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4 Free or Affordable Grant Management Software Products

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UPDATE 1/5/2018: This piece has been updated to reflect more current information for the software options listed.

Last year, I purchased an iPad Mini to aid my general task management and other aspects of my work life, such as note taking in meetings. I chose a slightly older version, recognizing that I didn’t need the highest-end model to accomplish what I purchased it for. This decision may seem small, but at the time it saved me $500!

If you are running a small nonprofit seeking grants for projects, or are a small organization dealing in awarding grants to worthy recipients, you don’t always need the top-of-the-line grant management software.

There are free or affordable software options out there that can help you accomplish the essentials without sending you into the red.

free grant management software

To help you find software that works for you, I’ve rounded up four free or affordable grant management software products and identified a few key features of each. Presented in alphabetical order and broken out into free and affordable groupings, these options will help you streamline your awards processes.

Free grant management software

Effective grant management software is no small request, meaning that the list of quality free systems is a short one. I identified two options that offer all of the necessary, fundamental features without attaching a price tag.

1. Fluxx Grantseeker

Screenshot of Fluxx's free grant management sotware's home page

Grantseeker home page (via Fluxx)

Fluxx got its start with Grantmaker, a paid, cloud-based grants management solution aimed at grant-making organizations of all sizes. The company’s free offering, Grantseeker, is a cloud-based solution targeting the other end of things: grant recipients.

Grantseeker lets you manage proposals and reports, keep track of tasks and deadlines, and measure success through a dedicated dashboard. For support, Grantseeker includes access to Fluxx’s knowledge base (a searchable guide to the software), as well as email support during business hours.

Best for: Grant seekers

Software type: Web-based

Features:

  • Compliance management
  • Contract management
  • Grant award tracking
  • Grant opportunity search
  • Online applications
  • Self-registration

Capterra user rating4.5/5 Stars

Have you used Fluxx Grantseeker before? Be sure to leave a review!

2. Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Grants Management

Screenshot of Oracle's PeopleSoft Grant Management software dashboard

Oracle’s grant management dashboard (via Oracle)

Oracle is a solid open source alternative for most of your software needs. The company’s PeopleSoft system—first and foremost an enterprise project management system—offers an enterprise grants management add-on. If your nonprofit isn’t seeking specialized grant software, this is a great option to consider.

Best for: Grant seekers

Software type: Web-based

Features:

  • Asset tracking
  • Audit management
  • Compliance management
  • Contract management
  • Cost tracking
  • Depreciation management
  • Project costing

Capterra user rating4/5 Stars

Have you used Oracle Peoplesoft before? Be sure to leave a review!

Affordable grant management software

In this context, affordable means any software offered for $100/month or less, making it a feasible option for small to midsized nonprofits, pending on budget.

The two options listed below are full grant management systems, not smaller add-ons to larger software. If you’re going to pay for grant management software, you ought to receive a system fully dedicated to the task in return.

1. Award Force for Grants Starter

Screenshot of Award Force's grant entries page

Award Force’s grant entries page (via Award Force)

Award Force is a unique grant management software offering with a visually appealing user interface and exclusive focus on grant makers. The software helps organizations draft, market, and process grants for individuals and groups to ensure that the funds are spent on projects that matter.

The starter package comes in at $99/month and offers all of the basic, necessary grant management tools, such as moderating submissions, email integration, and application landing pages.

Best for: Grant issuers

Software type: Web-based

Features:

  • Compliance management
  • Grant award tracking
  • Online applications
  • Self-registration
  • Social sharing
  • Video applications

Pricing:

  • Starter: $1,188/year ($99/month)
  • Plus: $2,748/year ($229/month)

Capterra user rating5/5 Stars

Have you used Award Force before? Be sure to leave a review!

2. GrantHubScreenshot of GrantHub's dashboard

GrantHub’s dashboard (via GrantHub)

GrantHub is a comprehensive grant management system, covering the acquisitions process from proposal to award. The software streamlines your grant proposal process with application cloud storage, letting you quickly refer back to previous applications and proposals instead of starting from scratch each time.

GrantHub seamlessly integrates with programs such as Google Docs and Microsoft Excel in order to make your transition from a manual system to their specialized program as easy as possible.

Best for: Grant seekers

Software type: Web-based

Features:

  • Compliance management
  • Contract management
  • Grant award tracking
  • Grant opportunity search
  • Self-registration

Pricing: $900/year ($75/month)

Capterra user rating5/5 Stars

Have you used GrantHub before? Be sure to leave a review!

So, what now?

It’s time to get to work on those grant proposals! Check out these helpful blog posts covering grant proposals, management, and even fundraising!

Have you tried any of the software options listed above? Do you use another free or affordable solution for managing either end of the grant proposal process? Let me know in the comment section below!

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Nick Morpus

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Nick Morpus is a Content Writer for Capterra, a free resource that matches buyers and sellers of business software. He has a background in politics, economics, and journalism, which he dedicates his off-time to contributing his thoughts to other political sites. In his free-time he enjoys reading, drawing, photography, playing guitar, writing, and cooking.

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Hello, please help me out, I am trying to become a grant writer for our foundation. Is there any free software out there to get us started?? Thank you for your support.

John Carter

Hey,
You have given a great information of free software. Thanks for sharing this article with us.

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