Resources is the main source to find and apply for federal government grants.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

The Catalog, compiled and maintained by the General Services Administration (GSA), profiles all federal grant programs and lists specific contacts for obtaining additional information and application forms. It also includes a helpful section on writing grant applications.

Federal Business Opportunities

Federal Business Opportunities is a popular source of active federal opportunities, including funding announcements and amendments to existing RFA's.

Foundation Center

An excellent source of information on private foundations, corporate grantmakers, grantmaking public charities, and community foundations. The Foundation Center provides:

  • 1,700 annotated links to grantmaker Web sites
  • searches for a private foundation's tax return (form 990-PF)
  • address and basic information for more than 61,000 private and community foundations in the U.S.

Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts

AGM is the regional association of grantmakers and the premier organization in New England supporting nonprofits engaged in corporate and foundation fundraising. AGM provides a library that includes all major Foundation Center publications, copies of foundation guidelines, annual reports, newsletters, periodicals on philanthropy, and tax information.

COS - Community of Science

Despite its name, COS includes information about sponsors in all disciplines. COS provides information on federal, non- federal, and international opportunities.


ProposalCENTRAL is an e-grantmaking website shared by many government, non-profit, and private grant-making organizations. It lists hundreds of funding opportunities from many non-federal sponsors.

SPIN - Sponsored Programs Information Network

Provides detailed and timely information about thousands of federal, non-federal, and international funding opportunities. This user-friendly database allows searches to be initiated through general keywords (Quick search) or specific criteria categories (Advanced search). SPIN is available to anyone with a Harvard IP address.


A subsystem of SPIN, SMARTS/GENIUS notifies the registered participant of new funding opportunities via e-mail.