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Ohio Arts Council

The Ohio Arts Council decided to get a custom-built system to manage the up to 2,000 awards they handle at a time. After 10 years, however, the system was dated and they needed a platform that was flexible, able to change as arts granting processes and practices did. SmartSimple provided complete configurability, a high level of transparency and the powerful security they needed to meet their complex reporting needs and protection for the proprietary information that flows through their system.

Key Stats

Client Name: Ohio Arts Council

SmartSimple Client Since: 2014

Type of Giving: Grants

Dollars Managed: $13 million since 2015

Old System: Custom




Key Pain Points: An outdated system requiring an extensive overhaul that was going to be very expensive to upgrade.

New System Must-Haves: Complete operational transparency, robust reporting capabilities, a high level of security and ease of use for staff and applicants.

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As a grants management system that could grow with us, SmartSimple struck the perfect balance between being easy to use and still being nuanced enough to handle how we do things… SmartSimple allows us to be nimble and won’t ever hold us back from executing big ideas or initiatives.

Dan Katona, Deputy Director, Ohio Arts Council

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