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Grant Writing Process - Finding Funding Sources

Internet: Locating potential funding sources has become much easier in recent years with Internet resources. The attached list provides links to hundreds of grant-making foundations and organizations that may be searched alphabetically or by discipline.

Calvin Links: Names of Calvin faculty members who have received grants from these organizations are listed at the conclusion of each description. You are encouraged to contact them for advice on working with these foundations and/or to request a copy of their successful proposal.

Grants Office: The Grants Office has background information on many of the organizations on this list; contact us if you would like to find out more about Calvin's relationship with a particular foundation or funding agency. Our office also keeps copies of all proposals submitted by the college and by Calvin faculty. Contact us if you would like to see a particular proposal.

Listservs: The Grants Office receives daily notices about government and foundation grant opportunities. We would like to pass along grant information that might be of interest to you. If you would like us to watch for such opportunities, please e-mail us a short project description so we know what to be watching for.


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Search Engines: Several free Web sites allow you to search through thousands of agencies to find the funding source that is appropriate for your needs. Some of the best sites are:

  • The Foundation Center: site includes thousands of funding agencies that are searchable by keyword, subject, geographic area, and so forth.

  • The Foundation Directory Online
    Search over 77,000 grantmakers or 400,000 grants. Call Lois Konyndyk, Director of Foundation Relations, at x6-8524 for the Foundation Directory Online username and password.

  • GrantsNet: a resource for finding funding agencies for training in the biomedical sciences and undergraduate science education. Supported by HHMI and AAAS.

  • ATS Online (Association of Theological Schools): The online faculty grants directory provides information on over 750 funding sources in the humanities and social sciences.

Internal Funding: Information on internal funding opportunities is available through the Office of the Dean for Research and Scholarship. Information on opportunities in the social sciences can be accessed through Calvin's Center for Social Research.