Spotlight helps fight against grant fraud and error
As well as simplifying initial due diligence checks, Spotlight can send real-time alerts when the status of a company or charity changes, which might impact their eligibility for funding. It also enables teams to go back and establish if any grants have been awarded in error. Spotlight has already helped to identify around 3% payment irregularity.
Thanks to the data captured in Spotlight, the Government Grants Management Function now has much better visibility of the volume and value of applications being processed. With the help of Einstein Analytics, it can share this data as well as common risk indicators via dynamic dashboards. “We use Einstein Analytics to visualise large volumes of data more easily and effectively, which enables us to discover new insights into funding requests and decisions,” said Slack.
The Government Grants Management Function uses Salesforce Shield in tandem with Einstein Analytics to help track user activity and file downloads, which in turn helps to safeguard the integrity of the Spotlight data. It also uses the Salesforce Platform to provide some team members with more granular visibility of specific grant applications.
Adding new features to unlock added value
Obtaining greater value from data is a big priority for the Government Grants Management Function. The team also captures details on the different grants awarded by different departments via the Government Grants Information System (GGIS). Built on Experience Cloud, the system is key to the creation of Government-wide reports, but the Government Grants Management Function wants to go one step further, as Gordon explained: “We don’t want our systems to just act as giant data repositories; we want them to optimise the entire grant lifecycle.”
The Government Grants Management Function already has plans to expand Spotlight to enable due diligence checks on sole traders, facilitate impact assessments, and simplify the grant application process for companies and charities. “The voluntary sector spends around £1 billion a year on applying for grants with the average application taking around 19 hours,” explained Slack. “With Spotlight, nonprofits will be able to check their eligibility for different grants in advance, which will help save them both time and money.”
Grants encourage greater innovation and growth
Spotlight has already helped to unlock massive efficiency gains at a time when grants were key to the survival of countless companies and charities across the UK. “Spotlight is a great digital success story; we delivered on time, on scope and on budget,” said Gordon. “Government grants help to encourage innovation, promote growth, and tackle social issues. With Spotlight, we can help the Government maximise value for money by ensuring grants are assessed as efficiently, transparently, and safely as possible.”