• Funding Searches

    Finding the right funding source is a matter of matchmaking. Each funder has goals and aspirations for what their dollars might accomplish. Your job is to find funding opportunities with similar goals. Sponsors typically provide funding to achieve specific objectives such as:

    • To solve a social problem,

    • To discover new knowledge through research studies,

    • To translate knowledge to improve practice, or

    • To provide services to benefit a population in need.

    In addition, funders and sponsors have geographical considerations (some fund in Minnesota, some do not), institutional considerations (some fund higher ed or private liberal arts colleges, some do not), and many other limitations (such as size of award, target audience, and more). Please read guidelines thoroughly to determine whether a potential funding source is a good match for your project and for Hamline!

    Funding Search Resources 


    Grants.gov is the federal governments’ single site for grants with opportunities from all 26 federal grant-making agencies. Grants.gov does not require creation of a login to conduct general searches. You may search by keyword(s), subject matter category or funding agency. You can also conduct more advanced searches using multiple filter criteria. Grants.gov also offers other services such as: the ability to download application packages, funding email alerts, RSS feeds, and online support in conducting searches and utilizing grant application tools. If you find a source of funding through Grants.gov, the proposal must be submitted through the Sponsored Programs Office. The SPO can also help get you started on a Grants.gov search -- just send a request via email and we will set up a time!

    State of Minnesota - Office of Grant Management
    This website provides a single entry point to State of Minnesota grant opportunities. Other states have similar sites which may be searched for projects taking place in another location.

    Hamline has a subscription to the SPIN database so faculty and staff can search through thousands of funding opportunities. Training is available upon request, and formal training is also offered once or twice a year (watch Inside Hamline for announcements). You must be set up in SPIN to use the database. That process takes about five minutes, so send an email to SPO and get set up today!


    Hamline has a subscription to the Foundation Center's Foundation Directory Online database of corporate and foundation funding sources. Please contact Lori-Anne Williams to request a search. 

    The Sponsored Programs Office can provide information on past grants, foundation assets, and other details of a prospective funding source. Please contact Lori-Anne Williams to request a full funder profile.