Identifying Funding Opportunities

The first step in obtaining funding for your project is to determine where to apply. Funds for projects can come from two places: internal or external sources. If the required funding is modest (a few hundred to few thousand dollars), the Provost's Office has internal funds for things like curriculum development, travel to professional conferences, and faculty-student research.  This money is limited, however, so huge requests cannot usually be accommodated—and it’s always better to get your application in sooner than later.

Most funding Lawrence receives through this office, though, comes from external sources: private foundations, government agencies, and corporate foundations.  And the CFSR office has many research tools for helping you ferret out the right funding opportunity for your project.

Take a Class

the grants office teaches classes on two subjects:

1) Introduction to grant seeking at Lawrence University. Every college and university has it's own way of handling, managing, and organizing grants and fellowships, and Lawrence is no exception. These classes offer an introduction to the grant-seeking process. We will discuss how internal and external grants work at Lawrence and how the grants team can help you accomplish your goals.

2) Introduction to using the Funding Information Network (FIN). See this page for more information on FIN. FIN is an online database compiling giving information on thousands of grantmakers and their giving areas. We will teach you how to use the FIN database, as well as tricks on how to identify potential grant funders, fellowships, and scholarship opportunities. 

These classes are usually taught in the fall and winter terms. For more information on timing and location please contact Ariela Rosa or Svetlana Belova.