Resources and Links

  • Internal Funding Sources
  • Public Funding Sources
  • Private Funding Sources
  • Additional Resources
  • Books and Periodicals
  • Internal Funding Sources

    Mercyhurst University provides funds for faculty and student development in areas related to research and teaching. These funds are available to all full-time faculty and students and are used to support a specific project, continuing education and academic development, or for small supply/equipment funding. In addition, the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA), together with the Faculty Research Committee, administers funds for faculty research and travel. The following is a sample of our internal funding opportunities. For more information about these internal funds, please contact the OAA or the current chair of the Faculty Research Committee.

    • Academic Enrichment Grants (sponsored by Academic Departments)
    • Diversity Grants (sponsored by clubs)
    • Faculty Travel Grants
    • Faculty Research Grants
    • Departmental Funding

    Public Funding Sources

    The federal and state governments support a number of agencies that award grants for different purposes. Public agencies generate large numbers of proposals and have a wide variety of guidelines, formats and required institutional information. Policies and proposals can vary widely between agencies. Information about the grants available, application guidelines and deadlines can be found at each agency’s website (see links below) or visit our office for more information.

    If you are submitting a proposal to a public agency, please allow extra time before the deadline for our help with checking your proposal against the guidelines, structuring a budget, proofreading, typing the forms, making necessary copies and gathering signatures, and in some cases submitting the forms electronically. Many agencies will not consider proposals that do not exactly conform to their requirements.


    The following Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies have and currently serve as sources of public funding for Mercyhurst University:


    The following Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies have and currently serve as sources of public funding for Mercyhurst College:

    There are also several websites that provide reference information and links to funding opportunities through the federal government:

      • Grants.gov: Grants.gov allows organizations to electronically find and apply for more than $400 billion in Federal grants. Grants.gov is THE single access point for over 1000 grant programs offered by all Federal grant-making agencies. The US Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for Grants.gov, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community.
      • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA): There are upwards to 1,400 different programs, and this reference tool gives the details on who may apply, amount of funds and average awards, contacts, rules and regulations. It also is a great way to collect "key words" or descriptors used to access similar funding sources at the state and local level or through private foundations. Hard copies are available in most local libraries, but using the Internet is easy and very efficient.
      • The Federal Register: This is used by the Federal government to make public records of changes in programs, and is a good research tool for federal programs and contact information to various government agencies.
      • Homeland Security Grants (Dept. of Homeland Security): Information on Federal homeland security and public safety grant opportunities, whether administered by DHS or other departments and agencies. Covers First Responder Grants, assistance to Firefighters, Disaster/Response Program, and State Homeland Security Contacts.
      • Office of Management and Budget (OMB): OMB establishes government-wide grants management policies and guidelines through circulars and common rules. OMB circulars are cited in catalog program descriptions and may be printed out full text.

    The following Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies have and currently serve as sources of public funding for Mercyhurst College:

    There are also several websites that provide reference information and links to funding opportunities through the federal government:

      • Grants.gov: Grants.gov allows organizations to electronically find and apply for more than $400 billion in Federal grants. Grants.gov is THE single access point for over 1000 grant programs offered by all Federal grant-making agencies. The US Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for Grants.gov, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community.
      • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA): There are upwards to 1,400 different programs, and this reference tool gives the details on who may apply, amount of funds and average awards, contacts, rules and regulations. It also is a great way to collect "key words" or descriptors used to access similar funding sources a the state and local level or through private foundations. Hard copies are available in most local libraries, but using the Internet is easy and very efficient.
      • The Federal Register: This is used by the Federal government to make a public records of changes in programs, and is a good research tool for federal programs and contact information to various government agencies.
      • State Single Points of Contact (OMB-Office of Management and Budget): Under executive order 12372, some States require Federal grants applicants to submit a copy of their application for State government level review and comment. The State offices listed here coordinate government (both Federal and State) grants development and may provide guidance to grantseekers.
      • Homeland Security Grants (Dept. of Homeland Security): Information on Federal homeland security and public safety grant opportunities, whether administered by DHS or other departments and agencies. Covers First Responder Grants, assistance to Firefighters, Disaster/Response Program, and State Homeland Security Contacts.
      • Office of Management and Budget (OMB): OMB establishes government-wide grants management policies and guidelines through circulars and common rules. OMB circulars are cited in catalog program descriptions and may be printed out full text.

    Private Funding Sources

    Private foundations and corporations represent another source of funding. Although private sources tend to be less stringent about the proposal process, unsolicited proposals to private sources are rarely funded. Generally, a successful proposal requires an ongoing relationship between the College and the foundation or corporation.

