Grant Resources

Below are resources for the Regional Campuses faculty and staff.  One of our goals is to increase our grant submissions and grant awards. 

I would like to thank Theresa Ford, from the Stark Campus for helping compile this information.

Here is a very good resource "Writing Successful Grant Proposals", by Ellen W. Gorsevski.

Kent State University has the following internal resources for our use:

  • Searchable Grant Databases
    • Pivot, which includes government and foundation grants with upcoming deadlines; first step is to create your COS Pivot account;
    • The Foundation Directory Online, access is via Kent State Libraries, then select Research Tools, click on "Databases", under "F", "Foundation Directory Online"

IMPORTANT:  As soon as you identify a grant that you would like to pursue, please contact the Research Sponsored Programs Office; Diana Skok, Assistant Director (330-672-0700) or if it the funding agency is a "foundation" or "company" contact Benjamin Tipton, Director of Foundation Relations, (330-672-0416).  These initial contacts are VERY important first steps!

Kent State University Grant Opportunities

External Resources

Grant Databases

  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)

CFDA provides a full listing of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.


  • GRANTS.GOV is the source to find and apply for federal grants. There are more than 900 grant programs offered by 26 federal grant-making agencies that annually award more than $400 billion in grants.


  • Ohio HigherEd Grants

Lists Requests for Proposals (RFP)  that are administered by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and are in process/active.



Grant Listservs/Email Alerts

  • Philanthropy News Digest (PND) RFP Alerts - on right side of screen, click on “get RFP alerts”


  • Research Opportunities Compiled by Ohio Supercomputer Center

Email: to request to be added to the email distribution list


  • CLASP Listserv – listserv for liberal arts colleges – advice on a range of grant questions

Email Franci Farnsworth,, Middlebury College to request to be included on the list


Grant Writing Courses/Workshops


  • OH EPA Grant Writing Workshops - search “grant writing workshops” – offered irregularly


  • Grants for the Arts Seminar Hosted by the Office of Senator Sherrod Brown – offered irregularly


  • Foundation Center / GRANTSPACE Introduction to Proposal Writing Webinar



Grant Proposal Writing References


  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
    • How to Prepare and Submit an Application


  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

A few hints for writing a successful grant application:

    • Elizabeth’s Proposal Preparation Strategies and Tips
    • Writing the application (Fellowship and Stipends): points to ponder
    • “How to Get a Grant from NEH,” by Meredith Hindley, Humanities, July/August 2008, Volume 29, Number 4


  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    • NIH: Write your Application

    • Grant Writing Tips Sheets


  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
    • Writing an NSF Grant Proposal: A First-Timer’s Perspective, by Philip Guo, February 2014

    • NSF: Preparing Proposals


  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    • EPA Grants 101 Tutorial



The following list provides a selection of grant writing guides with links to summaries and reviews, available formats, and availability through Kent libraries.

Grant Seeking in Higher Education: Strategies and Tools for College Faculty

Mary Licklider and the University of Missouri Grant Writers Network

Jossey-Bass, 2012

336 pages

paperback and E-book, available through OhioLINK

Education Book Reviews YouTube summary and review 


The Research Funding Toolkit: How to Plan and Write Successful Grant Applications

Jacqueline Aldridge and Andrew M. Derrington

SAGE Publications LTD, 2012

224 pages

paperback, E-book, hardcover, available through OhioLINK

SAGE Summary and reviews and Blog post by author Derrington on the assert-justify style

 How Professors Think: Inside the Curious World of Academic Judgment

Michèle Lamont

Harvard University Press, 2010

336 pages

Paperback, available through KentLINK

Goodreads synopsis and reviews


Storytelling for Grantseekers: A Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising

Cheryl A. Clarke

Jossey-Bass, 2nd edition, 2009

216 pages

paperback and E-book, available through KentLINK

Goodreads synopsis and reviews


Getting Funded:  The Complete Guide to Writing Grant Proposals

Susan Howlett

Word & Raby Publishing, 5th edition, 2011

256 pages

paperback, available through OhioLINK


Reconnecting Education and Foundations: Turning Good Intentions into Educational Capital

Ray Bacchetti and Thomas Ehrlich

528 pages

hardcover, available through KentLINK

Jossey-Bass, 2006

Book review by William A. Bryan in Project Muse, The Johns Hopkins University Press