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Grant Resources & Grant Writing

A guide to researching grants and sources of funding

Getting Started

Welcome to the Grant Resources & Grant Writing research guide! This guide provides links to resources for finding federal, state and local grants and other funding opportunities as well as resources for writing grant proposals.

Grants 101 An overview of federal grants from Grants.gov.

Grant Terminology A to Z  A glossary of grant terms from Grants.gov.

Grant Lifecycle

Grant Lifecycle Timeline

The grant process follows a linear lifecycle that includes creating the funding opportunity, applying, making award decisions, and successfully implementing the award. The specific actions along the lifecycle are grouped into three main phases. Each of the three phases has its own page that provides a more detailed look at the process:

  1. Pre-Award Phase - Funding Opportunities and Application Review
  2. Award Phase - Award Decisions and Notifications
  3. Post Award - Implementation, Reporting, and Closeout

Source: Grants.gov

Grant Reporting & Oversight

Understanding the Reporting and Oversight Process Information from Grants.gov on making sense of the grants reporting process.

USASpending.gov The law requires that information about entities and organizations receiving federal funds be disclosed to the public via this central website. Required information currently includes the entity's name, amount of the grant, funding agency, and location – among other requirements – and is published by the grant-making agency on USASpending.gov.