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Granting Agencies for the Social Sciences
Information on opportunities in the social sciences can be accessed through Calvin's Center for Social Research. Additional information can be found by searching the Foundation Finder database, GrantsNet, or ATS Online (Association of Theological Schools). These search engines are free and allow you to search through thousands of agencies to find the funding source appropriate for your needs.
American Association of University Women:
The AAUW Educational Foundation, the largest source of funding exclusively for graduate women in the world, supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.
American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS): The mission of the ACLS is "the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences and the maintenance and strengthening of relations among the national societies devoted to such studies."
American Political Science Association: (resource for sabbatical funding) The Association brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors in order to expand awareness and understanding of political life.
American Psychological Foundation: (Part of the American Psychological Association) The Foundation has focused on advancing psychology through fostering the best and the brightest students, supporting cutting-edge research, and recognizing those psychologists whose excellent projects, research, and careers light the way for what can be done to benefit humanity.
American Sociological Association: The American Sociological Association provides funding opportunities to graduate students of sociology and sociologists with doctorates.
Aspen Institute: The Aspen Institute is a global forum for leveraging the power of leaders to improve the human condition.
Association for Institutional Research: Grants and scholarships supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are available to staff and faculty of post-secondary education institutions. The goals of the grant and scholarship program are to provide opportunities for professional development, to foster the use of federal databases in postsecondary education decision-making, and to foster the use of the federal databases to inform research on issues in postsecondary education.
AT&T Foundation: invests globally in projects that are at the intersection of community needs and AT&T's business interests. Emphasis is placed on programs that serve the needs of people in communities where AT&T has a significant business presence, initiatives that use technology in innovative ways, and programs in which AT&T employees are actively involved as contributors or volunteers.
Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College: The Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, a multidisciplinary residential research center, offers fellowships for women scholars, scientists, artists, and writers.
Campus Compact: Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 740 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education. To support this civic mission, Campus Compact promotes community service that develops students' citizenship skills and values, encourages partnerships between campuses and communities, and assists faculty who seek to integrate public and community engagement into their teaching and research. Steve Timmermans, Gail Zandee, Peggy Bendroth
Annie E. Casey Foundation: Their mission is to foster public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families. Working with neighborhoods and state and local governments, the Foundation provides grants to public and nonprofit organizations to strengthen the support services, social networks, physical infrastructure, employment, self-determination, and economic vitality of distressed communities.
CCCU Initiative Grants to Network Christian Scholars. The purpose of this program is to enable small groups of Christian scholars to network in ways that will lead to individual and collaborative scholarship on focused themes of keen interest to the larger academy. Any discipline is encouraged to submit a proposal which demonstrates potential for Christian perspectives on the theme to make an important contribution to conversations in the academy.
Coca-Cola Foundation: Their mission is to improve the quality of life in the community and to enhance individual opportunity through education. They support educational programs primarily within three main areas: higher education, classroom teaching and learning, and international education.
Cummings Fund The Cummings Fund supports entrepreneurial solutions to social problems, eliminating dependence on governmental programs by actively aiding groups with measurable and sustainable long-term gains for individuals in need.
Arthur Vining Davis Foundation: Programs include Private Higher Education, Secondary Education, Religion (Graduate Theological Education), Health Care (Caring Attitudes), and Public Television. Lois Konyndyk

Department of Education (US):

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE): FIPSE's mandate is to "improve postsecondary educational opportunities" across a broad range of concerns. Steve Vander Leest, Lois Konyndyk

Department of Education (State of Michigan):

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics & Science: ENC's mission is to identify effective curriculum resources, create high-quality professional development materials, and disseminate useful information and products to improve K-12 mathematics and science teaching and learning.

Department of Career Development (Michigan)

4-S Program: The Select Student Support Services (4-S) Program is a competitive grant program that supports universities in the development and institutionalization of innovative retention programs for academically and economically disadvantaged students. Jacque Rhodes, Steve Timmermans, Karen Hollebeek, Jane Hendriksma

Earhart Foundation Fellowship Research Grants are awarded, upon direct application, to individuals who have established themselves professionally.
Erasmus Institute: The Erasmus Institute was founded to foster research grounded in Catholic intellectual traditions and focused on significant issues in contemporary scholarship. Its mission is not to advance study of the church or theology as such but, rather, to bring resources from two millennia of Catholic thought to bear on problems in the humanities, social sciences, and arts. John Hare, Ruth Groenhout
Fetzer Institute: The Fetzer Institute is a nonprofit private operating foundation that supports research, education, and service programs exploring the integral relationships among body, mind, and spirit. Our current program focus includes the areas of science, leadership, integral practice, and philanthropy.
Freedom Forum: The Freedom Forum is a nonpartisan, international foundation dedicated to free press, free speech, and free spirit for all people. The foundation focuses on four main priorities: the Newseum, First Amendment freedoms, newsroom diversity, and world press freedom.

