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Overview

Award Force is an awards management software offering users tools for entry management, payment gateway integration, judging...

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Submittable powers you with tools to launch, manage, measure, and grow social impact programs. From grants management to...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from

2000

Per year

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

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No pricing info

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.8

179

5

4

3

2

1

145

32

2

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
100%
would recommend this app

4.7

164

5

4

3

2

1

123

35

5

1

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
99%
would recommend this app

Pros

Emphasize how it safeguards sensitive information and ensures the integrity of the awards process. Which is in fact very high in quality and confidentiality kept tight.
Award Force has been quick to answer queries and address issues. They are also good at finding solutions that best suit our needs.
We were manually collecting/managing awards before award force - so award force was incredibly welcomed.

Pros

It's a nice one-stop-shop for my submission materials and nice to be able to check the status of various submissions in the same place.
Excellent customer service and support. Very responsive to all my questions and those of applicants.
There are so many functionalities that are useful and I'm certain I'm only using a small portion of all that's available. I highly recommend this software as a solution for tracking submissions.

Cons

I do find it frustrating that specific features are not present in the software.
I found it hard to visualise how to set up the system as a first time user, as there were no examples given for what I was looking for so the setup was a bit time consuming.
I DID ask if there was a file size limit for the upload (the answer is no) but I did not ask if the file sizes have an effect on the download.

Cons

Do I miss handling over and over sections of the application and loosing track when interrupted in the process when a click of a mouse brings me right back.
Do I miss being burdened by attempts to streamline or simplify a labor intensive process only to discover all the benefits of using Submittable.
I wish that the software pinged the various outlets using it when they haven't marked your application as "Rejected. It's annoying to see the submissions sitting there as "Pending" forever and ever.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review5 months ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review8 days ago

