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ENGL 3940: Grant Writing

A resource guide for Introduction to Grant Writing for Community Engagement (ENGL 3940)

All Grant Types: Search Pivot


You may want to find out more about a Foundation you read about through Pivot, a newsletter, or a website. Investigating a funder profile is called "prospect research." You'll want to answer several questions, includign:

  • What type of grants (if any) do they give? To what causes?
  • Where do they give grants?
  • Do they accept grant applications by invitation only? If so, see if they accept Letters of Intent, which are letters you can submit to foundations to express interest and try to get an invitation. 

Resources for answering these questions:

Pivot. The library database offers profiles of funders and much more in-depth information not available for free to the public! 

Foundation Websites. Many times, foundations and corporate grant makers will not have websites.

GuideStar. Non-profit organizations are required to share their 990s with the public, which includes information about the organization. 990s also list organizations the funder has awarded grants to in previous years if any.

Government Grants

John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300