What is a Salary Budget Allocation to Grants?

Salary allocation models for grant budgets are considered planning tools and are often used by budget managers and grant managers to allocate agreed upon employee expenses to applicable grants. Some of the key functionality in this type of input template is that it automatically retrieves the payroll budget by employee and lets the user allocate percentages to grants chosen from a drop down list. The total above each input area shows if 100% of a salary has been allocated or not. The form then calculates and stores the exact amount to each grant by month. You find an example of this type of input template below.

Purpose of Salary Allocation Models

Nonprofit organizations use Salary Allocation Models to easily calculate how much of a budgeted payroll expense should be allocated to each grant. When used as part of good business practices in a Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) department, an organization can improve its grant budgeting, reporting and analysis as well as reduce the chances that budgets are inaccurate due to manual calculations.

Salary Allocation Model Example

Here is an example of a Salary Allocation Budgeting Input Form that allocates salaries to grants.

Salary Budget Allocation to Grants for Nonprofits - Example

Salary Budget Allocation to Grants for Nonprofits – Example

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Who Uses This Type of Input template?

The typical users of this type of input template are: Budget managers, grant- and program managers.

Other Input templates Often Used in Conjunction with Salary Allocation Models

Progressive Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Departments sometimes use several different Salary Allocation Models, along with annual budget models with payroll detail, reports, dashboards and other management and control tools.

Where Does the Data for Analysis Originate From?

The Actual (historical transactions) data typically comes from enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems like: Microsoft Dynamics 365 (D365) Finance, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (D365 BC), Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics SL, Sage Intacct, Sage 100, Sage 300, Sage 500, Sage X3, SAP Business One, SAP ByDesign, Acumatica, Netsuite and others.

In analyses where budgets or forecasts are used, the planning data most often originates from in-house Excel spreadsheet models or from professional corporate performance management (CPM/EPM) solutions.

What Tools are Typically used for Reporting, Planning and Dashboards?

Examples of business software used with the data and ERPs mentioned above are:

  • Native ERP report writers and query tools
  • Spreadsheets (for example Microsoft Excel)
  • Corporate Performance Management (CPM) tools (for example Solver)
  • Dashboards (for example Microsoft Power BI and Tableau)

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