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Needs Assessment

After the Office of Grants Administration has reviewed your concept and met with you, the Office will move forward with locating different grant opportunities that will provide different options for funding your project. Nonetheless, below is a list of general federal and private grant opportunities that you might like to review at your own time.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

This website provides access to a database of all Federal assistance programs, including grants, available to state and local governments; profit- & non-profit organizations; institutions; specialized groups; and individuals. Updated biweekly.

The Chronicle of Higher Education The Chronicle of Higher Education: Grants & Fellowships

Monitor this page on a weekly basis for new grant competitions, featured awards and related news & resources.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Grant Deadlines

Monitor this page on a weekly basis for grant deadlines drawn from the Chronicle’s extensive listings. 

Federal Grants Wire

Federal Grants Wire is a free resource for federal grants, government grants and loans. It currently offers over 1800 federal grants and loans organized by sponsoring agency, applicant type, subject area and a convenient directory if you are unsure which option is for you.

Federal Register 

Official daily publication of rules and notices, including grants announcements, for federal agencies and organizations. Updates the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. Can also be accessed via The Grantsmanship Centerat www.tgci.com.

Foundation Center (portal)

Provides outstanding: tools, resources, "short course" in grant writing, and links to private foundations. (See also Foundation Directory Online and RFP Bulletin, below)

Foundation Directory Online(available to BCC personnel only)

Contact the Grants Office to search this comprehensive directoryof more than 70,000 foundation grantmakers and over 200,000 grants, with searchable IRS 990 forms for each as well as links to free web resources. This is another awesome resource for BCC faculty and staff.

Foundations On-Line

Excellent site, sponsored by the Northern California Community Foundation,providing links to most major foundations.

Grant Opportunity Subscription Services from Grants.gov

Email notification of government grants opportunities.


GuideStar, the national database of U.S. charitable organizations, provides data including financials, Form 990 and website on more than 850,000 IRS-recognized nonprofits.

IRIS Research

Is an organization that specializes in economic, community and industry research for government, business and academic institutions.

MyNSF (National Science Foundation)

Notification via email or RSS (syndication) about new content posted on the NSF website.

NIH Guide Listserv (National Institutes of Health)

Weekly TOC email with new NIH Guide postings.

Nyquist Foundation Federal Funding Report

New issues of this report on opportunities and resources for two-year colleges will be posted online between the 15th & 17th of each month.

RFP Bulletin (Foundation Center)

Weekly electronic newsletters of recently announced Requests for Proposals from private, corporate, and government funding sources.

SRA Grants Web

The Society for Research Administrators is a GREAT place to start, with hot links to a vast array of funding sources and tools.