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Grant Writing at Eastern University!: Prospect Research

A resources to help students, staff & faculty in their grant writing endeavors

Things to Consider When Searching & Applying for Grants

  • Geographic Focus: For example, national foundations are more interested in funding new, innovative, “groundbreaking” national models of programs. Many smaller foundations may not accept unsolicited proposals, or have a very specific geographic area.
  • Project Focus: Consider who/what your focus is. Students? The environment? Minorities? Research? Access to education? Etc.
  • Funder’s Area of Interest
  • Average Size of Gifts: Request funding within the funder’s given range. Don’t ask a foundation who typically gives $10,000 for $150,000 AND vice versa.
  • Consider Religious Affiliations: Will a funder fund Christian projects and institutions?
  • Solicited vs. Unsolicited Applications: Only apply for funding when a foundation is willing to accept applications (during open enrollment).
  • Note the deadline and budget your time! 
  • You may contact the Advancement Office to further define concepts and search criteria (see side box for contact information).

Below is a Detailed List of Resources That are Available For You to Use in Order to Find Potential Grants Within Your Field:

  • Begin your search at Warner Library. For example, ask for the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
  • Couple your library search with online database searches

Contact Information

Contact Info:

Advancement Office of Eastern University
1300 Eagle Rd.
Ott Hall
St. Davids, PA 19087


Ingrid Cooper
Title V Project Director/Director of Foundations, Grants, and Government Relations