    There are over 250,000 private foundations in the United States. There are several ways to identify sources of foundation funding. If you have identified a foundation or corporation as a potential source of funding, please call OSR. We will research the organization, its history, and its relationship (if any) with Mercyhurst University for you, and together we can develop a strategy for approaching the organization. Again, there are many private foundations and corporations that provide funding opportunities. We have included selected links to some of these organizations below:

    Foundation Grants and Awards

    All grants and awards sought from Private or Corporate Foundations and Private Individuals must be through the Office of Institutional Advancement. Inquires and individual requests should be made with the Director of Constituent and donor relations. sshumate@mercyhurst.edu

    Under no circumstances should contact with any Private or Corporate Foundations and Private Individuals be made by anyone representing Mercyhurst University. Contact, filing and applications for funding must always be made through The Office of Institutional Advancement.

    Private Foundations

    Corporate Foundations

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    The following Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies have and currently serve as sources of public funding for Mercyhurst College:

    There are also several websites that provide reference information and links to funding opportunities through the federal government:

      • Grants.gov: Grants.gov allows organizations to electronically find and apply for more than $400 billion in Federal grants. Grants.gov is THE single access point for over 1000 grant programs offered by all Federal grant-making agencies. The US Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for Grants.gov, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community.
      • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA): There are upwards to 1,400 different programs, and this reference tool gives the details on who may apply, amount of funds and average awards, contacts, rules and regulations. It also is a great way to collect "key words" or descriptors used to access similar funding sources a the state and local level or through private foundations. Hard copies are available in most local libraries, but using the Internet is easy and very efficient.
      • The Federal Register: This is used by the Federal government to make a public records of changes in programs, and is a good research tool for federal programs and contact information to various government agencies.
      • State Single Points of Contact (OMB-Office of Management and Budget): Under executive order 12372, some States require Federal grants applicants to submit a copy of their application for State government level review and comment. The State offices listed here coordinate government (both Federal and State) grants development and may provide guidance to grantseekers.
      • Homeland Security Grants (Dept. of Homeland Security): Information on Federal homeland security and public safety grant opportunities, whether administered by DHS or other departments and agencies. Covers First Responder Grants, assistance to Firefighters, Disaster/Response Program, and State Homeland Security Contacts.
      • Office of Management and Budget (OMB): OMB establishes government-wide grants management policies and guidelines through circulars and common rules. OMB circulars are cited in catalog program descriptions and may be printed out full text.

    Private Funding Sources

    Private foundations and corporations represent another source of funding. Although private sources tend to be less stringent about the proposal process, unsolicited proposals to private sources are rarely funded. Generally, a successful proposal requires an ongoing relationship between the College and the foundation or corporation.

    There are over 250,000 private foundations in the United States. There are several ways to identify sources of foundation funding. If you have identified a foundation or corporation as a potential source of funding, please call OSR. We will research the organization, its history, and its relationship (if any) with Mercyhurst College for you, and together we can develop a strategy for approaching the organization. Again, there are many private foundations and corporations that provide funding opportunities. We have included selected links to some of these organizations below:

    Foundation Grants and Awards

    All grants and awards sought from Private or Corporate Foundations and Private Individuals must be through the Mercyhurst College Office of Institutional Advancement. Inquires and individual requests should be made with the Director of Constituent and donor relations. sshumate@mercyhurst.edu

    Under no circumstances should contact with any Private or Corporate Foundations and Private Individuals be made by anyone representing Mercyhurst College. Contact, filing and applications for funding must always be made through The Office of Institutional Advancement.

    Private Foundations

    Corporate Foundations


    Additional Resources

    In addition to the links above, the following site may be helpful as you research funding sources:

      • The Foundation Center: Founded in 1956, the Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grant makers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. The Center has 80,000 detailed funder profiles in its database. The Foundation Center's mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy. You can find information on grant makers using the online or print and CD directories. The organization's online information categorizes all RFP's into interest areas which are easily defined and accessed to help further the research funding search
      • Grant Resources by State (The Grantsmanship Center, TGCI): Click on a state map to find links to information about a state's foundations, community foundations, corporate giving programs ands the state’s home page.
      • House Information Resources: Resource page, compiled for congressional offices, covering public and private Web links under funding categories such as:
        • Where to Find Federal Grants
        • How to Apply for Grants
        • Help with Managing the Grant Process
        • Foundations
        • Nonprofit Charitable Organizations
        • Corporate Charitable Giving
        • Small Business Resources
        • International Trade & Development
        • State & Local Govt. Funding Resources
        • Disaster Assistance
        • Money for College
        • Scholarships - Specific Fields of Study
        • Internships/Summer Employment
        • Computers for Schools and Communities
        • Other Educational Resources
        • Surplus & Unclaimed Property
        • Consumer Protection
        • Demographic and Statistical Resources
        • Other Helpful Resources

    Books and Periodicals

    The OSR has a number of reference books, periodicals and other materials that provide information about the grant seeking process. Please feel free to stop by and utilize these resources at any time.

      • The Chronicle of Philanthropy (hardcopy and on-line in MC library)
      • The Chronicle of Higher Education (available in MC library)
      • NCURA (National Council of University Research Administrators) books, articles, and publications on various topics and processes
      • Various articles on the grant writing and submission processes

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