OpenGrants Portal for Grant Writers2020-10-03T08:20:53+00:00

Grant Discovery, Modernized

Introducing PORTAL—intuitively search the most complete database of federal, state and non-profit grant funding in the United States.

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Pricing

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$35monthly
  • Instantly Search All U.S. Grant Funding
  • Access Our Curated Grant Writers & Consultants
  • Get Email Updates On New Grant Matches For You

Custom Grant Intelligence Platform

Ideal for management consultancies, startup accelerators, VC’s, and innovation ecosystems.

  • Visually own 100% of the platform

  • Customize dashboard and platform actions for your needs

  • Publish to a custom subdomain for your brand

  • On-demand access to our public funding consultants and grant writers

  • Custom branded “new funding” email alerts for your clients

  • Exclusive access to OpenGrants Partner Financing to de-risk client projects by up to 80%

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We just received a CalSeed grant to build a platform for financing electric vehicles. Working with OpenGrants was definitely the way to go. Their expertise and support was invaluable to winning these funds, and our company is moving forward as a result.

Kevin Favro, Co-Founder, EV Life

We’re grateful that someone took a hard look at the unnecessary complexities of the grants market and decided to fix it. We value OpenGrants’ ability to provide us timely information on grants we otherwise wouldn’t have time to look for. This helps us provide relevant info to our startups, partnerships and Chicostart. We’re excited to pursue a partnership that will benefit our ecosystem in the future.

Eva Shepherd-Nicoll, Executive Director, Chicostart

FAQs

How does the OpenGrants process work?2020-09-20T17:50:02+00:00

For startup founders:

Fill out a 5 minute application, then we’ll match you with grants that are a good fit. We’ll also set you up with free DIY resources. The whole process is fast, simple and free.

If you want to work with a professional grant writer, you can pay a refundable $99 deposit to schedule a meeting and scope your project. Or, purchase hourly consulting from a grant expert with no long-term commitment. We constantly evaluate our grant writers and curate the top 3% nationally.

For grant writers and industry experts:

We built (and maintain) the most comprehensive database of grants in the United States, as well as powerful search tools that let you quickly find the funding you’re looking for. We can also auto-recommend matches for you based on your profile.

If you’re a consulting firm or startup ecosystem, you can whitelabel our dashboard and email alerts for your clients or portfolio.

After finding the funding you’re looking for, you can choose to connect with one of our grant writers if you wish. Our grant writers are constantly curated and evaluated. We only work with the top 3% of grant writers in the country.

How do I know if I am eligible for grant funding?2020-09-20T17:53:09+00:00

There are loads of great resources out there to help you assess eligibility for the breadth of available grant programs. The fastest way is to sign up here. We will evaluate your situation and match you to eligible grants in five minutes.

The next best place is grants.gov. You can filter and search for federal grants and get a general idea of your eligibility. Once you find something that you think is a fit, you will want to download the RFP document, which is usually a PDF.

Inside, search for the eligibility section and read it carefully. NOTE: RFPs are updated and changed from time to time, so double-check with the listed program contact to ensure you are eligible before investing time and resources in an application.

Are grants the same as government contracts?2020-09-20T17:54:03+00:00

While a grant does result in a contract with the government, when people in the public sector talk about government contracting, they are not speaking about grants.

Governments all over the world contract out everything from laundry to national defense. Contracting can be a great way to land big customers with deep pockets. For all of your contracting needs, check out our friends at The Knowledge Stack!

Are grants the same as tax credits?2020-09-20T17:55:20+00:00

No, they are not. Grants are a financial award typically given by the government or a charitable foundation. Tax credits are a deduction from Tax owning. OpenGrants is all about grants. To claim tax credits head over to our friends at MainStreet.

How do you select grant writers?2020-09-20T17:50:24+00:00

Our grant writers are vetted with a thorough review of their past work and an interview. We occasionally evaluate grant writers with a written test as well. We constantly evaluate and curate for the top 3% of grant writing professionals in the United States.

Do you work on a success fee?2020-09-20T17:51:05+00:00

No. That is generally seen as unethical, and you should be wary of grant writers who offer that.

How do you make money?2020-09-20T17:52:13+00:00

We make money when you hire grant writers through our platform, by financing grant writing projects, through subscriptions to Portal, our grant search engine for professionals, and through long-term service contracts with strategic partners.

Can I write a grant myself?2020-09-17T03:15:48+00:00

Yes, you can! Many companies working with us simply hire consultants to help them strategize and navigate some of the specific nuances involved in working with a government agency.

Do I need to worry about my intellectual property?2020-09-17T03:09:22+00:00

Yes. You should always be concerned about your IP. However, many grant programs have mechanisms in place to protect you. Have your attorney review anything you sign with the government.

What are federal grants?2020-09-20T17:56:50+00:00

A grant is a method for the government to fund ideas and projects that provide public services, fuel innovation, and stimulate the economy. Grants support critical recovery initiatives, innovative research, and many other programs listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).

The grant process follows a linear life cycle that includes creating the funding opportunity, collecting applications, making award decisions, and implementing the award.

Grants are non-dilutive and do not need to be paid back.

How much funding can I receive?2020-09-20T17:57:18+00:00

There are billions of dollars in grant funding available from both public and private sources. Startups can typically expect to be able to compete for funds required to de-risk and develop early-stage, innovative technologies. Startups that are not science-based can often find funding for solutions that provide a public good or solve social issues. Awards can be as little as $500 and as much as $100M. Our average award size is $1.75M for science-based, innovation funding.

What are my chances of winning a grant?2020-09-20T17:58:47+00:00

This really depends on the program you’re going after. Well-known programs with many applicants are generally harder to win. There are a variety of strategies you can use to improve your chances of success. Hiring a professional grant writer is a good first step. Generally, grants written by professional writers are 3 times more likely to win.

How long will it take to receive grant funding?2020-09-20T17:59:09+00:00

Generally speaking, it can take anywhere from 6 months to one year to receive federal funding. There are exceptions to that, but a good rule of thumb is to plan on one year for federal funding, which means you must strategize well in advance. Local and foundation grants may arrive significantly faster.

How much do your grant writing services cost?2020-09-20T18:01:18+00:00

We charge a refundable $99 dollar deposit upfront, which ensures you will meet with a top tier grant writer and receive a proposal for grant writing services. Because each project is unique, it’s difficult to accurately estimate costs.

Our a la carte hourly consulting fees are set at $120 per hour. Hourly grant writing fees for a project may be more or less than that, depending on the grant, the writer, and the scope of the project.

The average cost of a grant writing engagement with OpenGrants is $25K. The average award size is $1.75M, and the average contract length is 6 months.

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