Charitable Grants Hub

Successful Grantseeking Basics

Getting started can be the hardest part of pursuing charitable grant support. Understanding the culture of grants and doing effective planning and research improves the probability that your project will be awarded charitable grant funding. Keep in mind that not every campus project and program is a good fit for private grant support. GIFT Center staff are well-versed on general fundraising best practices along with other campus resources that are available for faculty and staff, and they can guide you if foundations are not your best fundraising fit.

The GIFT Center has tools available to help identify funders, who may take an interest in your project, and we can advise on how to make the best approach. We also maintain relationships with a number of grantmakers who have past, ongoing, or potential partnerships with the UA.

Remember—be sure to obtain clearance through your unit's development office, business office, and the GIFT Center prior to submitting charitable grant requests, and to also run your budget through your business office for approval.

The following resources will familiarize you with the grant world, pre-proposal planning, and they will help get you started on funder research and relationship building:


Who Makes Charitable Grants?—Discusses what entities make grants, why they do so, and includes information about the larger grantmaker landscape

Grants and the Grantseeking Process—Defines charitable grants and the entire grantseeking process

Project Concept Form—An intake and program planning form that asks questions about your project, framing the information to prepare your program content for fundraising

Pre-Proposal Research and Relationship Building—Provides information on seeking potential funders, and on making an initial approach

GIFT Center News Listserv—Sign up to receive important GIFT Center notices, including the GIFT Alert, our biweekly update of upcoming grant opportunities

Program Planning Resources and Links—Links to useful program planning resources