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Find Funding Opportunities

OFGR has divided the types of funding opportunities into two categories: public funding sources and private funding sources. Organizations that typically fall under public funding sources include those associated with federal and state governments. Private funding opportunities are those associated with foundations or corporations.

When planning your timeline to meet a grant deadline, please take into account the time it will take to prepare your application (sometimes weeks to months) and note that obtaining College approval through the routing form (or express routing form) will take at least a week. The earlier you let OFGR know of your interest in applying, the better we’ll be able to support you through the process.

Public Funding Sources

Public agencies, such as those supported by federal and state governments, receive a large number of proposal applications and often have strict guidelines about proposal formats and institutional information. Information about the grants available, application guidelines, and deadlines can be found at each agency’s website. The list below is a sample of organizations that fall under the category of public funding.

Massachusetts Department of Education

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Humanities 

National Institutes of Health

National Science Foundation

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

You can sign up for email alerts of new government funding opportunities through the National Science Foundation and

There are databases also available for grant seekers to find public funding opportunities. These databases include:

Spin (formerly COS) Database

  • Every Hampshire faculty member has access to Spin. To learn how to create an account, please click here.

Duke U Database

Private Funding Sources

Private foundations, corporations, and independent organizations often have a less rigid proposal process, yet unsolicited proposals to private sources are rarely funded. Often, a successful proposal requires an existing relationship between the College and the foundation or organization.

If you have identified a foundation, corporation, or organization as a potential source of funding, please contact OFGR. We will research the organization, funding history, and any relationship Hampshire may have with the funder.

The links below make up a representative list of private funding sources that support individual faculty endeavors, but please keep in mind there are hundreds of additional sources.

American Council of Learned Societies

American Philosophical Society

The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation

The Fulbright Scholar Program

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Henry Luce Foundation

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Research Corporation for Science Advancement

Social Science Research Council

Surdna Foundation

United States Institute of Peace

In addition to these links, the following sites may also serve to access private funding opportunities:

The Foundation Center
(Access to Foundation Directory is password-protected; please contact OFGR for more information.)

Duke U Database



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