Finding the right grant opportunity can often be the most difficult part of the grant process. Searching for grants can be cumbersome, but by following a few simple steps you can significantly reduce unnecessary efforts and the amount of time spent searching:
To help set up your search parameters, ask yourself the following questions:
For example: You are looking for staff and equipment to support the Dental Hygiene program. Ask yourself: What companies might support this type of program through their foundation? Dental related companies like Colgate or Oral-B would be a good place to start searching in this instance. If your project is related to training and employment in the field, perhaps government agencies supporting workforce development, like the Department of Labor or Workforce Florida, would have a grant opportunity that would fit. Does your program expose high school students to this field? Maybe the Florida Department of Education or U.S. Department of Education has a grant opportunity.
Another key search tactic: find out who else is funding the type of program you’re looking to support. Do you know of another institution that just expanded their Dental Hygiene program? Did they receive a grant to support their expansion and who was the funder?
This new tool is provided to SPC faculty and staff in order to streamline the grant search process. It allows you to view insider notes related to certain grants, view grant summaries and allows you to track your search results. This is a customized database that will be updated daily by the Grants Department with new opportunities and notes for you to view. You are encouraged to search the AFI GrantNavigator as a first step in your search process.
Note: For document security purposes, the AFI GrantNavigator database currently requires you to login through the Grants SharePoint site in order to perform a search. Begin your AFI search now by clicking here to access One College Support SharePoint.
Below is a gathering of useful links to help seek external funding:
Foundation Directory Online is a comprehensive database of private foundations available at the SPC St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus Library.
Below is a sample of private foundations awarding grants in higher education:
Grant opportunity outlines, typically called a Solicitation for Grant Application (SGA) or Request for Proposal (RFP), can be anywhere from 20-70 pages long. The appearance of the document can be overwhelming, but there are common areas to direct your attention to before reading the entire document. Here are the key areas to review that will help you decide if you should proceed further:
Before you start planning and writing, please ensure you have the proper approvals to move forward by completing the following steps:
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