Instrumentl

RATING:

5.0

(123)

About Instrumentl

Instrumentl is a web-based grant management solution that helps nonprofit organizations handle grants, projects and donors via a unified platform. The centralized dashboard enables employees to manage upcoming and historical grant opportunities, track deadlines and generate custom reports. Features of Instrumentl include activity tracking, analytics, contact management, custom matching and more. The application allows users to streamline active funding processes and receive automated alerts for grant updates from federal and state funding sources. Pricing is available on a monthly or annual subscription and support is extended via phone, email and other online measures.

Awards and Recognition

FrontRunner 2023
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Instrumentl Pricing

Basic - $179/month (billed annually) or $195/month Standard - $326/month (billed annually) or $299/month Pro - $499/month (billed annually) or $544/month Custom - Please contact Instrumentl directly

Starting price: 

$179.00 per month

Free trial: 

Available

Free version: 

Not Available

A project is like a "workspace" with two components: a saved search & your saved grants. Projects typically map to ongoing program areas at an organization. Each week, you'll get an email with new matching opportunities for your projects.
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Instrumentl Reviews

Overall Rating

5.0

Ratings Breakdown

Secondary Ratings

Ease-of-use

5

Customer Support

5

Value for money

5

Functionality

5

Most Helpful Reviews for Instrumentl

1 - 5 of 123 Reviews

User Profile

Aimie

Verified reviewer

Fund-Raising, 1 employee

Used daily for less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

5

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

5

FUNCTIONALITY

5

Reviewed February 2024

Your one stop shop for grant research and management.

I could shout from the rooftops my love for this software. It's user-friendly, and allows me to take on more clients by literally being a personal assistant that keeps me in line with little effort on my end. I also love the learning experiences that come with your membership. These are conducted by some incredible people who have been in the grant world for decades. Customer service has always been on top and quit to respond as well. Priceless.

PROS

The in-depth customizable search options that are offered. Instrumentl offers, by far, more options than most grant databases on the market. This saves me a ton of time in researching for perfect fit grants.

CONS

The price was a bit daunting at the beginning - but that was quickly made up once I got into the software and started using it. I stopped having to use 3 programs to manage a research project. It's truly my one-stop shop.

Vendor Response

Hi Aimie -- I'm so glad that you've found Instrument's search and database so useful for researching! We're also very glad to know that you are getting value through the platform by not needing to work with multiple programs at once! Thanks for being with us! Please feel free to reach out any time you need anything :) ~Eric

Replied February 2024

Val

Health, Wellness and Fitness, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

5

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

5

FUNCTIONALITY

5

Reviewed November 2023

Instrumentl keeps getting better!

I would recommend Instrumentl over any other grant prospecting software that I've used--not just for the features it has now, but for the team's dedication to future growth. It is noticed and appreciated. Thank you, Instrumentl!

PROS

I've been working with Instrumentl both as a freelancer and as a full-time grant writer for over two years now. It has been amazing to watch Instrumentl grow into grant management to better meet their clients' needs. Support staff are always kind, timely, and helpful, and they are dedicated to making sure their grant database is kept up-to-date.

CONS

It may help to have a dedicated "Feedback" option or email address to contact support with suggestions about new funders to add to the system or updates to existing funders. Using their normal support works okay for the meantime, though!

Reason for choosing Instrumentl

Instrumentl is more intuitive to use and has more features than FoundationSearch. Plus, I like the design better!

Reasons for switching to Instrumentl

Fluxx has useful grant management skills, but Instrumentl is more robust in its prospecting tools.

Vendor Response

Val -- thanks so much for your review! It's great to hear that the grant management tools on Instrumentl have been helpful for you and that you find the platform intuitive to use. I'm sharing your suggestion with our team on creating a dedicated way to contact us about adding or updating funders! We're so happy to have you onboard. :) ~Ketaki

Replied November 2023

Jessica

Writing and Editing, 1 employee

Used weekly for less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

OVERALL RATING:

4

EASE OF USE

5

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

5

FUNCTIONALITY

5

Reviewed August 2022

Find and Secure Grants!

Instrumentl is an excellent resource for research. They also provide amazing professional development as well. It would be even more impressive if there were a way to connect with potential clients who needed grant research and writing services too.

PROS

Instrumentl provides an amazing resource to find both private and federal grant opportunities. I love the "Funder Summary" tabs the most because they summarize lengthy 990 forms into easy to read highlights to find great matches for our clients.

CONS

It can be costly for consultants like me to pay for the software monthly, if I am working on writing the grants, as opposed to researching the grants.

Reason for choosing Instrumentl

The support and trial offer was amazing, and Instrumentl came highly recommended by my mentors at the Non-Profit Jenni Show and Learn Grant Writing.

Vendor Response

Thank you for sharing your experiences, Jessica! So glad you heard about us from our friends at Learn Grant Writing and the Nonprofit Jenni Show :) - Will

Replied September 2022

Travis

Non-Profit Organization Management, 11-50 employees

Used daily for less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

5

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

5

FUNCTIONALITY

5

Reviewed March 2024

Instrumentl - An Essential Tool for Established and Growing Nonprofits

PROS

I have been incredibly impressed with the Instrumentl product and the Instrumentl team. From day one, the service team was attentive and flexible. They actively sought and implemented feedback for product improvements and customization to meet our organization's needs. Aside from the phenomenal customer service, the product is fantastic. By utilizing Instrumentl, our organization was able to streamline and consolidate tools and resources in the development space while optimizing our team's efficiency. The features that have been most helpful have been the grant tracking and the grant research. Instrumentl has kept us on track with deadlines and has made it simple to find strong-fit matches on grant funding opportunities. Instrumentl is a great product at a reasonable price. I would recommend Instrumentl to any nonprofit that is looking to invest in its development team and looking to take the next step to elevate in their grants space.

CONS

Overall, Instrumentl is a great product. One area where the product is lacking is in the post-grant reporting features. This wasn't imperative for our organization but having features built out to support metrics and reporting for grants have have been won would be a nice upgrade. When discussing this with the Instrumentl team, they said they were already working on such features and hope to release a beta soon. We are very excited to see these features implemented to further enhance an already great platform.

Vendor Response

Hi Travis -- I'm so glad that you've found that Instrumentl was able to streamline and increase your team's efficiency when both organizing and prospecting for grants! Additional thanks for shouting out our team - they'll be thrilled to hear they've helped you utilize Instrumentl to its fullest :) We are definitely excited for all the work we're doing for post-grant efforts and I'll be sure to mention this to our product team. It's so awesome to have you with us! ~Eric

Replied May 2024

Allison

Non-Profit Organization Management, 2-10 employees

Used daily for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

5

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

5

FUNCTIONALITY

5

Reviewed September 2022

User friendly, customizable and a time saver.

PROS

Instrumental allows is to have all grant information in one location making this easy to use across our team. The software is very user friendly, easy to navigate and ability to customize which allows us to invest our time in our mission.

CONS

We would love to be able to look at a master calendar for upcoming submissions that include reporting or tasks. Also a way to search key words with in notes and attachments. We often input pertinent info but have to duplicate it to every year such as contact info, a new foundation email, etc but without remembering which year it was added to we often can’t find it again without a lot of digging.

Reason for choosing Instrumentl

Previously we utilized google sheets but the ability to easily search, assign tasks, track dates and data makes instrumental pricing well worth it!

Vendor Response

Great product suggestions in here! I'm sharing these with our product team right now :) also, a few of the things you mentioned are part of our new Calendar view which recently released a few months ago. Please contact us at hello@instrumentl.com if you'd like to learn more. - Will

Replied September 2022