Government grant funding technology as a whole has made strides in modernizing to improve how funding is acquired, but there are still state and local agencies that need to catch up, officials said this week.
David Santiago, who works in public sector strategy for Adobe Document Cloud and is a former Deputy Assistant Administrator for Grants and Policy Integration at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), explained some of the issues encountered. by local agencies when transitioning to technology.
“More generally, paper-based and manual processes are problematic for government agencies, and I really applaud government agencies that try to tackle this problem head-on by engaging in digital transformation,” Santiago said during the talk. a FedInsider virtual event on May 25 titled “Leaving Technology to Streamline Grant Management.”
“It’s so important to get that commitment from management to transform your agency,” he said.
While many state and local government agencies across the United States have encountered transition issues regarding grant funding portals and technology, California has been at the forefront of this transition.
Shivani Bose-Varela, director of the Grants Portal program at the California State Library, spoke at the same event about the effectiveness of California’s portal system during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“During the pandemic and the grant portal’s first year, we helped more than 2,000 grant seekers across the state find the funding they needed in one central location.” said Bose-Varela. “And we continue to thrive with the same momentum to understand their needs and improve them by working with state agencies,” she said.