Grants and Sponsored Programs

Funding Opportunities


Finding Funding

Sponsors issue Program Announcements, Requests for Applications, and, most commonly, Requests for Proposals (RFP) to advertise funding opportunities and invite proposal submissions. When a prospective funding opportunity is identified, forward a copy of the RFP and a completed Intent form to GSP. This notifies Department Chairs, Deans, the Foundation, and the University that a sponsored project proposal may be forthcoming.
  • Create a profile in InfoEd SPIN GENIUS/SMARTS to receive email notifications of funding opportunities (requires MSU approval, contact GSP for assistance)
  • COS Pivot provides tools for discovering funding opportunities and supporting collaboration in the research development field

Institutional

Federal

Grants.gov is the central portal for federal funding announcements with access to more than 1,000 programs offered by federal grant-making agencies and sub-agencies(click to see the list of agencies)

  • Corporation for National and Community Service is the nation’s largest grant-maker supporting service and volunteering.
  • Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts.
  • Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation’s economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.
  • Department of Defense provides military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States through five major areas: peacekeeping and war-fighting efforts, Homeland Security, evacuation and humanitarian causes.
  • Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in federal education programs.
  • Department of Energy advances national, economic and energy security in the U.S. and promotes scientific and technological innovation.
  • Department of Health and Human Services protects the health of all Americans and provides essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.
  • Department of Homeland Security enhances the ability of states, local, tribal and territorial jurisdictions, and other regional authorities in the preparation, prevention, and response to terrorist attacks and other disasters.
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development increases homeownership, supports community development and increases access to affordable housing free from discrimination.
  • Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation’s natural and cultural heritage including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities.
  • Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.
  • Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities, protecting their retirement and health benefits and generally protecting worker rights and monitoring national economic measures.
  • Department of Transportation ensures fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.
  • Department of Veterans Affairs  provides support and services to Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries.
  • Environmental Protection Agency protects human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums and provides leadership through research, policy development, and grant making and inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.
  • National Archives and Records Administration enables people to inspect the record of what the federal government has done, enables officials and agencies to review their actions and helps citizens hold them accountable.
  • National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts; bringing the arts to all Americans and providing leadership in arts education. The Endowment is the largest national source of funds for the arts.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation and public programs in the humanities.
  • National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created to promote the progress of science, to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare and to secure the national defense.
  • Social Security Administration advances the economic security of the nation’s people through compassionate and vigilant leadership in shaping and managing America’s Social Security programs.

  • The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance provides a full listing of all Federal programs as well as information about a program's authorization, fiscal details, accomplishments, regulations, guidelines, eligibility requirements, contacts, and application and award process.
  • The Federal Register is a daily compilation of federal regulations and legal notices, presidential proclamations and executive orders, documents required to be published, and other federal agency documents of public interest prepared by the National Archives and Records Administration
  • FedBizOpps is the official listing of all federal government contracting opportunities and awards over $25,000
  • Discover what and where the federal government funds at USASpending.Gov
  • State

    Private

    • Montana State University’s comprehensive index of private funder information
    • Humanities Montana provides funding for public conferences, lectures, workshops, and exhibits
    • Walmart Foundation Community Giving
    • The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust seeks to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants and enrichment programs to non-profit organizations that seek to strengthen the region's educational, spiritual, and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.
    • Women’s Foundation of Montana  provides grants to organizations that share its mission to enhance economic self-sufficiency for women and a brighter future for girls.
    • Peruse the Council on Foundations affinity groups and regional associations
    • The Foundation Center is an excellent resource for private foundation grants and its Philanthropy News Digest provides grant and subscription information
    • GuideStar is a national database of nonprofit organizations that allows you to search more than 850,000 nonprofits
    • Fundsnet Services provides information about private funding opportunities, information, and grant-writing resources
    • NOZA provides free access to this database of 990-PF tax returns. Contains publically-available data received from the IRS.
    • The Grants Collection at MSUB’s Library is one of five Montana Cooperating Collections of the Foundation Center, a national service organization established to provide information on foundation and corporate giving. The Library also has access to periodicals including The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Contributions, Education Funding News, Federal Grants and Contract Weekly, the Federal Register, and State of the Arts. Contact Grants Collection Coordinator TyRee Jenks (406) 657-1654 for assistance and additional information.

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