Every part of the grant application process at HDI was done manually. “We went through a lot of printing and creating binders, and everything was sent and received through our email system,” says Mel Sanders, Financial Analyst at HDI.
“Applicants were asked to complete grant requests using fillable PDFs, but there was no way to apply online. We really wanted to go as paperless as possible and use more electronic resources for things like reporting, because our current paper-based system just wasn’t getting the job done. We were manually filling out spreadsheets and pulling information from a variety of resources when we were creating reports, so it wasn’t unusual to have errors in our data.”
“We decided we needed a proper grants management system,” continues Mel. “We figured that, since it took the collective effort of three or four members of our team hours to process paper applications, an all-inclusive system would pay for itself.”