Free Resources for Finding Grants

Many potential grant applicants aren’t sure where to begin searching for grants. As you may have learned already, a lot of organizations offer fee-based subscriptions to databases or email alerts or generic lists of grant opportunities on CDs or in books. While some of those resources are valuable, many are not, and either way, your organization doesn’t necessarily need to spend money on such resources until you’ve taken advantage of the terrific FREE grant research resources available to you.

If you haven’t already done so, visit the Apply Now and Grant Research Report pages in Polar’s Funding & Grants section. There you will find information on grant opportunities that will specifically fund physical activity programs and are likely to consider funding projects that include Polar products and services. In addition to those pages, the links below offer some of the best and most reliable FREE grant information resources available and cover a broader range of funding topics. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it does offer a great starting point. Good luck!

  • Search The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools’ database of regional and national publicly and privately-funded grants supporting a wide variety of health topics or sign up to receive free email alerts featuring key currently open grants. Alerts are sent a few times per week.
  • Sign up to receive the Foundation Center’s RFP Bulletin email newsletter which features open grant opportunities offered by foundations across the country. Emails are sent out on Friday afternoons.
  • Search the Rural Assistance Center’s online database for state, regional, and national grants offered by public and private funders.
  • Search grants.gov to view all open (and many archived) grants available through all federal departments and agencies on all funding topics. You can also download grant application packages, sign up for update emails identifying changes made to specific application packages you’ve downloaded, register your organization for a grants.gov account through which to apply for grants, and to submit federal grant applications.
  • Read about featured grant opportunities, tips for improving grant-seeking skills, and other grant application- and evaluation-related topics at Insight Grants Development’s blog.

By Rosalie J. Mangino-Crandall
President/CEO
Insight Grants Development, LLC