Grants Network Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Grants Network

Grant management for state, local & tribal governments

4.43/5 (152 reviews)

Grants Network overview

What is Grants Network?

Grants Network from eCivis is a grant management solution designed for state, local, and tribal governments, which is also used by universities, colleges, and school districts. The system is designed to assist with managing every stage of the grant lifecycle, from opportunity identification through to reporting.

eCivis assists users in defining their project outlines, overall goals, and performance tracking metrics before searching for funding opportunities. Collaboration tools are built into the system to support proposal development and improve internal visibility, allowing users to develop their submissions and budgets to comply with federal and nonfederal requirements. The grant research tool presents users with funding opportunities to support their projects, enabling the identification of opportunities without requiring users to carry out research from scratch. Pass-through entities can create and broadcast grant solicitations, communicate directly with applicants and subrecipients, and manage risk, and state or large local governments can utilize grant portals to regulate this process.

Once awards are received or subrecipients are selected, users can track their spend down and performance through a range of reports and dashboards. Custom reports can also be created and shared with external and internal stakeholders. eCivis assists users in enforcing policies through task and approval workflows to ensure that projects and proposals are compliant, and offers various training materials to aid in keeping staff informed and up-to-date on policies and regulations.
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Pricing

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$5200/year
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English
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Grants Network reviews

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Greg Tardieu

No Missed Opportunities

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-02-11
Review Source: Capterra

My department was barely treading water with about $200,000 in grant awards per year. In the past three years we have increased our awards and now manage about $1.3 million annually. eCivis delivers - it is that simple.

Pros
Prior to subscribing to eCivis I was searching endless websites and grant giving foundations. It is daunting to search EVERYTHING. I compiled a long list of funders to search year after year in the hopes of being able to apply for a grant with enough time to complete the application. Most of the time I was already past the deadline or only had a few days to complete the application. eCivis changed all that - I no longer search the internet I get up to date grant openings that fit my requirements and this allows me the time to put together the appropriate team members and complete the application on time.

Cons
I work for a relatively small school district with 15,000 students so I am the Grants Department. eCivis has huge capability for cities, universities, etc... managing dozens of huge grants all at the same time. The software is sophisticated for large grant management needs and is too much for my smaller needs. I rely on eCivis for finding grant opportunities that I would not find otherwise.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Sarah Derryberry

I am a grant writer and I love this program.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-03-28
Review Source: Capterra

1. Ability to research grants and access the necessary details. 2. Store all documents in one location and share access to those documents with only the appropriate people.

Pros
I like the grant search functions but most importantly the grant tracking from beginning to end. I've been writing grants for 30 years, back before the internet, so I really understand and appreciate all this program does to help find and manage grants. The tutorials are short and to the point so when I need to learn about a function I have immediate access to learn how to do it. Having the ability to track and report with reminders of deadlines is one of the most valuable features in my mind especially in larger organizations that are juggling the management/compliance of many grants. For a large organization the cost of this software replaces a staff position that would cost as much but I'm convinced would be less efficient and likely more exposed to more errors. I would like to see eCivis come up with a smaller, affordable, simplified version (i.e. less bells & whistles) for small non-profits that just need to manage a handful of grants. Grant searching, writing and managing the grant really cut into programmatic responsibilities for these smaller organizations.

Cons
I don't really dislike anything about this software. From time-to-time I have thoughts of little things I wish were done differently or they would add but they haven't been important enough to keep record of.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Eric Cadow

