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Grants and Related Resources: Researching Potential Funders

A compilation of resources for grant and financial aid seekers.

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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:

Associations Unlimited. Contains information for approximately 460,000 international and U.S. national, regional, state, and local nonprofit membership organizations in all fields, including IRS data on U.S. 501(c) nonprofit organizations. For some 2,600 major U.S. national associations, provides full-text association materials such as brochures, pamphlets, and membership application forms.

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.

Recommended Databases

Foundation Directory Online Professional (Main Library IP Address Access Only)
Provides subscribers with access to an unprecedented wealth of timely, comprehensive information on grantmakers and their grants. Included is a database of the entire universe of over 140,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S.; a database of over 4,000 sponsoring companies, offering a quick pathway to corporate funders; a database of over 3 million recently awarded grants; and a keyword-searchable database of over 1 million recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF. Unique funder portfolios organize additional funder-specific content in one convenient location and include: grantmaker-related news, job opportunities, and Request For Proposals (RFPs); grantmaker-sponsored publications; and officer and trustee affiliations. Foundation Directory Online Professional also provides exclusive funder-specific functionality: the ability to search across a funder's grants with customized search indexes; the ability to map a funder's grants for any given year by recipient type or primary subject and drill down to view disbursements by county, city, ZIP code, or congressional district; the ability to chart a funder's grants for any given year by recipient type or primary subject and drill down to view disbursements by secondary and tertiary category; the ability to sign up to receive funder-specific e-mail alerts; and the ability to search across all four Foundation Directory Online databases as well as the Foundation Center's philanthropy news, nonprofit jobs, RFPs, foundation publications, and nonprofit literature databases simultaneously.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (Main Library IP Address Access Only)
Includes descriptions of more than 6,000 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, and it contains more than 16,000 funding opportunities provided by more than 5,100 unique sponsoring organizations. Also provides a selection of funding news.

GrantStation (Subscription Resource)
This database of over 8000 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.

SciVal Funding (Subscription resource)
Provides access to a searchable database of more than 12,000 active opportunities, 2.25M awards (back to 2004), and 4500 funding bodies. Geographic coverage is strongest for the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, European Commission, Australia, Ireland, Singapore, India, South Africa, and New Zealand. At present academic discipline coverage is strongest in the sciences and business; hopefully it will beef up funding information in the arts, humanities, and social sciences as time goes by.

OVPRGS Funding Opportunities Database (Free resource)
Updated several times each week, this database can be “filtered” by type of funding source (Federal, State, Foundation, Corporate, Institutionally Limited Proposals (ILP), Arts and Humanities, Career, Awards, Internal; or searched by keywords within the title of the Request for Proposal (RFP).

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. This version of THE GRANT ADVISOR includes hypertext links to organization web sites as well as electronic form letters for those organizations providing e-mail access.  The table of contents is listed every month in the Grants and Related Resources Blog.

The Grant Advisor Deadline Memos (PDF Format)
Update monthly (except July). Provides grant and fellowship deadlines of interest to academic faculty and graduate students. Requires Adobe Acrobat for viewing. Deadlines are sorted into the following categories:

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Research Development and Grant Writing News (Subscription service)
Published monthly by Academic Research Funding Strategies to provide help and advice to faculty seeking funding for their research projects.  The table of contents is listed every month in the Grants and Related Resources Blog.

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