External Funding Search Tools

A guide to the preparation, review, approval, and submission of proposals for external funding.



GrantForward is a search engine dedicated to helping institutions and individuals find grants to fund their research.

●         GrantForward covers more than 12,000 sponsor sources to provide a comprehensive database of more than 40,000 funding opportunities that continues to grow with the most up to date information.

●         Its powerful search system helps to lessen the hassle of searching for grants with adaptable search filters and specialized search features.

●         Researcher profiles allow researchers to highlight their research achievements and interests to receive personalized grant recommendations for grant opportunities that match their research needs.

●         In order to be able to take advantage of all of the features that GrantForward offers, you will have to create your account (see this QuickTip demo) using your Elon email address.

●         If you would like to benefit from receiving grant recommendations, then you will also need to make sure to create your researcher profile (see this QuickTip demo).

Useful Resources:

●         GrantForward Researcher Welcome Guide

●         Visit GrantForward YouTube Channel for all instruction videos.

●         Visit GrantForward Support page for the complete list of resources.

Foundation Search


FoundationSearch provides North America’s leading source of funding information for non-profits and charities. Their online resource includes more than 120,000 foundations, representing billions of dollars in annual granting, and includes tools to locate grants by type, value, year, recipient, donor and historical giving trends, and much more. Along with BIG Online, FoundationSearch is a key resource for the non-profit sector, and an integral part of Metasoft’s mission to help non-profits efficiently identify, attract, and manage the relationships and resources vital to the fulfillment of their philanthropic missions.

If you are interested in accessing the Foundation Search database, please contact Jenny Chapman, Assistant Director, Office of Sponsored Programs at jchapman7@elon.edu or Brian Feeley, Assistant Vice President for University Advancement at bfeeley@elon.edu.



Exhibitions, grants, news, and publication resources for artists of all disciplines.

Office of State Budget and Management


OSBM maintains the Grants Management System to assist state funding agencies in managing State financial assistance in accordance with G.S. 143C-6-23 and 09 NCAC 03M. These statutes and administrative rules cover the disbursement and use of state funds to non-state entities, including federal funds that flow through the state treasury. The Grants System serves as a central repository of state grant-funded assistance programs and awards. State funding agencies are required to register state assistance programs and awards with OSBM.

Duke University Funding Opportunities


Searchable resource provided by Duke’s Office of Research Support and Office of Research Administration; includes information on funding sources for research and other scholarly projects.



Search and apply for federal grants available across the federal government. Subscribe to automated e-mail alerts related to your interests.



A searchable, continuously updated, database of funding opportunities in biomedical research and undergraduate science education sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Humanities and Social Sciences (H-Net) Funding Announcements


H-Net creates and coordinates Internet networks for research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Michigan State University Libraries


Grants and related resources organized by disciplines.

Philanthropy News Digest (PND)


A daily news service of the Foundation Center is a compendium, in digest form, of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide, via the PND e-newsletter or PND RSS Feeds.

Texas A&M University Office of Proposal Development


TAMU OPD maintains a comprehensive list of funding opportunities available by category, publishes a monthly e-research newsletter, and offers RSS Feeds for discipline-specific funding opportunities.