competitive grant applications.
A key component of the GEM$ initiative is the Grants Network which is comprised of at least one representative from each state agency. The Grants Network is actively involved in every aspect of the initiative and serves the GEM$ office in an advisory capacity.
GEM$ Strategic Plan
Mission Statement - To increase the state of Iowa's non-state financial resources by identifying, coordinating and tracking grants and providing support to grant seekers.
Vision - Iowa has the funds it needs to provide quality services.
To increase the number of applications for discretionary grants, including joint or multi-state agency grant applications.
To develop and maintain a state-of-the-art system that facilitates coordination of grant activities.
To make GEM$ a statewide resource for policy-makers, legislators, and the public.
Link to the full text of the GEM$ Strategic Plan
GEM$ Competitive Grant Tracking Process
The GEM$ Competitive Grant Review Process is designed to allow state government coordination and review of all state agency competitive grant applications in order to avoid duplications and conflicts.
Link to a flow chart and a verbal explanation of the process GEM$ Competitive Grant Review Process.
GEM$ Administrative Rules
The Administrative Rules are intended to implement 2003 Iowa Acts, Senate File 438, and are designed to establish a Grants Enterprise Management System.
Link to the full text of the GEM$ Administrative Rules. You will need Adobe Acrobat 5.0 to access this document.