Fulbright: Fulbright grants are made to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Dave Van Baak, Joel Adams

Traditional Program
The Occasional Lecturer Program
Student Awards

Ford Foundation (NY):The Ford Foundation is a resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide. Its goals are to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. Steve Timmermans, Randal Jelks
German Academic Service (DAAD): The activities of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)—today one of the world's largest and most respected intermediary organizations in its field—illustrate the terms of reference within which academic exchange and international cooperation in science and art progress as part of the essential creative forces of the modern world. Their development is determined by individuals and their study and research projects, by the scientific community, and by the expectations and views of society, as well as and also by what is technically possible, coupled with economic interests and political goals. Lambert Zuidervaart
Wm T Grant Foundation: The goal of the William T. Grant Foundation is to create a society that values young people and enables them to reach their full potential. The Foundation supports basic and applied research on youth development, program evaluations, policy analyses, research sysntheses, and communications research. Priority areas for research are youth development; programs, policies, and institutions affecting young people; and adults' attitudes about and perceptions of young people, focusing on young people age 8 - 25.
William Randolph Hearst Foundation: The charitable goals of the two Foundations are essentially the same, and reflect the philanthropic interests of William Randolph Hearst -- Education, Health, Social Service and Culture. Within these four areas, the Foundations assist institutions in providing opportunities to underserved and underrepresented populations. Lois Konyndyk
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation: The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in conflict resolution, education, environment, family and community development, performing arts, population, and U.S.-Latin American relations.
Housing & Urban Development: - COPC Lois Konyndyk, Steve Timmermans, Carol Rienstra
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: concentrated grantmaking in four areas: to ensure that all Americans have access to basic health care at reasonable cost; to improve care and support for people with chronic health conditions; to promote healthy communities and lifestyles; and to reduce the personal, social and economic harm caused by substance abuse—tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs.
W. K. Kellogg Foundation: A non-profit that focuses on improving communities' quality of life in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Southern Africa through the practical application of knowledge and resources. Funding is focused toward food systems and rural development; youth and education and higher education; and philanthropy and volunteerism. Within these focal areas, funding is also provided for leadership; information systems/ technology; efforts to capitalize on diversity; and family, neighborhood, and community development programming. Steve Timmermans
Knight Foundation: It is dedicated to service to community, the highest standards of journalistic excellence and the defense of a free press. Lois Konyndyk
Kresge Foundation: The Kresge Foundation Science Initiative is a challenge grant program to upgrade and endow scientific instrumentation and laboratories in colleges and universities, teaching hospitals, medical schools, and research institutions. Lois Konyndyk
Library of Congress offers Kluge Center Fellowships for Humanistic and Social Science Research. The Kluge Center especially encourages humanisitic and social science research that makes use of the Library's large and varied collections. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, or multilingual research is particularly welcome. Further information about the Library's collections can be found at the Library's web site)
Maclellan Foundation: The purpose of the Maclellan Foundation is to serve strategic international and national organizations committed to furthering the Kingdom of Christ and select local organizations that foster the spiritual welfare of the community.
Ronald McDonald House Children's Charities: Ronald McDonald House Charities provides comfort and care to children and their families by supporting Ronald McDonald Houses in communities around the world and by making grants to other not-for-profit organizations whose programs help children in need. Lois Konyndyk
Medtronic Foundation: Focus areas: education, health, and community. Priority is given to programs that benefit people who are socio-economically disadvantaged. Provides community grants for programs benefiting Medtronic communities: Minneapolis, MN; Anaheim, CA; Danvers, MA; Parker, CO; Humacao, Puerto Rico; Grand Rapids, MI; Tempe, AZ; Irvine, CA; Milaca, MN; San Diego, CA; Villalba, Puerto Rico Gary Schmidt, David DeHeer, Lois Konyndyk
Andrew Mellon Foundation: Makes grants to institutions in higher education, in cultural affairs and the performing arts, in population, in conservation and the environment, and in public affairs.
Michigan Campus Compact: Michigan Campus Compact promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning, and civic engagement.
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation: The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation affirms its founder's vision that each of us "is in a partnership with the rest of the human race"—that each individual's quality of life is connected to the well-being of the community, both locally and globally. The C.S. Mott Foundation's program areas are Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area, and Pathways Out of Poverty. In addition to these four programs, they also fund Exploratory and Special Projects that may lead to a program area over time, or unexpected opportunities that address significant international and/or national problems.
National Science Foundation: (home pageOpportunities for research and education funding in all areas of science and engineering. David DeHeer, James Turner, Gerard Venema, Joel Adams, Kumar Sinniah, Mike Stob, James Turner, Matt Walhout, Paul Moes
John M. Olin Foundation: the general purpose of the Foundation is to provide support for projects that reflect or are intended to strengthen the economic, political and cultural institutions upon which the American heritage of constitutional government and private enterprise is based. The Foundation also seeks to promote a general understanding of these institutions by encouraging the thoughtful study of the connections between economic and political freedoms, and the cultural heritage that sustains them.
Open Society Institute: OSI's US Programs have three broad aims: to challenge the intrusion of the marketplace into inappropriate areas; to deal with the inequities in distribution of wealth and social benefits that arise from "market fundamentalism;" and to address the adverse unintended consequences of perhaps well-intended policies.
David & Lucile Packard Foundation: The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the following broad program areas: conservation; population; science; children, families, and communities; arts; and organizational effectiveness and philanthropy. The Foundation provides national and international grants, and also has a special focus on the Northern California Counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey.
Pew Charitable Trusts: The Pew Charitable Trusts support nonprofit activities in the areas of culture, education, the environment, health and human services, public policy and religion. Based in Philadelphia, the Trusts make strategic investments that encourage and support citizen participation in addressing critical issues and effecting social change. Susan Felch, Steve Evans, Lois Konyndyk, David Hoekema
Retirement Research Foundation: The Foundation seeks innovative solutions to the challenges facing older Americans. They support programs that: improve services and care for the elderly, seek answers to diseases prevalent in the older population, educate policymakers about the needs and capacities of America’s seniors, attract and train skilled professionals to serve older adults, expand employment and volunteer opportunities for older persons, and identify and address concerns of older Americans.
Rotary Foundation: The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. Evert VanDerHeide
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation:The Foundation's programs and interests fall into the following areas: Science and Technology, Standard of Living and Economic Performance, Education and Careers in Science and Technology and Selected National Issues and Civic Program
SBC Foundation SBC Foundation places primary emphasis on supporting initiatives that enhance education and community vitality through technology.
Smithsonian Institution
Spencer Foundation: The foundation is intended to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world.
Starr Foundation: The Starr Foundation funds programs in a wide range including culture, public policy, human needs, medicine and healthcare, and education.
State of Michigan - Michgian Community Service Commission:

