Research Resources

Additional Web Resources for Grant Writing

If you are looking for additional resources to assist you in the grant writing process, the Grants Department recommends the following websites:

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY RESOURCES

Grants.gov: General location of announcements of almost all Federal government programs including summary materials, RFAs, and application packets. Excellent general overview of grant lifecycle at http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/learn-grants/grants-101.html (Grants 101). Grantees can also search out forthcoming funding opportunities by selecting using the sites search page and selecting for “Forecasted” in the Opportunity Status search parameters – this is a new feature as of June, 2016.

Federal Register: Sign up for daily release of federally distributed information. There is a lot in here, but grant notices from many federal agencies are included.

Department of Education Grants Forecast: Expected timelines, values, and contacts for ED related funding opportunities, but fiscal year. Generally reliable and current.

National Science Foundation: Current funding opportunities from NSF; you can sign up for announcements via email and can detail in your subscriber preferences the type of grants you would like to receive information on (ie. program type, etc). For information on programs for undergraduate students – both currently funded and previously funded.

National Endowment for the Arts: General listing of pending grants from this resources. Searchable and filterable by keyword and with links to program specifics.

National Endowment for the Humanities: Listing of current fiscal year projects and opportunities including deadlines for multiple steps. Additional program details provided via links in the page margin.

Foundation Center: Topic based newsletter announcements regarding private funding opportunities. While most funding described in the newsletter is not applicable to community college education programs, the resource does help to chart ‘trends’ in private educational giving that can be helpful in project planning and development.

Central Valley Community Foundation (formerly Fresno Regional Foundation): Local foundation resource that has frequently awarded grants to SCCCD campuses and projects. Produces a regular cycle of educational grants focused in areas that are often aligned with mission and strategic planning in our district.

Fresno State Community and Economic Development Resources (Grants): List of grants from a wide variety of federal, state, and local sources. Updated regularly and available via email as a newsletter at http://www.sjvrdc.org/submit-request .

Reconnecting America: Reconnecting America has compiled a list of upcoming programs and deadlines related to community planning, affordable housing finance, technical assistance, research, capital infrastructure investments and related community building projects. Use the ‘Find’ option in your browser to quickly search the descriptions for key words related to your grant focus to see if there are any currently available options.

PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES

Council for Advancement and Support of Education: Members only site – most SCCCD colleges have a membership. This professional resource is subscribed to by the Grants Department and provides both publications and listserves to research current and future grant opportunities.

Council for Opportunity in Education: Advocacy and resources for federal TRIO programs. Useful for both details on current grant competitions and on administration (stewardship) of existing TRIO grants.

Foundation Center: While we do not have a subscription to this service, it is publicly available at CSU, Fresno at any computer terminal in the Henry Madden Library via their database collection. The grant writing resources at this site are publicly available from anywhere and provide brief videos on both grant seeking and application processes (http://grantspace.org/skills/proposal-writing).

Community College League of California: Review legislative newsletters in order to get a head-start on potential state grant funding opportunities.

RESEARCH RESOURCES

SCCCD Institutional Research: Data and details on SCCCD sites, programs, enrollment capacity, and student success. Much of the data is disaggregated by campus, program, gender, race, etc.

US Census Bureau: The Census provides many useful data tools including the American Fact Finder and Quickfacts that will prove useful in establishing details including population, education, income, and other basic demographic information. Custom search strings in the Fact Finder tool can provide side-by-side comparisons of various geographies.

California Department of Education: Data and statistics collected from California schools and learning support resources to identify trends and educational needs and to measure performance. Provides great contextual information on the background of our incoming freshmen.

California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Datamart: Provides information about students, courses, student services, outcomes and faculty and staff. The emphasis of a data mart is to answer the questions of administrators, educators, parents, students, state leaders, and professional organizations.

California Community College Chancellor’s Office Score Card & Datamart:
http://scorecard.cccco.edu/scorecard.aspx
http://datamart.cccco.edu/Resources.aspx
http://datamart.cccco.edu/Outcomes/Default.aspx

Provides information about students, courses, student services, outcomes and faculty and staff. The emphasis of a data mart is to answer the questions of administrators, educators, parents, students, state leaders, and professional organizations.

US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration: The Guide to State and Local Workforce Data is an excellent resource and contains links to MANY data sources, along with a brief description of the data. Many of these are related to workforce and employment data; however, there are quite a few items that are more general in nature. Overall, this site is a wonderful compilation of links that could be very useful for gathering statistics to use in the "Needs" statement of a grant proposal.

CA Employment Development Department: The Labor Market Information Website is an excellent resource for current job and labor market data, as well as projected job growth.