Sponsor Types

Knowing more about the sponsors who may fund your work can lead to more successful proposals.   Look here for sponsor profiles and other tools to find the right sponsor for your project.

Federal Agencies

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Grants.gov - Grant Making Agencies
Brief descriptions of the 26 Federal agencies that use the Grants.gov portal to post funding opportunities

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Assistance Listings 
(Replaces Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, CFDA)

Assistance listings are detailed public descriptions of federal programs that provide grants, loans, scholarships, insurance, and other types of assistance awards. You may browse assistance listings across all government agencies to learn about potential funding sources.

Note: The assigned Assistance Listing Number (ALN; formerly CFDA#) identifies the program, but may not be a unique identifier for a specific competition or submission deadline.

Contract Opportunities
(Replaces Federal Business Opportunities, commonly known as Fed Biz Opps or FBO)

Contract opportunities are procurement notices from federal contracting offices. Anyone interested in doing business with the government can use this system to search opportunities. Opportunities include pre-solicitation notices, solicitation notices, award notices, and sole source notices.

Postings include grant funding opportunities from some agencies, most notably the Dept. of Energy and the Dept. of Defense, including DARPA.

Note: All agencies are required to post notices of competitive grant opportunities in Grants.gov, even if they also are posted elsewhere.  A Grants.gov Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) may link back to beta.SAM.gov to access the full announcement and other related documents.

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Federal Register

Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.

The Dept. of Education (US ED) routinely publishes its grant announcements in the Federal Register in addition to grants.gov.

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This site provides links to virtually all Federal branches, departments, executive agencies, and independent agencies, as well at to State and Local government sites.

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This site provides information about federal spending on research and development grants and contracts over time, as well as other categories of spending.

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State of New Hampshire



The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts was established in 1965 as the official state arts agency "to insure that the role of the arts in the life of our communities will continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the welfare and educational experience of our citizens."  Information about specific grants can be found on the State Arts Council Grant Information page.

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Foundations and Other Not-for-Profit Organizations

Foundation Directory Online

Premier database of grant making foundations

Registered Charities in New Hampshire

An alphabetical listing of those grant-making organizations registered with the Charitable Trusts Unit of the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General, NH Department of Justice


Look in the "GET TO KNOW POTENTIAL FUNDERS" section in Positioning for Grant Seeking Success for more strategies for finding the right "home" for your project.