Funding Sources

GENERAL FUNDING SOURCESGreat places to start your search!!

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
This web site gives you access to a database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.

Federal Register
The Federal Register provides access to a wide range of Federal benefits and opportunities for funding. is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $400 billion in annual awards. It allows you to FIND and APPLY for federal government grants.

Community for Science
COS provides a full range of Internet-based services for the world’s researchers. Universities, corporations, societies, private institutions, government agencies and individual researchers are able to utilize COS Web-based products and services to find funding, promote their work, identify experts, manage resources, and collaborate with colleagues.

First Gov-Nonprofits
Grant resources, tax information and management for Nonprofits. Official information
and services from the U.S. government.

Grants Net
GrantsNet is the first stop grant seekers should make on the Internet to learn about how to access resources at HHS. Through GrantsNet, the public can link to the grant offices of the 11 Operating Divisions (OPDIVs) that comprise HHS, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the Administration for Children and Families, to name a few.

Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters.

A free basic search is available for users who want to verify a nonprofit’s legitimacy, learn whether a contribution will be tax deductible, view a nonprofit’s recent Forms 990, or find out more about its mission, programs, and finances. Thanks to the generosity of a number of foundations, GuideStar Basic is available at no charge to users. Just log in and start searching

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management
The Alliance is a learning community that promotes quality in nonprofit capacity building. The Alliance convenes a major annual conference, networks colleagues year-round online, and provides member discounts on books and other publications.


The Foundation Center
This website provides instruction on funding research, help with proposal writing, tools for locating prospective funders, news and research on the field, or a library or training class near you.

TOP 10 FOUNDATIONS by Asset Size

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Ford Foundation

J. Paul Getty Trust

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Lilly Endowment, Inc


U.S. Department of Education Grants
This site provides a comprehensive list of U.S. Department of Education grants that are currently open.

National Science Foundation Funding Opportunities
Go here to search current funding opportunities for the National Science Foundation.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
This site provides funding resources and links you to The Office of Extramural Research (OER) site, which provides NIH Medical & Behavioral Research Grant Policies, Guidelines & Funding.

National Institute of General Medical Sciences
This site provides grant writing tips for new NIH grant applicants. There are also funding search capabilities, grant review policies and other forms of assistance.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
The National Endowment for the Arts is the largest annual funder of the arts in the United States. NEA provides funding in the following areas: Access to Artistic Excellence, Learning in the Arts, Challenge America, and Partnership Agreements.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

U.S. Agency for International Development
USAID has been the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.

A daily updated site that provides more that 10,000 funding opportunities and the largest collection of sponsored research opportunities.

A comprehensive website offering tips to grant makers, links to funders sites, and resources for grant writers. Includes both private and government monies.