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Writing Successful Grants KnowledgeBase

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The Writing Successful Grants KnowledgeBase is an online resource aiding education professionals in their pursuit of public and private grants to support local programs. Its five elements contain information and resources that assist the grant seeker with developing their project, writing the grant proposal and managing the grant upon its award.

Task 3: Identify Grant Sources

Guideline: After establishing the project priorities the project team should identify grant sources funding similar program initiatives. When searching for grant sources the grant seeker should be aware of the federal agencies with an interest in promoting educational programs. Depending the project focus, it may be beneficial to look beyond the U.S. Department of Education or other education categories.


Tools offers a searchable database of available government benefit programs. The U.S. Department of Labor is the managing federal agency for this e-gov initiative from the U.S. federal government.

Education on the Web - Grants

This Education on the Web category on Grants includes databases on community foundations, corporate grantmakers, and private foundations.

Federal Funding Sources - Rural Information Center

This database in cooperation with the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance provides information on federal programs devoted to rural areas. allows organizations to find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all federal grant-making agencies. is the single access point for programs offered by federal grant-making agencies. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the managing agency for this e-gov initiative from the U.S. government.

Philanthropy Organizations - Grant Making Organizations

This link is to a Yahoo search directory offering grant making organizations organized by subject category.

The Foundation Directory Online

The Foundation Center offers a subscription based searchable database of foundations and their giving interests. With four possible subscription levels, organizations frequently seeking foundation grants would find the investment worthwhile.



Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

This link to the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) provides a listing of all federal programs available to state and local governments, 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.

Funding Forecast - U.S. Department of Education Discretionary Grants

This U.S. Department of Education document lists "programs and competitions under which the Department has invited or expects to invite applications for new awards and provides actual or estimated deadline dates for the transmittal of applications under these programs."

Grant-Making at ED

This booklet provides a non-technical summary of the U.S. Department of Education's discretionary grants process and the laws and regulations that govern it.

This link to the website provides a list of grants available to schools organized by category, including grants from the federal and state levels.