Grant Databases

Foundation Center
The Foundation Center website provides basic information for over 70,000 corporate and foundation funding sources. The Web site also has more than 2,400 links to grant-maker web sites. Due to licensing constraints, this Web site can only be accessed through the Foundation Office.
The website enables individuals to electronically find federal grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies. is the single access point for information about 900 grant programs offered by 26 federal grant-making agencies.

Federal Register
The Federal Register keeps a record of all federal government actions, including upcoming funding deadlines. The Federal Registrar can be searched by keywords then may be browsed by date.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
All federal grant programs are numbered and listed in the CFDA and can be browsed by searching by keywords.

Grantswatch - Higher Education Grants for All

Federal Funders

Advanced Research Projects Agency

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Corporation for National Service

Department of Agriculture

Department of Education

Department of Energy

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Justice

Department of State

Environmental Protection Agency

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Institutes of Health

National Science Foundation

Private Foundation Funders

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The California Endowment

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Community Foundation of Silicon Valley

The James Irvine Foundation

The San Francisco Foundation

Peninsula Community Foundation

California Community Foundation

The California Wellness Foundation

Sample Grants & Templates

Foundation Center, Grant Space

Sample Grant Proposals

School Grants

Chico State University, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Public for Access to Funded FIPSE Grant Proposals

Colorado Grants: Centerville Community Center

Weber State University

NSF Successful Grant Proposals

American Political Science Association (Research Proposals)

Funded Academic Initiatives Monetary Fund (AIM) Applications

Maricopa Center for Learning &Instruction, Maricopa Community Colleges

Grant Research Sources


Portico is a collection of web sites, containing publicly available information, compiled for the use of the advancement community.


APRA is the premier international organization for fundraisers who specialize in fundraising research, analytics and relationship management.

David Lamb's Prospect Research Page

Online resource for prospect researchers. American Fact Finder

Census data. Bureau of Labor Statistics

As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.

Federal Statistics

National Association of State Budget Officers

Founded in 1945, NASBO serves as the professional organization for all state budget officers of the fifty states and U.S. territories.

Newsletters & List Serves

The Grant Advisor

US Department of Education

Foundation Center Newsletters

National Science Foundation

Grant Station Insider

Philanthropy Journal

Federal Register

Federal Electronic Grants Clearinghouse:

U.S. Department of Education

Foundation Center

A to Z Grantwriting Monthly Newsletter for Nonprofits

Fundsnet Services Online


Federal Electronic Grants Clearinghouse

Emergency Management for Higher Ed

Funding Announcements

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)

CFDA provides a full listing of all Federal programs available to State and local governments, domestic public, quasi- public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.

Chronicle of Philanthropy: Deadlines

Grant announcements and requests for proposals in a wide variety of subject areas, particularly but not exclusively for institutional grantseekers.

Foundation Center RFP (Request for Proposals) Bulletin

A weekly bulletin of funding announcements and requests for proposals in a variety of areas for organizations and academic institutions. May be searched by categories. Grant Email Alerts

"THE single access point for over 1,000 grant programs offered by all Federal grant-making agencies" now has email alerts! Subscribe to receive email alerts on all new grants notices - or all of those that match your favorite search criteria.

GrantsNet Funding News

Focuses on current research funding opportunities in the biological and medical sciences. An optional Funding News email alert service is also available. Includes online journal articles published by Science magazine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

NSF (National Science Foundation) Active Funding Opportunities

Allows you to receive notifications about new content posted on the NSF web site. Alert options include both Recently Announced Funding Opportunities as well as Upcoming Due dates. Notification can be received via email or RSS. Grantsnet: Funding Opportunities for Training in the Biological and Medical Sciences

A currently free internet-based database of hundreds of programs. Also includes funding news and an email update service. A site of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Quite a bit of funding information for international applicants.

Foundation Center 990-PF Search

This Foundation Center site permits searching for 990-PF returns by name, zip code, and/or EIN number.

BIG Online

A for-profit resource, BIG Online provides online and telephone assistance for navigating the various tools on its website. Also offers online classes to learn more about the features of its extensive database, which contains grantmakers' 990's, and a trove of relevant articles.

Foundation Search America

Also a for-profit resource, very similar to BIG Online. Popular resource available to nonprofits for a fee. Offers the ability to conduct in-depth analysis of prospective foundations.


GrantStation is an interactive website that allows grantseekers to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects, and mentors them through the grantseeking process. Searchable database of grantmakers who are actively accepting inquiries and proposals, federal grant deadlines, online tutorials, and frequent webinars. This site requires fee-based membership, although some features are free.

The Philanthropy Journal

Published by Institute for Nonprofits at N.C. State University, the Journal publishes news about foundations, recent surveys about fundraising trends, and other nonprofit issues. You can join as an individual or an organization. There is also a free online newsletter.

The Grantsmanship Center

Click "Sources of Funding Information" at this site and you will find links to today's Federal Register, and to community foundation websites, listed by state.

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