We believe in doing more than helping our clients get grants. We believe in helping them fulfill their missions.
Our team has worked with hundreds of organizations across the country. Approximately 80% of our clients have been our clients for multiple years.
Client Spotlight: Akron Art Museum
Maintaining your grants program during staffing transitions A solid grants program is built on consistent attention to opportunities and relationships. So what happens when the staff person responsible for managing your grants program leaves? Would you know when proposals and reports were due? What was the last stewardship step with a funder? Whether replacing an…
Client Spotlight: Merrick House
Merrick House achieves funding wins within one year of new grants strategy For a grant seeking effort to gain momentum an organization must do more than grant writing: it must pursue a targeted grants strategy. Michelle Curry recognized this when she assumed leadership at Merrick House, a Cleveland-based organization with a 90-year history of service…
Client Spotlight: Stella Maris
Together, Grants Plus and Stella Maris submitted 18 funding requests, totaling $620,000. More than $580,000 was awarded—a success rate of 94%. This funding has helped Stella Maris build toward its upcoming capital expansion and better serve individuals affected by the opioid crisis. The Cleveland-based addiction recovery agency Stella Maris had received small grants from a…
Client Spotlight: The Children’s Museum of Cleveland
When the staff and board of the Children’s Museum of Cleveland (CMC) sought to open a new history exhibit, Centuries of Childhood: An American Story, they recognized it was an opportunity to seek major federal grant dollars. Yet while CMC had a strong history of receiving grants from private foundations, the museum had never before secured a federal grant.
Client Spotlight: Recovery Resources
Recovery Resources is a leading provider of mental health and addiction services in Northeast Ohio. Since 2007, the organization has called on Grants Plus to supplement their in-house development staff with expert grant writing and prospect research assistance. Most recently, the group engaged Grants Plus to manage production of a complex and time-sensitive federal grant opportunity.
Client Spotlight: EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute
How would your organization use $100 million? That question could be daunting to some nonprofit leaders, but not to Brandon E. Chrostowski, Founder of EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute. He’s been turning big dreams into reality since opening EDWINS in 2013 — a fine dining restaurant in Cleveland that is a culinary training ground for people leaving jail and prison.
Client Spotlight: Beech Acres Parenting Center
Grants Plus was proud to partner with Beech Acres Parenting Center through an exhilarating multi-stage grant application process that resulted in a major new grant. The center has served Greater Cincinnati children and families for more than 160 years with a mission to inspire and equip today’s parents, families and communities to raise capable, caring, contributing children.
Client Spotlight: Montessori Development Partnerships
Debbie Hershey Guren, President of Montessori Development Partnerships (MDP), hired Grants Plus to identify potential grant funders and provide strategic guidance for a $6.23 million capital campaign to establish Cleveland’s first Montessori charter school. To find potential funders for the campaign, Grants Plus conducted a signature Funding Scan to investigate and recommend prospective corporate and foundation prospects.
While we are adept at assisting a diverse range of grant seekers, our deepest experience is with these organization types:
Education + Learning
We have the expertise and savvy to help educational institutions identify their most “grant fundable” programs and initiatives, and match their funding needs to the most appropriate public and private funding opportunities. Example clients include:
I have used Grants Plus several times and frequently recommend their services to colleagues. Their grant funder research led directly to more focused development efforts and has been essential to our successful grant seeking programs for several years.
Tom Gill, President
URBAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Museums + Culture
Based on years of experience, we understand the trends and challenges that confront cultural institutions competing for grant dollars. Whether seeking funds for technology, preservation, staff training, or capital needs, we confidently assist museums and cultural organizations to meet their grants goals. Example clients include:
The Akron Art Museum maintained a high level of granting activity and success during a time of transition because of Grants Plus.
Bryan de Boer, Director of Advancement
AKRON ART MUSEUM
We are deeply familiar with the pressures that organizations face to maximize their time and energy for the people and communities they serve. We are masters at making the grant seeking process more manageable so that human and community service organizations can secure the funds they urgently need.
Example clients include:
Grants Plus exceeded our expectations. They not only identified new areas for potential funding, but also reaffirmed our strengths and suggested additional considerations for future growth.
Andy Junn, Divisional Director of Development and Community Relations
THE SALVATION ARMY OF NORTHEAST OHIO
We successfully partner with a diverse range of organizations, including colleges and universities, units of government, economic development agencies, advocacy groups, and others. Example clients include:
Engaging Grants Plus was a smart investment. It allowed us to develop a model that will deepen our impact.
Joan Englund, Executive Director
MENTAL HEALTH & ADDICTION ADVOCACY COALITION
Grants Plus tells our story from beginning to end, and touches the heartstrings of funders. We couldn't do this without them.
Larry Benders, President & CEO
CLEVELAND SIGHT CENTER