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Funding Search Databases

Pivot Proquest

Pivot Proquest: Features funding opportunities for all disciplines, including federal and non-federal funding sources. Custom searches can be saved, and users can set-up automatic email alerts for their queries.

How to access: Set up individual user account.

GRC GrantSearch

GRC GrantSearch: Targeted database of approximately 2,000 funding opportunities that are recurring and have a national/regional scope.

How to access: Set up individual user account.

GRC Faculty Alerts

GRC Faculty Alerts: Customized funding alerts by disciplinary areas, activity types, and/or funding sponsors. Save one or multiple alerts and customize them as your project interests change. GRC will send you monthly email updates targeted to your criteria.

How to access: Set up individual user account.

Grants.govSearchable database of all federal funding.

How to access: No log-in is required to search.

H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online

H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences OnlineFree online forum for faculty in the humanities and social sciences to access a variety of information, including funding opportunities.

How to access: No log-in is required.

Highlighted Grants

American Honda Motor Company Community Gift Program

  • Supports a range of community-centered programs
  • Continuous deadline

Best Buy Community Grants

  • Supports tech education programs for underserved teens
  • Spring Deadline

Brewers Community Foundation

  • Supports programming in the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs, with a particular focus on low-income and disadvantaged youth and their families.
  • Continuous deadline: Applications limited to one per organization per calendar year. Priority is first come, first served by contacting ORSP.

La Crosse Community Foundation

  • Projects and programs that address a community need or priority. Program areas: Arts & Humanities, Culture & Diversity, Education, Environment, Faith, Health & Human Services, Recreation & Wellness, and Community Improvement
  • Due January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15

La Crosse Public Education Foundation

  • Requires a partnership with a School District Staff Member
  • Due dates vary by program

People’s Food Co-op Community Fund

  • Supports projects focused on: Food Access, Food Systems, Health and Well-being, Sustainable Agriculture, Social Change, and Cooperative Education
  • Applications accepted from May 15 through June 15

UW Credit Union

  • Due quarterly

UW Sea Grant Institute 

  • Pre-proposals generally due in January

Walmart Community Grants

  • Local Community grants range from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $5,000.
  • Continuous deadline

Wells Fargo Community Grants

  • Supports projects under the following categories: housing affordability, financial health, and small business growth
  • Continuous deadline

Wisconsin Arts Board 

  • Due dates vary by program

Wisconsin Athletic Trainers' Association (WATA)

  • Research Grants: due April 1 and November 1

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

  • Supports multiple grant programs with varying deadlines

Wisconsin Historical Society Preservation Project Curated List

  • Features a variety of programs around the state that supports preservation projects
  • Due dates vary by program

Wisconsin Historical Society

  • Supports several research fellowships and other award programs

Wisconsin Humanities Council

  • Major grants: due April 15, August 15, and December 15

Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium

Wisconsin Society for Ornithology

  • Grants to advance ornithological research by students and professionals, promote the study of birds by youth, enhance knowledge of Wisconsin wetlands, and implement shorebird management activities
  • Due dates vary by program

Xcel Energy Foundation

  • Deadline generally in spring (applications accepted by invitation only)
  • Priorities: economic sustainability, STEM education, environment, arts & culture accessibility

See below for curated early career funding opportunities by disciplinary area. Each area also has a customizable search for additional funding that can be tailored to specific interests by clicking "refine search." (A Pivot user account is required to access customizable searches. UWL users can set up a free account with their UWL email.)

Arts & Humanities

Business & Management



Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics

Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences

This is a list of non-federal sponsors curated for UWL faculty and staff. It is not intended to be comprehensive. Complete a UWL Funding Finder request for individualized assistance finding funding that aligns with your project ideas.

