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An extensive research funding opportunity database that allows for both active searching as well as automated, daily opportunity notifications. To access training videos, click "Help" at top right of SPIN screen.
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Philanthropy News Digest
Philanthropy-related articles, features, and RFPs culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide. Customize your push notifications.
Set up push notifications for new grants in your research area, and search and apply for all United States government funding opportunities
The Grantsmanship Center
Funding State by State lists top grant-making foundations, community foundations and corporate giving programs for each state. Also a source for training webinars on all aspects of grant funding and information on international funding sources.
Guidestar Non-Profit Reports 990
Basic data on non-profit organizations, including foundations, from their IRS 990 tax forms. Information typically given is the purpose of the foundation & annual budget.
Foundation Grants to Individuals by
Call Number: AS911.A2 F67 2015 (Hamon Arts Library, non-circulating)
Publication Date: 2015
The most comprehensive directory available of private grantmakers, public charities and corporate giving programs in the United States that provide financial assistance to individuals.
SMU Research & Grant Resources
Office of Research Administration
Responsible for proposal development and submission, contract negotiation, project closeout, research compliance, and facilitates the internal approval process for proposals and awards.
Faculty Research Grants
For research and research-related travel, equipment, supplies, software, and other direct expenses.
Sponsored Projects and Contracts
Professional administrative support for the responsible management of sponsored projects.
Graduate Student Funding
Various fellowships and graduate funding available to the SMU community.
Tips for Finding Grants
Define your project before searching for a grant.
- Define the scope of what you want to accomplish.
- List the supplies, labor, travel, or other resources you will need.
- Itemize all costs, including your own time, into a budget.
Types of Organizations
Granting institutions can be federal, private foundations, microgrants, or even a crowdsourcing fund, such as Kickstarter or GoFundMe. Applicants should be familiar with the following aspects of grants and their funding organizations.
- Types of applications: Will the organization fund individuals or other non-profit organizations, or both?
- Annual amount: Is the grant large enough to cover what you need, or do you need to find more than one funding source?
- Geographic area: Which regions are the grants limited to?
- Areas of funding: Does the institution fund your area of research?
- Are there gaps in the information you can't find about the institution? How can you find this information out?