Financial

When the Financial feature is turned ‘on’, applicants can create and submit invoices as soon as their applications are marked officially approved and ‘notified’ of the decision.

How It Works

Applicants with approved and ‘notified‘ applications can generate invoices within that application in their ZoomGrants account. They fill out the applicant sections, including answering any questions that you posed on the invoice template and satisfying any document requests that you added. After it’s submitted, an administrator fills out the admin fields, including changing the status of the invoice, adding payments, etc.

You can look and manage at the Financial feature on two levels – in each individual application and program-wide.

Application-Level Financial Tab

Click into the Financial tab within an application to see and manage the invoices, payments, and deposits for that application only.

Program-Level Financial Tab

Click the Financial tab in the upper row of tabs within a program to view the Financial Report, which shows an overview of all the invoices, payments, and deposits for an entire program.

How To Set It Up

  1. In Program Setup click into the Settings tab.
  2. Turn the Financial module ‘on’.
    As soon as the feature is ‘on’, the application-level Financial tab (or whatever you called it) will be visible to reviewers and administrators for all approved applications within that program. For applicants, the tab will appear if that application has been approved and marked ‘notified’.
  3. Click into the Financial tab.
  4. Give the tab a label that your reviewers, fellow administrators, and applicants will recognize and understand. Choose labels for the invoices and payments, too.
  5. Choose your settings.
    • Hide Payment – Check the box if you’d prefer not to use the payments part of the financial feature. Uncheck the box to track payments in this program.
    • Financial Contact Person –  Select an admin to be the contact person for invoice-related questions and to receive notices when new invoices are submitted.
    • Hide Funding Sources¹ – Check the box if you’d prefer not to use the Funding Sources feature for this program. Uncheck the box if you want to use this feature.
      • ¹ This setting and feature will only be available if the Funding Sources feature is turned on in your organization’s account. Learn more about the Funding Sources feature here.
    • Limit Financial Control – Check the box to limit financial management control to senior admins and the Financial Contact Person. Other admins will not be able to update or manage invoices and payments.
  6. Add Invoice Certification Text if you want your applicants to e-sign a certification before submitting their invoices. In each invoice, they’ll be presented with the text that you put into that field. They must enter their name in the certification signature field before they can submit the invoice.
  7. Add up to ten questions for your applicants to answer before they can submit their invoices. Questions 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 can even be paragraph-style questions. Click the Edit button to add question text and select the question type. Clear out the text of the question to remove it.
  8. Add Document Requests if you want applicants to upload supporting documentation (receipts, etc.).

Viewing An Invoice

In the Financial tab of an application, click an invoice title to open the invoice in a new window.

Changing The Status Of An Invoice

In the Financial tab of an application, use the status drop-down to the right of the invoice.

In an opened invoice, change the status using the drop-down on the right side. From there, you can also add an Approved Amount, Approval Date, by whom it was Approved, and Invoice Decision Comments.

Adding Payments

In the Financial tab of an application, use the Add Transaction bar at the bottom of the tab.

Within an invoice, click the Add Payment link below the Invoice Decision Comments box. Payments that are added to/in a specific invoice will be tied to that invoice.

Returning an Invoice to an Applicant For Editing

Click the Return to Applicant link in an invoice to send an invoice back to the applicant. The returned invoice will appear in their account as ‘unsubmitted’ and will become unaccessible on the admin side. They will be able to make any necessary changes then re-submit it to you or delete the invoice entirely.

Relevant Resource: Invoices and Payments (5 min)

Want to learn even more?

All ZoomGrants administrators are invited to join our Tuesday Trainings – weekly training webinars that help administrators learn about how to set up and manage their programs. Learn more here.

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