Faculty who are interested in obtaining grant funds for a program or project should first read and then follow the Grant Approval Process.
What, exactly, does it take to find, win, and manage grant funds?
Contact and Cultivation
Letters of Inquiry and Proposals
Featured Grant Opportunities
NEH Common Heritage Grants—These grants support day-long events organized by community cultural institutions, which members of the public will be invited to attend. At these events experienced staff will digitize the community historical materials brought in by the public. Project staff also will record descriptive information—provided by community attendees—about the historical materials. Contributors will be given a free digital copy of their items to take home, along with the original materials. With the owner’s permission, digital copies of these materials would be included in the institutions’ collections. Historical photographs, artifacts, documents, family letters, art works, and audiovisual recordings are among the many items eligible for digitization and public commemoration. Projects must also present public programming that would expand knowledge of the community’s history. Public programs could include lectures, panels, reading and discussion, special gallery tours, screening and discussion of relevant films, presentations by a historian, special initiatives for families and children, or comments by curators about items brought in by the public.
DEADLINE: JUNE 25, 2015
Fish and Wildlife Service Wetland Restoration Grants—support public-private partnerships carrying out projects that involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats.
DEADLINE: JULY 7, 2015
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works Grants—supports projects that:
- are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, whether in the development or enhancement of new or existing art forms, new approaches to the creation or presentation of art, or new ways of engaging the public with art;
- are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions; and
- have the potential to be shared and/or emulated, or are likely to lead to other advances in the field.
The NEA wants to achieve the following four objectives through the Art Works category:
- Creation: The creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence,
- Engagement: Public engagement with diverse and excellent art,
- Learning: Lifelong learning in the arts, and
- Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts.
Folk & Traditional Arts
Local Arts Agencies
Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
Theater & Musical Theater
DEADLINE: JULY 23, 2015
Howard Hughes Medical Institute: 2016 Faculty Scholars Competition—This is a new national program designed to support outstanding early-career scientists.
DEADLINE: JULY 28, 2015
NSF Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)—Supports research by faculty members that engages them in their professional field(s), builds capacity for research at their home institution, and supports the integration of research and undergraduate education. RUI proposals are evaluated and funded by NSF programs in the disciplinary areas* of the proposed research and are funded at their discretion. Prospective PIs should contact disciplinary program officers to identify specific NSF programs and to determine the feasibility and timing of requests.
* Biological Sciences; Computer & Information Science and Engineering; Education & Human Resources; Geosciences; Mathematical & Physical Sciences; Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences
NSF Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities—Supports meritorious proposals for infrastructure that promotes research and education in the areas cucrently supported by the Division of Earth Sciences. The four major funding areas are:
1) Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment;
2) Development of New Instrumentation, Techniques, or Software;
3) Support of National or Regional Multi-User Facilities; and
4) Support for Early Career Investigators.
Search for Other Grant Opportunities
www.grants.gov (searchable database of all federal grant opportunities)
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/azindex.jsp (A-Z index of NSF grants)
http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html (U.S. Department of Education grants)
http://www.studyabroadfunding.org/ (study abroad funding)
The following links contain helpful resources on proposal writing:
Logic Model and Evaluation Tools
Specific Government Agency Links
Washington College Approved Indirect Cost Rates: 43% (On Campus) / 20% (Off Campus)
Department of Education
Department of State—Fulbright programs, USIA
Department of Labor
Department of Energy
Department of Commerce
Department of Defense
Environmental Protection Agency
Fish & Wildlife
Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Fastlane—Web-based electronic submissions