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Finding Grants and Writing Proposals

Finding Grants and Writing Proposals

Grant Search Databases

Federal grants databases:

Funding opportunities are usually published on federal agencies' websites. See “Federal Funding Sources” below.

  • Free searchable database and email notification service for all federal funding opportunities.
  • Department of Education Grants Forecast: Forecast of funding opportunities under the discretionary grant programs for upcoming fiscal years.

Foundation grants databases:

  • The Grantsmanship Center: Search for private foundations by state. Provides general funding information, contact information, and links to organization websites.
  • Philanthropy News Digest (PND): A free service of the Foundation Center, PND publishes a weekly roundup of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from private grantmaking organizations. You can also search for RFPs by subject or keyword.

Topic- and discipline-specific grants databases:

  • H-Net: Tracks and lists Humanities and Social Sciences funding announcements.
  • NYFA Source: A national directory of awards, services, and publications for artists.
  • WomenArts: Provides information about grants and other opportunities for women artists and allies.

Federal Government

What is a government grant? A grant is a way the government funds your ideas and projects to provide public services and stimulate the economy. Grants support critical recovery initiatives, innovative research, and many other programs listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA). A grant is one of many different forms of federal financial assistance. You will find grant and cooperative agreement opportunities from federal grant agencies.

  • GRANTS.GOV: A gateway to the federal grants world
  • Assistance Listings: Assistance listings are detailed public descriptions of federal programs that provide grants, loans, scholarships, insurance, and other types of assistance awards. You may browse assistance listings across all government agencies to learn about potential funding sources. If you are looking for grant opportunities, visit our partner site at .

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