Grants Network

Reviewed 2014-11-13
Review Source: Capterra

Overall a good deal of customization would be required to add significant value to the process wherein grants are currently being centrally tracked. Still, eCivis adds a friendly windows format and a means for different departments to access their grants. The "Grant" and "Project" concepts theoretically mirror the County's, but there seem to be a number of mis-matches, i.e., fields that might belong in Projects are in Grants, and vice-versa. Certain fields that exist, such as defining the total amount available, do not seem to be as relevant, as other potentially useful fields which are not captured at all (e.g. Commissioners Court dates, FTEs, ability to track award budgets at the object level, among others) The grant library does not seem to be updated with many of the grants that the County applies for, and the process of adding them to the Library is time-consuming and eCivis seems to rely on the County to document this. Search fields are not matched well to the County's specific needs: for example, there are two fields for Health -- Prevention, and Research. The County's need is mostly Public Health, and there is no field for that. Further, it would be helpful to have sub-fields within broad categories such as Public Health (Epidemiology, Family Planning, HIV-AIDS, WIC, etc). eCivis features a tool to send emails periodically on new grant opportunities, not unlike tools already in use such as grants.gov. The tool allows for some customization, but many of the hits that come back are extraneous. Still, this has been the most popular feature of eCivis to date. I've kept this fairly short, but where many of the features could be critiqued, the overall comment is that eCivis is not a bad system, and could be a good system for less complicated jurisdictions. Short of that, a good deal of customization would need to be added, or the grant tracking module significantly revamped to address more than basic needs.

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Linda Burke Davis

Grant Writers Resource

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-04-18
Review Source: Capterra

In my opinion, eCIVIS , rather than solving business problems, presents our non-profit with opportunities to find additional funds to continue to provide high quality services which help individuals with Down syndrome become as independent as possible.

Pros
eCIVIS allows me to search for grants that are beyond the usual local foundations with which we partner. We actually have found a few new grantors, who share our commitment to persons living with Down syndrome and were willing to give us a grant. The format provides easy access to information about specific grant opportunities. Within just a few minutes, it is possible to determine if our organization is eligible to apply for a grant. The inclusion of grant guidelines tells me if this is an opportunity we should pursue. The selection of grants presented gives me a good idea of the trends among grantmakers. Using eCIVIS is always a positive experience.

Cons
The only negative is that eCIVIS lists just a few grant opportunities relevant to our organization. Just kidding, of course. What grant writer wouldn't like a huge list of grant possibilities specific to their cause?

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Bashar Dimitry

Customer service is great--Anthony Torres is amazing.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-04-06
Review Source: Capterra

Stay organized and on track with inter departmental tasks. Keeps documents in one place and easy to find.

Pros
It's ease of use--very straightforward. I like the tasks and workflow features--they are very useful internally and make eliminate all the paper between departments. Tracking it and the time it's in a department is great too.

Cons
Scheduling reports takes too long. I think "simple tasks" should actually be simple. The scheduled report feature should be easier and all report should be camped under one or two folders in the eCivis documents section. There's no point is seeing a thousand different folders for various reports, as long as dates of reports are maintained. For example, we only need 1 folder for Progress Reports and 1 folder for FFRs.

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Grants Network pricing

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$5200/year
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Additional information for Grants Network

Key features of Grants Network

  • Project planning
  • Goals definition
  • Performance metrics
  • Funding opportunity identification
  • Grant research
  • Collaboration tools
  • Proposal development
  • Grant solicitations
  • Solicitation broadcasting
  • Risk management
  • Communication with applicants & subrecipients
  • Grant portals
  • ERP integration
  • Performance & spend down tracking
  • Dashboards & reporting
  • Custom reports
  • Task & approval workflows
  • Policy enforcement
  • Training
  • Resource library
  • Grant award tracking
  • Outcomes measurement
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Benefits

Project outlines, goals, and performance tracking metrics can be defined, and once an award is received or sub-recipients selected, users can track spend down and performance with dashboards, standard reports, and custom reports.

The grant research section assists users in identifying funding opportunities without having to carry out the research themselves from scratch.

Built-in collaboration tools are included to assist with proposal development and internal visibility, to conform with nonfederal and federal requirements.

For pass-through entities, tools are included to assist with creating and broadcasting grant solicitations, risk management, and communication with applicants and subrecipients, and grant portals are included for state or large local governments to standardize this process.

Policies can be enforced using enterprise-level task and approval workflows, and training resources are also built-in to assist in ensuring that all staff are kept up-to-date with policies and regulations.