Over the past few months the Grants Committee has been working to improve our grants process. Our main problem is that we have a very low completion rate for grants. In the past couple of years only 25% of the grants awarded by the Grants Committee have been completed. Not surprisingly we feel that the current system should be changed.
There are a number of different problems. We have been paying out 50% of the awards up-front leading to situations where we may have made payments with no results. Also, the fact that we allow grants to remain open while they lie dormant ties up money that could be better used in areas that are actually being worked on.
To tackle this problem the Grants Committee is working to close all historic grants. As well as that we want to tighten up the reporting rules to make it clear to grantees that not providing reports or not communicating with grant managers will mean a termination of the
grant. We are also considering changing our payment time-frames to pay out on completion of grants, with the possibility of interim payments if the grant manager and committee feel that this is appropriate.
These are major changes to our current process and we would appreciate community feedback on these changes and suggestions for ways in which we could improve the current process. Please post comments to this post, or if you would prefer send your suggestions to ambs [at] perlfoundation.org