At Grants Plus, we understand how to guide nonprofit executive directors and development directors to be successful at building relationships with funders and growing grant revenues for their organizations. Whether or not you choose to become a client, we are here to lend our expertise! Read on to access our downloadable guides, useful articles, and featured webinars.

Let us be your full-service grants team. When we partner together over time, we will steadily search for funding opportunities, support you to gain relationship traction with funders, and write and submit a pipeline of grant proposals and reports. After one year of partnering with Grants Plus, our Partner Plan clients experience an average return of 500% their investment in our services. 

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Working with Grants Plus has changed the trajectory of our organization dramatically.

Stephen Machuga, Chief Executive Officer






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Emergency Grant Seeking

2020 taught us to expect the unexpected and never stop striving to seek grants and grow our relationships with funders. We have assembled a rich trove of emergency grant seeking advice and resources to help you keep your organization's grants effort strong and stable through any crisis.

Engage with us: Discover our webinars

Join the conversation! Register for an upcoming webinar about trends, challenges, and opportunities in grant seeking. Check out our featured webinar, Growing a Post Pandemic Pipeline, or click "Go to Archive" to replay any of our past sessions.

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Federal Economic Recovery Funds

Federal economic recovery packages like the American Rescue Plan can create a wealth of new grant seeking opportunities for nonprofits. What do they mean for your nonprofit? Are there new opportunities to receive funding to support your organization's work? We've compiled the most important takeaways for nonprofits.


Articles & Guides

We've condensed the most important trends and techniques for grant seeking into our free articles and downloadable guides.

Whether you are the executive director steering the course of your organization, the development director deciding how to resource the grants program, or the grant writer preparing a proposal, you'll find what you need to feel smarter and be more successful.

Executive Decisions: Staffing the Grants Program

Grants Plus Guide: Bridge the Gap: Protect the Grants Program During a Staffing Transition

25 Top Fundraising Consultants: Standout Firms for Any Need

Hiring a Grants Consultant: FAQ & Qualities to Look For

Funder Relationship Building

Grants Plus Guide: Making a Connection with the First Call

Grants Plus Guide: Boosting Donor & Funder Relationships

Restoring Trust with Grant Funders

Grant Seeking Strategy + Revenue Expansion

Hiring a Grants Consultant: FAQ & Qualities to Look For

25 Top Fundraising Consultants: Standout Firms for Any Need

Nonprofit Grant Writing: How to Secure Grants for Your Cause

Donor Advised Funds

What’s a Donor-Advised Fund? Understanding the Essentials

Donor Advised Funds and Other New Routes to Funding

Grants from Donor Advised Funds Since the COVID-19 Crisis: What Nonprofits Should Know

Position Your Organization for Federal Grants

Expert Tips for Winning Your Next Federal Grant

Should Your Nonprofit Go for a Government Grant?

Finding Funding Opportunities

Hiring a Grants Consultant: FAQ & Qualities to Look For

25 Top Fundraising Consultants: Standout Firms for Any Need

Grants Plus Guide: Finding grant opportunities you can win

Getting Started: Guidance for First-Time Grant Seekers

Four Truths About Grants that Board (and Staff!) Members Should Know

Five Reasons to Wait on Hiring a Grant Writer

Grants Plus Impact & Influence

Grants Plus is proud of our collaborations with other industry leaders, the honors we've received, and features about our firm in the media. Browse our news, awards, and announcements.

Notable News

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.

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.

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.

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.

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