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The most common reason that grant proposals are turned down is because the applications do not fit the requirements of the agency to which they are submitted.  Therefore, once you have begun the development of your idea, you will need to find a funding source whose objectives match those of your proposed project.  You can browse the online resource below, or you can contact the ORS if you are trying to locate specific funding opportunities.

How to select a Funding Source

Internal Funding Opportunities
CCU Funding Opportunities (through the Office of the Provost)
External Funding Opportunities (subscription databases accessible on-campus only)
Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN) - InfoEd SPIN is a database of funding opportunitise from government and private sources
The Grant Advisor Plus - Deadline hyperlinks
The Grant Advisor Plus - 200+ useful links to Funding Sources
External Funding Opportunities - Federal Agencies
Federal Grants - All 26 federal grant-making agencies have information on their grant programs available through this site (grants.gov)
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) - an independent agency supporting artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Focuses on "language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life." - National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, 1965
National Science Foundation (NSF) - supports all fields of fundamental science and engineering except for medical sciences.  NSF keeps the U.S. at the leading edge of discovery in areas from astronomy to geology and zoology
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - The mission of NOAA is to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts; to share that knowledge and information with others; and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - Sign up for space science research announcements
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) - an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). NIFA's mission is to advance knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and communities
National Institutes of Health (NIH) - a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIH is the nation's medical research agency - making important discoveries that improve health and save lives
State & Local Resources
South Carolina Arts Commission - builds a thriving arts environment for the benefit of all South Carolinians
South Carolina Humanities Council - fund, promote, counsel and coordinate all manner of thoughtful (and thought-provoking) endeavors: exhibits, documentaries, discussion forums, planning, workshops, dramatizations, lectures, etc. that pertain to the humanities
South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium - enhancing practical use and conservation of South Carolina's coastal and marine resources that foster a sustainable economy and environment
South Carolina Space Grant Consortium - promotes activity in research, education, and public service related to NASA
South Carolina Foundation Directory - funding sources within the state of South Carolina (directories are updated every four years)
State of South Carolina Public Information Home Page - the official web site of the state of South Carolina
Foundation Resources
The Foundation Center - the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants.  This site also offers research, education, and training programs
Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) - a private operating foundation that aids basic research in the physical sciences (astronomy, chemistry, physics, and related fields) at U.S. colleges and universities
Foundation Search America - North America's leading source of foundation funding information for non-profits and charities. Includes tools to locate grants by type, value, year, recipient, donor and historical giving trends
K-12 Resources
School Grants - your one-stop site for PK-12 school grant opportunities
Technology Grant News - accurate, one-stop information on technology grants, free technology resources, technology partnerships, strategic alliances and technology advancement for your organization
EdInformatics - Education for the Information Age, a funding directory
Other Resources
nature - International weekly journal of science; a comprehensive, up-to-date and easy-to-use service for locating postgraduate and professional grants available in the scientific fields worldwide
The Geological Society of America - Provides access to elements that are essential to the professional growth of earth scientists at all levels of expertise and from all sectors: academic, government, business, and industry
Research - news, analysis, funding, data (funding opportunities require a subscription)
William & Mary - Humanities funding sources from A-Z and Sciences funding sources from A-Z