Grant Seeking: Types of Support
As you engage in grant seeking, you’ll discover that what foundations support varies. This following list is not comprehensive, but covers the basics. Typically, foundations are more interested in supporting programs and special projects than operating costs at universities and other institutions of higher education.
- Program Support, also referred to as special project grants, for specific projects or programs as opposed to general purposes.
- General/Operating Support, also referred to as unrestricted support, for day to day, personnel, administrative and miscellaneous expenses of a consistent project or organization.
- Student Aid through educational grants, loans or scholarships.
- Fellowships for faculty and graduate students.
- Research Support for investigations and clinical trials, including demonstration and pilot projects.
- Capital Support for endowment purposes, buildings, construction or equipment.
- Capacity Building, or support that strengthens internal operations/systems, internal governance/ leadership development, development of fiscal and human resources, and strategic planning.