Grant funding for your work can come from a variety of local, regional, national, and public, and private sources. Below are some funding search engines and funding opportunity lists that may help you identify new sources of funds.
Resources Provided by the University of Missouri
Pivot Funding Opportunities Database: Pivot provides a comprehensive database of federal and private funding opportunities and an expertise database to help you identify potential collaborators within MU. The website also allows users to set up automated funding alerts based on keywords and areas of interest. Pivot is a subscription service provided free of charge to all faculty and staff by the MU Office of Research.
Foundation Directory: Foundation Directory Online provides a searchable database of 156,000 U.S. foundations. Foundation Directory Online allows users to search by keyword and geography. Foundation Directory Online is a subscription service provided free of charge to all faculty and staff by the MU Advancement Office of Foundation Relations. To access the service, you must be in a campus office (or if off campus, connected via VPN using the *employee profile) and follow the link to the directory from the Office of Research site here.
MU Limited Submissions: In some cases, sponsors limit the number of applications an organization may submit and require the organization to determine which application(s) will be submitted. The MU Office of Sponsored Program Administration manages this process for MU and allows faculty and staff to sign up for email announcements of grant opportunities that have a limited submission requirement.
Fundsnet Services maintains a list of private grant opportunities (e.g., foundations, corporate giving) as a free service to assist nonprofit organizations. At this link, users can browse funding opportunities organized by category.
Philanthropy News Digest publishes foundation requests for proposals (RFPs) and notices of awards from foundations as a free service for U.S.-based grant-making organizations and nonprofits. At this link, users can search open RFPs and sign up for weekly email alerts.
MoCAP, a program of the Missouri Foundation for Health, offers technical support and consulting services free of charge to eligible organizations pursuing federal or national funding for health- or prevention-focused programs. Although MU faculty and staff are not eligible for MoCAP services, MU faculty and staff can still join MoCAP’s mailing list to receive a monthly email of federal and private funding opportunities in health. A monthly digest can also be viewed here.
Grant Station Insider is a free weekly list that highlights a handful of national, regional, and federal grant opportunities in a wide variety of funding areas (e.g., health, youth development, conservation, etc.). Users can sign up for a weekly email or view the current edition of Grant Station Insider.
There are also sources of funds that exist at the community level. Look around your community for the following types of organizations that may provide grant or philanthropic funds:
Local companies (e.g., Dollar General, Aldi, Wal-Mart, local banks)
United Ways (e.g., United Way of Southeast Missouri)
Service Clubs (e.g., Lions, Rotary, women’s clubs such as Impact 100 Ozark and Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund)
Fraternal Associations (e.g., Elks, Shriners)
Junior Leagues (e.g., Junior League of Springfield, MO; Junior League of Kansas City)
Deal or No Deal?
A critical part of successful grant seeking is making sure you pursue only those grant opportunities that are a tight fit with your project, personnel, and timing. The “Deal or No Deal” handout is a tool you can use to consider the key questions that will determine whether a particular grant opportunity is worth pursuing or not.