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Contact:
Eric Sloss
412-268-5765

For immediate release:
May 3, 2005

Carnegie Mellon's Center for Arts Management and Technology Announces eGRANTsm System

PITTSBURGH—An electronic grant system developed by the Center for Arts Management and Technology (CAMT) at Carnegie Mellon University is helping grant-makers disburse funds more effectively and efficiently.

eGRANTsm, originally developed in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in the early 1990s, is a custom tool for funding agencies who wish to offer Web-based grant applications to their constituents. Currently, more than 20 foundations and arts agencies use eGRANTsm, including National Endowment for the Arts, South Carolina Arts Commission and Mid-American Arts Alliance.

Brian Hall, information manager from the St. Louis Regional Arts Council, said, "The eGRANT has significantly improved our grant process. It's easier easier for applicants to fill out a grant, review panelists to read and staff to manage. The ability to import the data into our database saves lots of time and helps us track information from year to year."

Because eGRANTsm is both customizable and inexpensive, organizations from all over the U.S., of varying operational structures and budget sizes, are using it to streamline the process of providing money to organizations and individuals in need. Thanks to eGRANTsm, applicants can focus on content rather than process because the system automatically enforces funding agency guidelines. Also, narrative sections are limited to a predetermined length and automatic arithmatic in budget sections ensures that an applicant's numbers are correct.

"Over 97 percent of the applicants for our major annual grant deadline in 2005 used eGRANTsm," said Ardath Goldstein Weaver, director of research, grants and data management for North Carolina Arts Council's Department of Cultural Resources. "This made it possible for us to collect data, set up files and acknowledge more than 450 grant applications very efficiently."

The system is beneficial to grant-makers and applicants in other ways as well because users can work on their Web-based grant application from any location and save it for later completion. Data from previous years is always available and doesn't have to be re-entered, and multiple users can work on one grant application simultaneously.

"Electronic grant applications are essential," said Jerry Coltin, executive director of CAMT. "They standardize the input and delivery system, eliminate mailing and printing costs, alleviate math errors and allow for online grant tracking and panel review processes. This saves organizations time and money."

eGRANTsm is customizable to meet individual client needs and all systems are hosted on CAMT servers, which are maintained and supported around the clock in accordance with Carnegie Mellon's state-of-the-art standards.

Since its inception in 1996 as an applied research center in the Institute for the Management of Creative Enterprises at Carnegie Mellon, the Center for Arts Management and Technology (CAMT) has quickly established itself as a vital resource for arts entities. CAMT investigates existing and emerging information and communication technology and uses its findings to develop practical applications for arts organizations nationwide.

For more information about CAMT, visit www.artsnet.org/camt. Interested organizations can schedule an online demonstration of eGRANTsm by contacting Cary Morrow at 412-268-3695 or cmorrow@cmu.edu.

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