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

  • Grants and fellowships in multiple disciplines (e.g., American Fellowships; Career Development Grants; Community Action Grants; International Fellowships; International Project Grants; Research Public Grant in Engineering, Medicine & Science; Selected Professions Fellowships)

American Cancer Society

  • Cancer research in multiple disciplines (e.g., Research Scholar Grants, Institutional Research Grants, Health Equity Research in Cancer Control & Prevention)

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

  • Multiple grants and fellowships in the humanities and humanistic social sciences (e.g., Collaborative Research, Digital Extension, China Studies, Buddhist Studies)

American Diabetes Association

  • Diabetes research (e.g., general research, career development & training, community capacity building, targeted solicitations)

American Heart Association

  • Cardiovascular research in multiple areas (e.g., AHA Institutional Research Enhancement Award, basic research, career development, precision cardiovascular medicine, collaborative sciences)

American Honda Foundation

  • Youth education in STEM subjects, the environment, job training, and literacy

American Philosophical Association

  • Funding for projects and initiatives beneficial to the philosophical community (e.g., Small Grant Fund, Fund for Diversity & Inclusiveness, Berry Fund for Public Philosophy, Teaching Fund)

American Philosophical Society

  • Humanities and science research funding in multiple disciplines (e.g., astrobiology; field studies; small grants for library & archive travel, fieldwork, or laboratory research expenses; Native American research in linguistics, ethnohistory, and history of studies)

American Psychological Association (APA)

  • Psychology-related grants, awards, and scholarships for faculty, students, educators, researchers, practitioners, and institutions

American Psychological Foundation (APF)

Coca-Cola Foundation Grants

  • Priority areas include: Empowering Women, Protecting the Environment, and Enhancing Communities
  • Continuous deadline

Fulbright Scholar Program (Council for International Exchange of Scholars)

  • Faculty, staff, administrator, student, and institutional awards to support international academic exchange

Human Frontier Science Program

  • Interdisciplinary basic research on complex mechanisms of living organisms, especially collaborations that bring biologists together with scientists in fields such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science, and engineering

John Templeton Foundation

  • Research in individual freedom & free markets; public engagement; mathematical & physical sciences; life sciences; character virtue development; and religion, science, & society

Joyce Foundation

  • Advancing racial equity and economic mobility for the next generation in the Great Lakes region. Program areas: Culture, Democracy, Education & Economic Mobility, Environment, Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform

Kresge Foundation

  • Arts & culture, education, environment, advancing health equity through housing funding, human services

Liberty Mutual Community Grants

  • Priority is given to projects focused on Education and Health and Human Services
  • Continuous deadline

NEA Foundation

  • Supports public PK-12 and institutions of higher education through Learning & Leadership Grants for individual or group professional development and Student Success Grants

Otto Bremer Trust Grants

  • Supports a variety of projects
  • Continuous deadline

Research Corporation for Science Advancement

  • Cottrell Scholars program supports the research of early career teacher-scholars in chemistry, physics, and astronomy

Russell Sage Foundation

  • Social sciences research in multiple areas (e.g., Behavioral Economics; Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, & Immigration; Social, Political, & Economic Inequality; Computational Social Science; Immigration & Immigrant Integration; Non-Standard Employment; Decision Making & Human Behavior in Context)

SHRM Foundation

  • HR-related scholarships for undergraduates and graduatesInnovation Grants for programs or services that bring awareness to the value of veterans in the workforce or build skills of HR professionals to attract, hire, and retain veterans

Sociological Initiatives (SI) Foundation

  • Supports social change by linking research to social action (e.g., research on laws, policies, institutions, regulations, and normative practices that may limit equality in the US; research that furthers language learning and behavior)

Sony USA Foundation Grants

  • Supports a variety of projects
  • Continuous deadline

Spencer Foundation

  • Education research (e.g., small and large education research grants, research-practice partnerships grants, field building conference grants)

Target Foundation Grants

  • Support is made through invitation only. However, groups can submit an Information form if project work aligns with Target's initiatives.

Teagle Foundation

  • Promoting and strengthening liberal arts education

TESOL International Association

  • Supports a number of TESOL initiatives, such as travel grants, professional learning scholarships, and teaching materials grants

Water Research Foundation

  • Supports broad-based research to promote water quality and improve water service to the public.

William T. Grant Foundation

  • Research that increases understanding of (1) the programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and (2) how policymakers and practitioners acquire, interpret, and use research evidence (e.g., reducing inequality, improving the use of research evidence, building sustained research-practice partnerships, providing early-career development support for researchers)

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