Grant Opportunities & Databases

The key to locating a funding opportunity is to match your program or project with the mission, goals, and priorities of a government agency or foundation that awards grants.

You can search for grant announcements and information on funding sources in these places:


Announcements and requests for proposals (RFPs) with upcoming deadlines are found the Grants Newsletter


Search for grants by keywords, date parameters, funding agency or other criteria.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) (public access)
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.
COS Pivot
(Kent State subscription)
COS Pivot is a searchable funding opportunities database that contains over 26,000 records representing over $33 billion in funding. Individuals can create, refine and save searches in their COS Pivot account, and request weekly email funding alerts based on their saved searches.

To create your COS Pivot account:

  • Go to
  • In the upper right corner, click the “Sign Up” link. 
  • A form will appear requesting your name, Kent State email address and a password.
  • Fill in the form and click the “Create my account" button.

Foundation Center, Foundation Directory Online 
(Kent State subscription)
The Foundation Directory Online provides information on grant-making foundations and organizations and their grants. The directory includes nearly 100,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grant-making public charities in the United States; information on more than 1.9 million recently awarded grants; and a keyword-searchable database of nearly 650,000 recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF.
To access the Foundation Directory Online:

  • ​Go to Kent State University Libraries website
  • Research Tools > click on Databases   
  • Alphabetical List of Databases > click on the F tab
  • Scroll down > click Foundation Directory Online

Federal Grants
, (public access) 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. provides a unified electronic storefront for interactions between grant applicants and the federal agencies that provide and manage grant funds. provides:

  • A single source for finding federal grant opportunities.
  • A standardized manner of locating and learning more about federal funding opportunities.
  • A unified interface for all agencies to announce their grant opportunities.
  • An online source for applying for federal grants.

Ohio HigherEd, University System of Ohio, Grant Resources & RFPs
(public access) 
Ohio HigherEd Grants provides a daily list of federal and state grant opportunities that is updated by the Ohio Supercomputer Center.


A list of foundations that provide grants on a continuous or nearly continuous basis to universities or faculty or staff of higher education institutions.
Advancement, Kent State University 

James S. McDonnell Foundation - 21st Century Science Initiative Funding Opportunities

The James S. McDonnell Foundation supports research and scholarship via review of proposals submitted in response to foundation-initiated programs and calls for proposals. JSMF currently provides funding for grants in three program areas:  studying complex systems, understanding human cognition, and mathematical and complex systems approaches to brain cancer. Strong preference will be given to applications involving multi-institutional collaboration.

National Geographic Foundation Explorers

Since 1888, National Geographic has supported exploration and discovery, bringing gems like Machu Picchu, undersea wonders, and new species to light. Our programs in field-based research, conservation, exploration, and education continue to provide the world with scientific breakthroughs and discoveries that inspire people everywhere to care about our planet. Today, a new generation of National Geographic explorers are redefining exploration.

RGK Foundation

The RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of education, community, and health and health/medicine. The Foundation's primary interests within education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education. Within community, the foundation supports a broad range of human services, community improvement, abuse prevention, and youth development programs. The foundation’s current interests in the area of health/medicine include programs that promote the health and well-being of children, programs that promote access to health services, and Foundation-initiated programs focusing on ALS. 

  • Grant Amount: Average grant size is $25,000
  • Deadline: Letter of Inquiry accepted anytime
  • RGK Guidelines

Toyota U.S.A. Foundation Grants

The Toyota USA Foundation is committed to enhancing the quality of K‐12 education by supporting innovative programs and building partnerships with organizations dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, science and environmental science.