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Grants and Related Resources: Researching Potential Funders

A compilation of resources for grant and financial aid seekers.

Identify Possible Collaborators

MSU Scholars
This site highlights the publications of MSU's researchers, as reflected in Elsevier's Scopus database, and their grants, as reflected in MSU's Contracts and Grants database. MSU Scholars increases the visibility of faculty and academic staff to local, state, national, and international research and business communities. It can be used to search for expertise, identify research opportunities, and facilitate collaborations.

MSU Experts Directory
Although this directory is designed for journalists, others may want to explore it to find MSU experts in their fields.

Organizations & Associations

Researching further background information on granting agencies and associations can help you create a stronger application. Here are some ways to get background information on granting associations--you may want to align your goals statement with what the granting association states as its goals. Try these databases for further information:

GuideStar Premium. GuideStar, produced by Philanthropic Research, Inc. (PRI), is a searchable directory that provides detailed information on more than 1 million nonprofit organizations. The database covers ’IRS-registered 501 nonprofit organizations that may accept tax-deductible contributions’. Profiles cover mission and programs, financials, leaders, and most importantly, full text via PDF of the charity’s IRS 990 filing from 1998 forward in most cases.  Note that the Library's subscription only allows 3 users at once.

Encyclopedia of Associations (EA): National Organizations of the U.S., 2017, 56th edition available via the Gale Directory Library in MeL (available to Michigan residents or Michigan libraries). Click in the “Organizations” + box to select and then type your search term in the “Basic Search” box keeping in mind that you can specify your search words as well as limit results. EA is the most comprehensive source for detailed information on more than 24,000 nonprofit American membership organizations of national scope and multi-national scope. Every entry offers a wealth of valuable data, typically including the organization's complete name, address and phone number together with the primary official's name and title; fax number, website and email when available; founding date, purpose, activities and dues; narrative description of association's purpose and activities; national and international conferences; and more. Encyclopedia of Associations can be an excellent resource for small business development and for entrepreneurs as well as general research. 

Recommended Databases

Foundation Directory Online Professional.  (Subscription Resource)
Funding database created and maintained by the Foundation Center. Provides access to detailed profiles on over 140,000 private and corporate foundations, corporate giving programs, grantmaking public charities, and federal agency funders.  Updated weekly. Also provides information on grant recipients, over 8 million recently awarded grants, and over a million recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF.  Available across all MSU IP Ranges and to anyone with a current MSU NetID and password.  Non-affiliated visitors can request access at the Main Library Reference Desk or utilize Foundation Directory Quick Start, a limited version of the database (free registration required).

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (Main Library IP Address Access Only)
Includes descriptions of more than 8,300 foundations and public charities that fund individual grantseekers and is searchable by nine different criteria. Records provide contact information, financial data, application information, and program descriptions, with links to more than 500 foundation Web sites. Updated weekly.

GrantSelect (Subscription Resource)
An extensive online grants database owned and operated by Schoolhouse Partners, containing more than 16,000 funding opportunities provided by more than 5,100 unique sponsoring organizations.

GrantStation (Subscription Resource)
This database of over 8,000 funding opportunities is available as part of the MSU Libraries subscription to the Chronicle of PhilanthropyGrantStation training video.

Proposal Central (Free, but requires Registration)
Altum, Inc. runs a site known as Proposal Central. Some private foundations and many voluntary health organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, American Lung Association, Epilepsy Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Muscular Dystrophy Association utilize this system for receipt of on-line applications. You may also find it useful to check this website for upcoming agency deadlines. Requires free registration.

Online Funding Newsletters

Online funding newsletters can provide leads and news about trends that might assist in learning about viable funding opportunities.

The Grant Advisor (Subscription service)
A monthly newsletter (except July) providing grant and fellowship information of interest to academic faculty and graduate students. Includes hypertext links to organization websites as well as electronic form letters for those organizations providing e-mail access.  Note: Mozilla Firefox cannot handle the Grant Advisor (Jan. 2017); use Chrome. Deadline Memos are sorted into the following categories:

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