GEM$ Initiatives and Current News
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Current GEM$ Initiatives
Common Application Pilot Project - The Iowa Grants Network is partnering with Iowa Interactive, which offers eGovernment solutions, to to develop a web based grant application/review process for state agencies and local governments to use when awarding grants.
- Iowa Interactive will work with 5 state agencies. The pilot agencies are:
- Department of Cultural Affairs
- Department of Education
- Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
- Office of Drug Control Policy
- Department of Human Rights
- There will be no charge for the development or usage of the system
- Use of this electronic grants tool will be voluntary. An agency will also be able to choose which grants to use it for and can switch to paper at any time.
- When complete, the process will include a:
- grant form - customizable to meet the needs of individual agencies;
- mechanism to identify qualifications of applicants as a first step in the application process;
- on-line grant evaluation process;
- on-line scoring system which also allows for re-scoring;
- bulletin board to allow evaluators to share comments;
- process for the electronic distribution of letters to applicants; and a
- process to manage the grantee reporting requirements and evaluate the reports