Funding Sources

This page contains links to helpful resources for identifying funding opportunities.  

Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN) 

SPIN is a web-interfaced search engine that provides funding information from various sources, including federal government agencies and private grant-making organizations. The Funding Alerts option provides email alerts of new funding opportunities that meet criteria you specify. Click here to view instructions on creating a profile and a video on using SPIN.  

Federal Funding Sources 

Federal agencies and departments play an important role in the grant-making realm. Each federal department and agency have web sites. These sites include helpful information about grant guidelines, deadlines, and past awards. Additionally, they often have the forms you need for submitting your proposal.

State of Kentucky Funding 

Unfortunately, there is no single source of information on state funding. The best way to ensure your access to state funding is to make contacts with funding agencies within Kentucky's state government. This link will take you to the state government's main page. Clicking on the KY Agencies link at the top of the page will take you to a list of the various agencies, some of which provide grant funding.

Private Funding 

Private sources of funding have become an increasingly significant part of today's grant-giving climate. Currently, there are approximately 40,000 grant-giving foundations in the United States. With more funding coming from private sources than ever before and the large amount of dollars available, grant-seekers should become more familiar with the unique process of working with foundations. The University Development Office subscribes to databases of private funding sources, and you may contact that office for assistance with searching for private funding. Before applying to any private funding source, please contact the Development Office and/or Sponsored Programs.

The Grantsmanship Center Index of Funding Sources 

The Grantsmanship Center provides lists of top grantmaking foundations, corporating giving programs, and community foundations by state as well as links to federal funding information.

Electronic Funding Alert Services 

Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN) SMARTS Alerts: SPIN is a web-interfaced search engine that provides funding information from various sources, including federal government agencies and private grant-making organizations. The Funding Alerts option provides email alerts of new funding opportunities that meet criteria you specify. Click here to view instructions on creating a profile and a video on using SPIN.  

National Science Foundation Update: The National Science Foundation Update allows users to register to receive email notifications of various announcements from NSF, including alerts of new funding opportunities. To subscribe, go to https://service.govdelivery.com/service/multi_subscribe.html?code=USNSF&custom_id=823 and enter your email address and subscription preferences.

National Institutes of Health Listserv: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guide announcements are published daily and transmitted to listserv subscribers at the end of each week. To subscribe, go to http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/listserv.htm and follow the instructions for subscribing.

The Foundation Center’s Philanthropy News Digest and RFP Bulletin: Philanthropy News Digest and RFP bulletin are electronic newsletters delivered weekly that provides updates in the private funding world and announcements of funding opportunities from private sponsors. To subscribe, go to http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/, enter your email address under Subscribe, and click “Add me.”

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