Smart, innovative and automated applications 


Grant Approval from Ascendant Solutions

Apply4.Online® saves Local Authorities administrative time, helps to prevent fraudulent applications, can be adapted for any Local Authority and can send payments to approved applications at the click of a button. 

Apply4.Online® ensures assurance and fraud checks are completed automatically as part of the process while allowing the Local Authority complete control over the schemes available to the public. 
With the announcement of government grants to aid businesses in early 2020 we developed and built Apply4.Online® from the ground up within a month and were accepting claims within weeks of the grants launching. 
GrantApproval software saves Local Authorities much needed administrative time


Apply4.Online® applications come in a range of categories with pre-built "national schemes" for grants such as Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Support which enable Local Authorities to get up and running within minutes. The system also allows councils to copy schemes from other councils to assist with county wide schemes and inspiration from other's work. 

Ascendant Portal 

Ascendant Portal powers the back office processing and decision making solution, allowing councils to manage grants data in a fully featured case management and reporting system. All settings are available through this back office system and access restrictions can be deployed with rules to limit who can access information and change settings. 
Excellent Fraud Detection 
We have built a section in our Ascendant Portal to process claims made within Apply4.Online®. We developed a RAG system which analyses each claim to cross reference its data with previous claims to highlight any fraudulent activity. This gives Local Authorities the ability to prevent fraudulent claims. 
Fraud Detection with Grant Approval
Completely customizable 
We have developed the Apply4.Online® software to allow Local Authorities to fully customise their settings. This allows them to set up multiple application schemes, all with the relevant information that they require and to be able to quickly approve or decline an application. Having the ability to create new applications forms within the portal allows Local Authorities to set up new application forms quickly and can enable or disable any application form with the click of a button. 
Our Apply4.Online® software is accessible to users via our Ascendant Online Portal. We provide Local Authorities with a link for applications which can be added to their website or communications, Local Authorities are then able to access the applications through their portal login. 
Features included within Apply4.Online® 
In the Apply4.Online® application process users can create accounts using valid email addresses to provide a guaranteed line of contact. 
Local Authorities can then tailor the application questions to include sessions such as: 
Accepting declarations 
Answering mandatory questions 
Entering comments for options questions 
Uploading documents 
Entering bank details 
Once applications have been approved or denied they will receive an automatic email detailing the outcome. 

Direct payments scheme Automatic ID & bank validation 

Council tax rebate scheme Automatic ID validation 

- Automated Red Amber Green flagging 
- Document collection at no additional cost! 
- Fully featured grants case management system! 
- All reporting included! 
- 100% UK hosted, fully GDPR compliant, ISO27001, Cyber Essentials, independent 
- CHECK and CREST pen tested 
- Leverage the pubic cloud solution 
- Over £1m invested in system development 
- Real-time national data sharing with all Apply4.Online® councils 
- Direct Debit name compared with liable party name 

Key Features of Apply4.Online®  

Restrict who can apply for schemes 

This feature allows you to personally decide who is allowed to apply for schemes. 

Stop duplicated applications 

Through the Ascendant Portal you will be able to disable the ability for applicants to submit multiple copies of a single application. 

Allow customers to upload documentary evidence  

When it comes to providing evidence for a scheme application, you are able to upload documents from your computer attach it to the application. 

Gather signed declarations from applicants 

Declarations are provided and can be edited. The applicant can sign by ticking a box and entering the unique number set generated on the page. 

Stop ineligible companies applying using companies house in real-time 

By using Companies House, you are able to restrict companies who aren't eligible from applying. 

Real-time credit rating check of businesses  

Our system supplies you with the luxury of getting an immediate credit rating check when businesses apply. This prevents the unneccesary process of having to wait for an email and then reapplying. 

Automatically compares data with other Local Authorities 

Using counter fraud identification and prevention methods the system will automatically asses the information your authority receives against the applications which have been received by all other authorities on the system, the anonymous and autonomous process "red flags" the cases of concern and automatically grants both authorities the ability to view each other's data. 

Real-time identity checks 

No need to sit around and wait for a confirmation email. We provide instant feedback on identity checks as part of the application process. 

Validates bank details for payment 

Bank details are checked when a payment is involved in a scheme application. This avoids invalid information entering the system.  
Benefits of Apply4.Online® 
Online application system for users. 
Fully customisable question fields and ability to create new applications. 
Links to Ascendant Portal for ease of reviewing applications. 
RAG ratings. 
Ability to link to finance exports, make payments in a click of a button. 
Instantly enable to disable applications. 
Automatic data checks help prevent fraudulent claims. 
Minimal administration required, in order to reduce Local Authority time spent approving applications. 
Automated emails to applicants on approval or denial or application 
These are just some of the advantages of using our Apply4.Online® software for Local Authority Applications. 
Contact us today to book a free demonstration and see how our Apply4.Online® software can save your Local Authority time. 
We provide full training for all of our Local Authority data and software solutions, at a date and time to suit you, our dedicated support team are on hand to assist you with all support requests. 

Ascendant Solutions – We don’t just provide data. 

Call us today on 01302 543157 
to book your demonstration or complete our short contact form. 
We DO NOT make any decisions on Apply4.Online®, 
Please DO NOT contact us about Apply4.Online® claims. 
If you have used Apply4.Online® to submit a claim to the council, you need to talk to your Local Authority. 
Testimonial for GrantApproval
“With the pressure to deliver grant aid to businesses, at pace, many authorities collected the data required on a web form and then manually processed the applications. By using Apply4.Online® an automated system by Ascendant Solutions, we significantly reduced the staff resource required, prevented fraudulent applications and got the payments to most businesses within four working days of an application, supporting our local economy.” 
Tim Whelan 
Director of Service Delivery  
Lewes District and Eastbourne Borough Councils 
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