Finding Grant Opportunities

“A funding database search is an intellectual exercise, not a mechanical process” (Shore & Carfora. 2011. The Art of Funding and Implementing Ideas: A Guide to Proposal Development and Project Management. page 27).

Paid Database Services

Free Search Engines & Databases

For help with Boolean search terms, see Dear Librarian.

  • Duke University database of funding opportunities.
  • Science Magazine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science AAAS maintain a database of funding opportunities in the sciences.
  • H-Net maintains a database of funding opportunities in the humanities and social sciences that can be searched by keyword. Access is free but users are asked to make a donation.
  • is a clearinghouse for federal funding opportunities. The site provides search engine. However, since the database contains virtually every source of federal money, it hard to narrow results to the most relevant. Users are urged to review the instructions before trying to search this database.

Email Newsletters & Listservs

While most of these email newsletters will not generate more than one message per week, it is a good idea to set your email client to direct such bulk messages to a folder so that they do not clog your inbox.
  • GrantsNet Express offers a weekly e-mail alert about "science funding opportunities from government agencies, private foundations, and not-for-profit organizations." Off-campus users may have to enter their Trinity ID in order to access the site.
  • H-Net provides an email newsletter of funding opportunities in the social sciences and humanities. Subscription to the email newsletters is free. However, users are asked to make a donation.
  • The Foundation Center sends out a weekly RFP Bulletin to subscribers. This email bulletin is "a roundup of recently announced Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from private, corporate, and government funding sources." Specific email summaries are available for funding in Arts, Education and Health.
  • The Arts Deadlines List contains announcements about art contests and competitions, art jobs and internships, art scholarships and grants and fellowships, art festivals, call for entries/proposals/projects, and other opportunities. There is a free and "premium" version of the newsletter.

Newsfeeds & Syndicated Content

Look for an orange "RSS" button on an agency's website to add their newsfeed to your favorite aggregator software. This will allow you to view updates from that organization.

Useful Websites - General

Useful Websites - By Discipline