Funding Resources

We encourage you to contact us if you are considering seeking corporate or foundation support for your research or project. Our office can guide you to resources and may be able to help identify potential funders. If you would first like to learn more about foundation grantmaking or research funding opportunities on your own, this page lists some sources of information that may be helpful. If you are looking for information about government funding sources, please contact Sponsored Research.

Some organizations restrict the number of proposals accepted per institution in a given time period. Please contact us prior to submitting a letter of inquiry or proposal and we can advise you on other initiatives across the University that may be in progress.

Information about Foundations and Philanthropy

Foundation Center
An independent nonprofit information clearinghouse that collects, organizes, analyzes and disseminates information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects; maintains an extensive website with links to foundation and corporate grantmakers and offers tools for researching funding opportunities.

Philanthropy News Digest
A weekly service of the Foundation Center that collects news and information about the philanthropic world; their search page is useful for tracking down recent news about individual foundations.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
"The newspaper of the nonprofit world," some portions of the web site available only to subscribers.

Researching Funding Opportunities

Foundation Finder
A free service of the Foundation Center that offers basic information about foundations, such as mailing addresses.

RFP Bulletin
Private foundations and federal agencies often issue Requests for Proposals (RFPs) with specific program parameters and an invitation to submit proposals by a specified date; the RFP Bulletin, published by the Foundation Center, lists recently posted RFPs in 12 subject areas by funder and submission deadline.

A site for gaining free access to the annual tax returns of foundations (990PF’s) and public charities (990’s), which include a list of the foundation’s grants for the year; the grants list is usually near the end of the 990.

Foundation Websites
In general, the most up-to-date information about any foundation will be found on its own website. Most medium and large foundations have websites, on which they post their guidelines, contact names and phone numbers, deadlines, lists of past grants, annual reports, etc. We recommend checking the results of your directory searches against the foundations’ sites.

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