Key features

  • Total features95
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Administrative Reporting
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Applicant Portal
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Application Management
  • Approval Process Control
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Audit Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Autofill
  • Awards Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Biometrics
  • Blind Judging
  • Budget Control
  • Budget Management
  • CRM
  • Calendar Management
  • Campaign Management
  • Categorization/Grouping
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Chapter Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Contact Management
  • Contract/License Management
  • Contribution Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Questions
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Deadline Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Donation Disbursement Management
  • Donation Management
  • Donation Matching
  • Donation Tracking
  • Donor Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Electronic Forms
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Electronic Submission
  • Email Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Reminders
  • Email Templates
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employee Profiles
  • Entrant Management
  • Entry Fee Processing
  • Entry Management
  • Event Management
  • Event Scheduling
  • Expense Tracking
  • Feedback Management
  • File Storage
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • For Government
  • For Grantmakers
  • For Higher Education
  • For Marketers
  • For Nonprofits
  • For Schools
  • Forms Creation & Design
  • Forms Management
  • Fraud Detection
  • Fund Accounting
  • Fundraising Campaign Management
  • Fundraising Campaign Tracking
  • Fundraising Management
  • Gift Matching Management
  • Grant Application Management
  • Grant Award Tracking
  • Grant Discovery
  • Grant Management
  • Group Management
  • ID Scanning
  • Impact Management
  • Impact Measurement
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Judging Management
  • Labeling
  • Landing Pages/Web Forms
  • Lead Generation
  • Learning Management
  • Live Results Sharing
  • Member Database
  • Member Directory
  • Membership Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Giving
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Channel Communication
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-User Collaboration
  • Online Giving
  • Online Payments
  • Payment Processing
  • Payment Tracking
  • Performance Metrics
  • Personalization
  • Polls/Voting
  • Pre-Employment Testing
  • Process/Workflow Automation
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Promotions Management
  • Ratings/Reviews
  • Real-Time Analytics
  • Real-Time Data
  • Real-Time Reporting
  • Real-Time Updates
  • Recommendations
  • Recruitment Management
  • Recurring Giving
  • Registration Management
  • Relief Fund Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reporting/Project Tracking
  • Requirements Management
  • Reviewer Management
  • Reviewer Portal
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SSL Security
  • Scheduling
  • Scoring
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Self Service Portal
  • Single Sign On
  • Skill Testing
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Contests (Photo, Essay, Design, etc)
  • Social Media Integration
  • Social Promotion
  • Status Tracking
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Summary Reports
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Task Management
  • Test/Quiz Creation
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Time Tracking
  • Visual Analytics
  • Volunteer Management
  • Volunteer Recruiting
  • Web Forms
  • Website Integration
  • White Label
  • Workflow Management
  • Total features154
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Administrative Reporting
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Applicant Portal
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Application Management
  • Approval Process Control
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Audit Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Autofill
  • Awards Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Biometrics
  • Blind Judging
  • Budget Control
  • Budget Management
  • CRM
  • Calendar Management
  • Campaign Management
  • Categorization/Grouping
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Chapter Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Contact Management
  • Contract/License Management
  • Contribution Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Questions
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Deadline Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Donation Disbursement Management
  • Donation Management
  • Donation Matching
  • Donation Tracking
  • Donor Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Electronic Forms
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Electronic Submission
  • Email Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Reminders
  • Email Templates
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employee Profiles
  • Entrant Management
  • Entry Fee Processing
  • Entry Management
  • Event Management
  • Event Scheduling
  • Expense Tracking
  • Feedback Management
  • File Storage
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • For Government
  • For Grantmakers
  • For Higher Education
  • For Marketers
  • For Nonprofits
  • For Schools
  • Forms Creation & Design
  • Forms Management
  • Fraud Detection
  • Fund Accounting
  • Fundraising Campaign Management
  • Fundraising Campaign Tracking
  • Fundraising Management
  • Gift Matching Management
  • Grant Application Management
  • Grant Award Tracking
  • Grant Discovery
  • Grant Management
  • Group Management
  • ID Scanning
  • Impact Management
  • Impact Measurement
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Judging Management
  • Labeling
  • Landing Pages/Web Forms
  • Lead Generation
  • Learning Management
  • Live Results Sharing
  • Member Database
  • Member Directory
  • Membership Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Giving
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Channel Communication
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-User Collaboration
  • Online Giving
  • Online Payments
  • Payment Processing
  • Payment Tracking
  • Performance Metrics
  • Personalization
  • Polls/Voting
  • Pre-Employment Testing
  • Process/Workflow Automation
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Promotions Management
  • Ratings/Reviews
  • Real-Time Analytics
  • Real-Time Data
  • Real-Time Reporting
  • Real-Time Updates
  • Recommendations
  • Recruitment Management
  • Recurring Giving
  • Registration Management
  • Relief Fund Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reporting/Project Tracking
  • Requirements Management
  • Reviewer Management
  • Reviewer Portal
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SSL Security
  • Scheduling
  • Scoring
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Self Service Portal
  • Single Sign On
  • Skill Testing
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Contests (Photo, Essay, Design, etc)
  • Social Media Integration
  • Social Promotion
  • Status Tracking
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Summary Reports
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Task Management
  • Test/Quiz Creation
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Time Tracking
  • Visual Analytics
  • Volunteer Management
  • Volunteer Recruiting
  • Web Forms
  • Website Integration
  • White Label
  • Workflow Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations9
  • Dropbox Business
  • Gmail
  • Google Analytics 360
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Maps
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Power BI
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WordPress
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • authorize.net
  • Total integrations8
  • Dropbox Business
  • Gmail
  • Google Analytics 360
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Maps
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Power BI
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WordPress
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • authorize.net

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Reviewed 2 years ago

I wish I had been acquainted with Submittable previously. I spent / wasted hours of time working with grants previously, and the ease at which the applications are built and reviews are submitted through this software would have saved me a great deal of time. I am incredibly appreciative of how Submittable works and how easy it was for applicants and reviewers to access information.

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Reviewed 2 years ago

Good for now. Has helped with communication with applicants but would want to maximize the cons to improve our nonprofit relationships and enhance internal efficiency

Pros

Ease of creating applications/forms, ability to message with applicants directly in the portal, reviewer process is user friendly

Cons

Lack of automation, limited placeholder tags to be able to integrate DocuSign or other 3rd party integrations that would help with automation, delayed reporting, kind of messy once you get a lot of applications/projects set up, no intentional nonprofit relationship management capabilities, limited project/award management features.

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Submittable is a reliable resource for grant makers and awardees

Reviewed 8 months ago

It's been very positive having Submittable as a central hub for most of my grant work. I've lost data twice, but both times were issues on my end with the network or computer going down. I've learned to click "Save" when I step away from the application each time, and that's fixed that problem.

Pros

I like the ease of use, as an award applicant. Every grant that you fill out, or begin filling out, can be seen from a main list. Once you click on a specific opportunity, everything about that grant is accessible and in one place. When answering questions, there is a feature that tells you how many characters you've used, so you don't go over what the granting agency wants.

Cons

This isn't so much a problem with Submittable as it is with the way agencies title their grants. It's not always easy to tell which grant is which based on the automatic name the grant is saved under.

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Reviewed 7 years ago
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Thanks, Jim. We love hearing the word 'perfect' from our partners!