The Nevada Grant Office will seek an enterprise grant management system that will be used by grant seekers and recipients to manage state and federal grant awards. The system is expected to increase the amount of federal grant funding in Nevada, create administrative efficiency, and enable data collection and analysis.
Historically, Nevada has been among the lowest-ranked states for federal grants received per capita. Nevada state agencies continue to report a lack of grant application capacity and other barriers to accessing or increasing grant dollars for their organizations.
In 2016 and 2018, the Nevada Advisory Council on Federal Assistance recommended to the Governor and Nevada legislators that the state implement a grant management system. As a result, during the 2017 and 2019 legislative sessions, the Nevada legislature appropriated funds to purchase and implement such a system, with a 2019 appropriation of $200,000 each of the two years over the next biennium.
Between 2017 and 2019, the Grant Office went through three separate RFP processes to contract with a vendor for the enterprise grant management system. None of the three RFP processes resulted in an executed contract and, during the third RFP, the Grant Office did not receive even one bid that met state requirements. The bottom line is that vendors just could not provide an enterprise system with full functionality for the allotted budget.
Despite these frustrating setbacks, the Grant Office recognized the need for implementing a system to serve grant seekers and recipients throughout Nevada and, in February 2020, initiated both a technology needs assessment and a request for information solicitation to gather information for the budgeting process and a future RFP. However, due to the unanticipated impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis and its impact to the state budget, these activities have been put on hold.
Once Nevada is again on solid economic and budgetary footing, the Grant Office will pursue adequate funding for an enterprise grant management system, which would be expected to: increase access to federal grant dollars for state, county, and local governments and non-profits; increase efficiency for organizations in applying for and managing grants; and allow the state to collect and analyze grant data.
What Nevada Wants in an Enterprise Grant Management System
Potential grant recipients--like state agencies, county and local governments, and nonprofits--would be able to use the grant management system to search and apply for grants and report on grants. The state would be able to manage subrecipients through a portal and review grant proposals for state-level solicitations.
The system would enable state data collection, analysis, and reporting on successful applications, grant dollars received, missed funding opportunities, as well as data on awards, subrecipients, and grant matching.
- 2016 & 2018 – Nevada Advisory Council on Federal Assistance recommends Nevada implement a grant management system
- 2017 – Legislature appropriates funds for grant management system
- 2017 – Nevada Grant Office issues RFP and awards contract, which is appealed by unsuccessful bidder; appeal process lasts until May 2019, freezing all progress
- 2019 – Legislature appropriates $200,000 each year of the two years of the next biennium for implementation of grant management system
- July 2019 – Following appeal process, Grant Office issues second RFP; the vendor who appealed the 2017 RFP notifies the Grant Office that they will not bid because they cannot provide the system within the budget allotted by the state
- October 2019 – Grant Office cancels RFP to update requirements
- November 2019 – Grant Office issues third RFP with updated requirements; the vendor originally awarded the contract in 2017 notifies the Grant Office that they will not bid on this proposal because they cannot provide the system within the budget allotted by the state
- January 2020 – At end of bid period, Grant Office receives no bids meeting state requirements, pauses pursuit of bids until adequate funding can be obtained
- February 2020 – A request for information (RFI) was issued to inform the state's budget process and any future RFP
- April 2020 – The Grant Office canceled the RFI in April 2020 because of unforeseen budgetary impacts due to the COVID-19 public health crisis