Case Study 

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Business Case

In 2011, Virginia’s approach to identifying and applying for federal grant funds was decentralized in part leading to the Commonwealth ranking 49th out of 50 states in receipt of federal grant funds.  Agency and program staff often had difficulty identifying grant opportunities and coordinating with other appropriate resources.  Identifying available grants was usually restricted to reviewing the federal register, review professional organization literature and contacts within the federal government. The Governor’s biggest initiative is to “create a New Virginia Economy, and this can only be done by ensuring that we are diversifying federal funds coming into Virginia through a centralized process.” Consolidating grant information into one location serves the primary goal of ensuring the agencies and public have easy access to information to make informed decisions regarding applying for available grants. 
Additional goals include the following:

  • Provide alerts about possible grant opportunities.
  • Provide information to key agency contacts applying for grants. 
  • Allow The Office of the Governor and the Department of Planning and Budget to analyze and report on grants activity.

The Solution

Originally built for the Department of Planning and Budget in 2012 but never released, the Grant Tracking application was resurrected in 2015 by the Office of the Governor to provide needed functionality for the Governor’s new Virginia Grants Website. The Virginia Grants Website serves as a hub for taxpayers to search for grant opportunities, and have a better idea of how federal tax dollars are being spent, and which grants present opportunities for state and local governments as well as private businesses and organizations. The additional functionality of the Grant Tracking application means agency personnel in charge of applying and tracking for federal grants can now search for potential grants and report their progress and activity in a signal convenient location.

The ​Results

“The new Virginia Grants website will help my administration serve taxpayers better by increasing transparency and accountability and offering residents a single hub for grant funding opportunities that may help them grow their businesses, improve their communities or make life better for their families,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Using technology to improve government customer service and seize more opportunities to fund important priorities is a great step forward in our efforts to build a new Virginia economy.”  

In a communication to state agencies, Governor McAuliffe urged state agencies to utilize this website when applying for grants in order to foster collaboration amongst agencies. He also directed agencies to publish grants they offer on the Virginia Grants site so that Virginians can browse and apply for state grants more easily.