Identifying External Grants

i-XqKJC6L-LExternal grants to support teaching, scholarship, and educational programs are available from government agencies, private foundations, professional organizations, and corporations.

Grant Forward

You can look for private and government funding across all disciplines through the Grant Forward database.

Members of the SPU community may access Grant Forward using any campus computer. No special log-in or password is required. However, if off-campus, you must first be signed onto the SPU network via VPN.

Setting up a personal search profile with the Grant Forward Alert Service allows you to run searches for grants based on key words, geographic focus or areas of interest. Each search produces a list of available grants with links to the calls for proposals. Grant Forward will automatically run your search profile at specified intervals (e.g. monthly) to alert you of upcoming funding opportunities in your areas of interest.  Unlike general searches, you will need to create a username and password to access personal search profiles. Click here for a helpful user guide.


Finding Federal Grants provides information on finding grants around the country.  They will help you identify the right grant for you, as well as providing helpful information about applying for a grant.

Foundation Center
The Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed.

The Grantsmanship Center
The Grantsmanship Center’s goal is to help private and public nonprofits make better communities. Through their website, you will find trainings on receiving grants, information about giving foundations by state, and many other useful grant tools.   Click here to see the top giving foundations in Washington State.

Washington State Charitable Trust Directory
The Charitable Trust Directory provides detailed information about various Washington State trusts and foundations.