FAQ

How can Instrumentl help me?

Instrumentl helps you find and manage funding for your projects and programs by making it easy to find the most relevant grants, manage your process strategically, and stay on top of new announcements and approaching deadlines.

No more endless Google searching or hunting through clunky databases. Instrumentl delivers the most relevant grants to you.

Who uses Instrumentl?

Instrumentl is built for nonprofits and academic researchers working within the fields of environmental science and non-human biology.

Some examples of topics covered include: on-the-ground conservation/ restoration work, wildlife biology, evolution, environmental advocacy & education, marine sciences, paleontology, and many more.

If you’re unsure if your projects fit the mold, tell us about what you’re working on and we’ll get back to you asap.

What kinds of grants do you have?

Instrumentl is the most comprehensive, up­-to­-date source of active grants for academics and nonprofits within the fields of environmental science and non-human biology. We match our grant-seekers with over $1 billion in active grants from:

  • Corporate funders
  • Federal governments
  • State governments
  • Private foundations
  • Clubs and societies

How much does it cost?

Sign up for our Free Basic plan at no cost. Our Free Basic plan lets you view upcoming matches due within the next 90 days for 1 project.

If you’d like to view your matches for the entire year, have more than 1 project and/or would like to invite collaborators, upgrade to one of our paid plans. We have plans tailored for students, labs, and nonprofits. We give discounts for annual plans.

Check out our pricing page for details.

How are you different from other grant databases?


  • Comprehensive — Instrumentl is the most comprehensive database of active grants for environmental nonprofits and academics. We pull together corporate, private and government (federal & state) funding opportunities—we’re your one-stop-shop for grants.

  • Intelligent matchmaker — We’re a matchmaker between environmental nonprofits, academics and grants. We use 21st Century technology to learn about your projects and programs and then instantly match you to the most relevant funding opportunities. Instrumentl vets the opportunities so you don’t have to.

  • Review in seconds — Easily review streamlined grant information (see example), where we pull all the important eligibility criteria information from a funder's website and consolidate it on one easy-to-read page.

  • Project management — Instrumentl has an embedded project managing tool we call the “Grant Tracker.” Your Grant Tracker allows you to save your favorite grants, receive deadline reminders, store notes & documents, and track funder responses to your proposals.

Do you help nonprofits and academics outside of the US?

Nonprofits and academics outside of the US are welcome to sign up; however, please note that currently most of our funders are US-based.

Is my profile and project information private?

Yes. We use your profile and project information solely to match you with relevant grants.

Who is behind Instrumentl?

We’re a team of former nonprofit development staff, scientists, and hackers. We built Instrumentl because we had trouble finding grants for our own projects and we knew there had to be a better way. We’re located in San Francisco, California.

Have any other questions? Send us an email.