Grant Writing Aids

The following links provide suggestions and techniques to allow you to create a more effective grant proposal.

NSF - Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide - Effective January 18, 2011

Proposal Writing Short Course
The Foundation Center has summarized the steps to writing your proposal.

Hints to grant-writers seeking funds from foundations
Valuable suggestions and links from JC Downing.

"The Original How to Write a Research Grant Application" National Institutes of Health, March 1999.  File in PDF format.    

Proposal Writing: The Business of Science
This guide, provided by the Whitaker Foundation, discusses how to obtain a National Institutes of Health grant, including a look at the NIH review system.

Grant writing Resources
Additional links for proposal writing assistance.



Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance -- The online Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance gives you access to a database 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.

Census Bureau Statistics -- Immediate access to a subject index, timely U.S. population, and the latest economic indicator. Improved navigation tools will make it easier for browsers to move among the Census Bureau's collection of 65,000 online statistical documents.

Community of Science -- A collaborative network of scientists and their institutions. Our goal is simple—to accelerate science and promote the visibility and funding of scientific research.

Company Annual Reports Online -- Find basic financial information or full annual reports on companies around the world and often with links to a company's homepage.

Council on Foundations -- Works to support foundations by promoting knowledge, growth and action in philanthropy. See what role foundations play in your community, how to start your own foundation and what the Council does to support foundations.

ERIC -The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a national information system designed to provide users with ready access to an extensive body of education-related literature.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) -- Hundreds of education resources supported by agencies across the U.S. Federal government are now easier to find. Subjects include: Arts; Educational technology; Foreign languages; Health and Safety;  Language arts; Mathematics; Physical education; Science  Social studies; Vocational education.

Foundation Center -- foster public understanding of the foundation field by collecting, organizing, analyzing, and disseminating information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects. Our audiences include grant seekers, grant makers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public.

Fundsnet Grant writing Resources -- Contains Applications and Forms; Consultants, Grant writing Services and Software; Fundraising resources; Grants/Proposal Writing; Informational Web Sites and Resources;  and how to form a Nonprofit organization.

FundsNet -- A privately owned Web site  to assist nonprofit organizations, college and universities and grant writers find financial resources on the Internet.  Membership section includes over 1,500 addresses to access information about grant writing, grant seeking, grant makers, and other grant related resources.

Guide to Grammar and Writing on the Web -- A great variety of resources to aid in the writing process.

Internet Nonprofit Center -- Offers information for and about nonprofit organizations in the United States. The Locator assists with clarifying the legal name and exact location of any nonprofit registered with the Internal Revenue Service  The Nonprofit FAQ ("Frequently Asked Questions") presents information on a wide range of topics of interest to leaders and managers of nonprofit organizations  The Library offers longer essays and analysis of the nonprofit sector from a variety of points of view.

Michigan State Grants Page -- A collection of reference guides to the resources available in the Michigan State University Libraries.

NCES -- National Center for Education Statistics -- The purpose of the National Center for Education Statistics' web site is to provide clear, complete information about the NCES mission and activities, and to serve the research and education community, as well as other interested communities.

News Link -- Find newspapers from all over the world (more and more small regional papers are on the web, many not covered by traditional on-line sources, but often only in the original language).

Nonprofit & Foundation Finder -- Here's the place to find out if your organization is exempt from federal taxation and how much of your contributions to them are tax deductible. This is an electronic version of the Publication 78 'Cumulative List of Organizations.'

NSF Data on the Internet -- Find useful statistical data from NSF's Division of Science Resources Studies, responsible for collecting and publishing statistics on topics surveyed annually.

Statistics - Need some statistics for your report? Not sure where to begin? There are many sites on the Internet that can help you find statistics. One good starting point is Library Spot ( Under the Reference Desk section of this site, you'll find a link for statistics that will bring you to another page linking you with 9 sites for finding the stats that you might need.

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