BlackCat Grant Management System®
At Panther International, our experience developing custom,
data-driven web applications, working with granting agencies, and
handling database integration, all within the
transportation industry, led us to develop the
BlackCat Grant Management System®.
The BlackCat Grant Management
System® is a web-based, hosted solution that
was designed around a customizable off-the-shelf (COTS) core. Each
implementation is tailored to fit the specific needs of individual
D.O.T.s and agencies. Having been designed by experts in the
field of transportation, BlackCat Grants offers
industry-specific features such as:
- Support of state and federal transportation
- Automated compliance with statutory funding
- A gaming module that compares multiple allocation
- The ability to be formatted for integration with federal
systems such as TEAM & SOAR
- Production reporting that tracks the timing and status of
The BlackCat Grant Management
System® enables program managers to increase
effectiveness and decrease administrative burdens. The system
provides one central location for all stakeholders to store,
access, and monitor grant-related information and documents.
A variety of program components allow for quick configuration
and implementation of a tailored system that manages all stages of
the grant lifecycle. Below is an explanation of some of the
most popular features.
Gaming and Planning: Users are able to
develop and compare potential funding scenarios based on customized
metrics. Relevant activities can be captured and used to rate and
prioritize projects for consideration of funding. Various data
transmittal processes can be customized and added to export
scenarios as needed.
Agency Management: User administrators
are able to add recipient agencies and organizations to the system
and manage individual user access and rights. This ensures all
necessary bodies can access the system but only see the data
pertinent to their specific needs.
Fund Source Builder: Administrators
can build each state or local fund source needed by an agency or
sub-recipient level user. Features include customized applications;
multiple application review, scoring, and approval options;
agency/organizational eligibility determination; cost category/code
eligibility; full fund source profile; circular or document upload;
and related links.
Maintenance of Federal Grant Programs:
Panther International sets up and maintains federal grant programs
to reduce the burden on state staff. Features include application
entry and review, regional and state level Program of Projects
(POP) development, progress and financial reporting, award
tracking, invoice monitoring, and the ability to integrate with the
FTA's TEAM system and the FAA's SOAR.
Allocation Tracking and Financial
Production: The system manages allocations or project
funding at the project level. Line items can be made to log
federal, state, local and other intangible funding. Monitoring is
maintained through a variety of reporting methods.
Invoicing and Drawdown: Project
managers are able to collect and track invoices as well as monitor
project balances. Nightly financial data downloads and
reconciliation tools can be integrated to capture and validate
encumbrance, expenditure, and adjustment transactions.
Milestone and Progress Reporting:
Project milestones can be created and tracked through periodic
progress reports that can incorporate both federal and state
Grant Agreement Builder: This
application allows users to automatically create grant agreements
from within the application by utilizing stored and/or entered
data. Attachments can be added to complete the agreement packet and
then the agreement can be printed, emailed and stored for future
Custom Audit and Closeout: A series of
system notifications, reconciliation flags, project checklists, and
final reports can be created and modified as needed.
Review the case studies below to learn how the BlackCat
Grant Management System® has improved the
granting process and increased efficiencies for agencies like
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