Press & Recognition


Grants Plus founder interviewed by Blackbaud's Rachel Hutchisson on the SgENGAGE Podcast

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the funding landscape and shifted some of the dynamics between grant makers and grantees. Lauren Steiner, president and founder of Grants Plus, was interviewed by Blackbaud’s Rachel Hutchisson on the SgENGAGE Podcast to discuss how nonprofits should continue engaging with their funders to request grants now and how they can begin to prepare for the future.

Listen to the podcast on SgENGAGE.

Grants Plus honored as a Weatherhead 100 company

Established in 1988, The Weatherhead 100 awards are the premier celebration of Northeast Ohio’s spirit of entrepreneurship and the companies leading the way in Northeast Ohio. Each year, the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University recognizes an elite group of companies who are the best example of leadership, growth and success in our region. After winning in the Upstart category for six consecutive years, Grants Plus is proud to graduate to the next level by winning a Weatherhead 100 award.

Grants Plus founder is a "Notable Woman in Entrepreneurship"

GP’s President + Founder Lauren Steiner was featured as a 2019 Notable Woman in Entrepreneurship by Crain's Cleveland Business. Along with twenty other exceptional women leaders, Lauren was recognized for bringing skill and talent, combined with boundless energy and determination, to lead a growing business. Lauren founded Grants Plus in 2007 to help nonprofits and to create meaningful, balanced career opportunities within the sector.

Read the full article at Crain's Cleveland Business

Grants Plus featured in Inc. Magazine

Profiled among companies taking positive and proactive approaches to healthy workplaces. "Offering unpaid leave for mental health crises can help, says Lauren Steiner, president of Cleveland-based consultancy Grants Plus, which was awarded a Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award from the American Psychological Association in 2016."

Read the full article at Inc. Magazine

Grants Plus featured in Crain's Cleveland Business

Crain’s Cleveland Business featured Grants Plus and interviewed President Lauren Steiner for the firm's track record helping nonprofit organizations across the country secure hard-to-raise grant dollars. “We are setting the standard for the sector when it comes to higher quality grant writing.”

Cleveland’s WKYC Channel 3 spotlights Grants Plus for international award

Grants Plus was featured by Cleveland’s WKYC Channel 3 on the station’s website at and also on the daytime news program Live on Lakeside (March 3, 2016) for winning an international 2016 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award from the American Psychological Association.

Click here to watch President Lauren Steiner and Managing Director Dana Textoris on Live on Lakeside.

Grants Plus interviewed on WCPN 90.3 The Sound of Ideas

President Lauren Steiner and Director Dana Textoris were interviewed on WCPN 90.3 The Sound of Ideas (March 2, 2016) to discuss how creating a psychologically healthy workplace produces happier, healthier employees — and translates into higher-quality services for Grants Plus’s nonprofit clients.


Watch the televised segment at the 43:30 minute mark: Click for Ohio Channel TV segment

Listen to the radio recording at the 42:00 minute mark: Click for ideastream radio segment

Grants Plus Featured for NEO Success Award in Inside Business Magazine

Grants Plus was featured in the March/April 2014 edition of Inside Business Magazine when the firm received a 2014 NEO Success Award. President Lauren Steiner said of the honor: “All my clients are changing the world in some way. This is how we’re going to change the world.”


2017 Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Cleveland Chapter – National Philanthropy Day

Lauren Steiner, Grants Plus
Outstanding Fundraising Professional

2021 & 2016 Smart Women: Progressive Organization Award

Weatherhead 100 Upstart Award in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

Weatherhead 100 Award 2019

2016 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award from the American Psychological Association

2014 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award from the Ohio Psychological Association

2014 Inside Business Northeast Ohio Success Award



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