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Resources For Grant Seekers

  • Project Initiation Form

The Project Initiation Form provides the Foundation Relations team with a basic understanding of your work. It gets you thinking in terms of foundation funding rather than federal (i.e., NSF). Using creative keywords and approaches (i.e., graphic design archives as American Art) helps our research team find more potential funders.

  • Foundation Relations Introduction Course

The Office of Foundation Relations offers a one-hour presentation through the Center for Professional Development (CPD) that includes an overview of our role in fundraising for RIT and an introduction to the Foundation Directory Online. You may also schedule a special session for your college or department by contacting Sara Vinch.


  • Researching Foundations and Their Funding Interests

The Foundation Directory Online is a comprehensive database of 140,000 grantmakers nationwide. Accessible to RIT faculty and staff 24/7, it enables you to identify the most probable funders to meet your specific need. Search by field of interest, geographic location, scale of grant, type of funding needed, and more. The directory provides a concise profile of each foundation, including their funding priorities and grant making history.


We encourage faculty and staff to use this remarkable resource often and then contact Foundation Relations before contacting any foundation. We are also available to do training sessions for you or your work group.


Candid maintains the most comprehensive information about all types of foundations in the US. It maintains a useful and up-to-date site with many helpful links. It includes information from its directories, news, and an online library.


  • Proposal Writing Resources


  • Publications

Four industry publications are valuable sources for information on foundation funding. Visit each of these below:


Timely, clear articles and interviews regarding foundation funding. Also offers contact information for the “gatekeepers” of major foundations. Funding organized by type makes searching easy (arts, higher ed, health, science). Limited number of free articles.


"The newspaper of the nonprofit world". Some portions of the web site available only to subscribers.


The major news service in the United States academic world. Presents news and information for college and university faculty members and administration.


Philanthropy News Digest (PND) is a daily news service of the Foundation Center, providing philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide.