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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
Advancement Office of Eastern University
1300 Eagle Rd.
St. Davids, PA 19087
Title V Project Director/Director of Foundations, Grants, and Government Relations