The Grant Management Handbook: Federal & Private Higher Education Grants 2014 includes a large collection of federal and private funders which we think will help you accomplish what one veteran grantwriter calls her role as a “Dream Maker.”
But times are tough for the Dream Makers. Federal funding for many programs is drying up or has disappeared completely. And, there is a constant turnover of giving in the private philanthropic sector, with many family and independent foundations changing their focus or just shutting down operations.
Grant seeking is not for the faint-hearted. That is why it’s best to invest some time in trying to diversify your private funding stream. Just because one major funder drops out doesn’t mean there will not be dozens out there just waiting to fulfill your requests. Remember, there are roughly 70,000 grant-making organizations that dispense about $450 billion in grants.
The federal and private funding opportunities listed here cover a wide range, but they don’t necessarily encompass the entire universe of grantmaking. This report is meant as a good starting point for the clever grant writer or administrator who doesn’t want to spend long weekend nights hunting through lists of Internet URLs for just the right funding opportunity. This representative sampling provides a jumping-off point which could save hours—and untold grief—in preparation.
The directory is broken into two parts—Higher Ed Federal Funding and Higher Ed Private Funding. Both sections provide a wide collection of active federal and private funders. The objective of this report is to help you identify the funders, both public and private, most likely to support your organization.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to be Detective Columbo to find a grant or Shakespeare to write a successful proposal. But you do need to get started, and we hope this book will provide you with a first step in your hunt for grant funding.