Answered By: Gabe Gossett
Last Updated: Apr 04, 2016     Views: 76

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There are a couple of routes you can take with grant research. In part, it can depend on the type of funding you are seeking. For example, if you are seeking funding for a program, then you would look in one place, as opposed to funding for research, which is likely in another place.

The Western Libraries grant resource collection is not very robust at this time. However, there are a few options you could look at. For databases, the main one we have for grants is Grant Forward. The grants in that database are mostly for research funding, though you will find some for programs and other projects as well.

We have books in our collection that help address your question about how to write a proposal. Here is a link to a search for print and ebooks related to grant writing. A small browsing collection of grant writing and fund development titles is located in The Corner (Wilson Library room 265). 

It might be worth looking into options that might be available to you elsewhere, like your local public library. If you are based in Whatcom County you can get access to Foundation Directory Online, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, and Philanthropy Insight. The only catch is that all of those databases are restricted to use at the downtown library location (that is a restriction put into place by the database provider, not the library). Files from both of these resources can be emailed to yourself for subsequent use elsewhere. You can find out more about those resources by clicking here. These databases are considered to be some of the best for grant research.

Finally, it is also worth noting that the federal government provide a grant research tool as well at

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