Volunteer Investment Grants: VIG is designed to: empower communities with an ongoing source of funds to create or increase the self-sufficiency of a local volunteer resource center, build the center's coapacity, and increase the number of citizen volunteers involved in community problem-solving. Jeff Bouman

Supreme Court Judicial Fellows Commision: Seeking outstanding individuals from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds who are interested in the adminstration of justice and making a contribution to the judiciary.
Surdna Foundation: The Foundation has four program areas for primary attention: biological diversity and the human communities that depend on it, human systems, transportation and urban/suburban land use, and energy.
Templeton Foundation: Through its programs, the Foundation seeks to encourage the world to catch the vision of the tremendous possibilities for spiritual progress in an open and humble approach to life; encourage institutions of learning to incorporate training towards excellence in character in their efforts to prepare the next generation for service; to encourage growth in appreciating the potential of free societies; and to promote the understanding of the significant responsibilities associated with freedom in its several aspects, moral, spiritual, political and economic. Steve Evans, Howard VanTill, Susan Felch
Towsley Foundation: While the Foundation's initial goals were typical of general family foundations, its mission later became focused on programs promoting education, health care, shelter, and nutrition for children. As its assets grew, its areas of concentration expanded into college and university education, medical education, planned parenthood, and interdisciplinary programs with the schools of law and social work. Lois Konyndyk
US Institute of Peace: The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created and funded by Congress to strengthen the nation's capacity to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict.
Wabash Center: The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion seeks to strengthen and enhance religion & theology education in North American theological schools, colleges and universities through initiating studies, workshops and conferences; supporting the initiatives that enhance teaching; encouraging reflection by faculty members on the special contribution of each discipline within religion & theology; enabling those preparing to become teachers to reflect upon, clarify and strengthen their sense of vocation; helping faculty members and institutions to keep abreast of appropriate technology that will enhance teaching and learning. Kendra Hotz, Matt Mathews


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