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Virtual Reference Desk: Grants


  • The Fulbright Program: Provides information about the Fulbright Program, an international educational exchange program sponsored by the United States government designed to increase mutual understanding among the people of the United States and those other countries.
  • Office of Sponsored Program and Research (OSPR): Provides help to CSU faculty and staff in finding funding for their research and writing grant proposals.
    • Finding Funding: Includes links to information on how to find funding through online searches and internal and external award programs. Provides links to federal, state, private, and CSU funding sources.

Cleveland / Cuyahoga / Ohio


  • Candid (Foundation Center and GuideStar): A nonprofit organization, the Foundation maintains comprehensive databases on grantmakers and their grants; issues a wide variety of print, electronic, and online information resources; conducts and publishes research on trends in foundation growth, giving, and practice; and offers education and training programs online. The Cleveland Public Library and Cuyahoga County Library have on-site access to the Foundation’s Online Directory and Foundation Grants to Individuals.
    • Candid Learning: Provides tools and resources to help nonprofits secure funding and operate effective organizations. Includes nonprofit startup resources by state and other tools.
  • Fundsnet Services Online: Provides resources information about grants, fundraising, philanthropy, foundations and 501(c)(3) non-profits organizations to those in need of funding and research for their their philanthropic efforts and missions.
  • The Grantsmanship Center: A training and resources organization for nonprofit, academic and government agencies, the Center's training programs and publications cover grant proposal writing, grants management, applying for federal grants, social enterprise for nonprofits, and writing proposals for research funding. Its website includes a variety of free resources for grantseekers, including a portal to the Federal register and current grants announcements.
    • Funding State by State: An interactive map of top grant making foundations, community foundations, corporate giving programs and state website homepages.

Federal: Comprehensive

  • Official U.S. government site for grant applicants to electronically interact with federal grant-making agencies to find and apply for discretionary funding opportunities.
  • Assistance Listings: Assistance listings are detailed public descriptions of federal programs that provide grants, loans, scholarships, insurance, and other types of assistance awards. You may browse assistance listings across all government agencies to learn about potential funding sources.
  • Grants and Loans: Includes information on government grants and loans for individuals, federal student financial aid, government grants and loans for states and organizations, and help with home repairs and modifications.

Federal: Departments

  • Find Grants: U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Health and Human Services Grants (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services) : HHS is the largest grant-making agency in the US. Most HHS grants are provided directly to states, territories, tribes, and educational and community organizations, then given to people and organizations who are eligible to receive funding. On this site you will find information for prospective and current grantees about HHS grant programs, the grant application processes, and grant management.
  • National Endowment for the Arts: An independent agency of the United States federal government that offers support and funding for projects exhibiting artistic excellence. The website includes guidelines and application forms.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities: An independent agency of the United States federal government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. The website includes listings of grants but also a tool to match projects to available grants.
  • National Science Foundation: A United States government agency that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering. The website includes search tools and an A-Z index of funding opportunities.