Potential Grant Funders and Research Links

To find out about potential funding sources for your idea(s), best practices include:

  • Discussing grants with your peers at other institutions;
  • Becoming involved with professional associations in your career field or academic discipline;
  • Attending conferences where funding agencies will have representatives to talk about their programs;
  • Contacting the MCC Resource Development Office;  and
  • Visiting the websites of federal, state and local funders

 Helpful links to potential funders:



Office of the Federal Register

Health and Human Services (HHS) HRSA

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Apply for a Grant

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
NEH: Grant Applications and Deadlines: Alphabetica…

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH: Grants & Funding Opportunities

National Science Foundation (NSF)
NSF – Funding – Overview of Grants and Awards

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA Web: Grant Opportunities

US Department of Commerce – (DOC) http://www.commerce.gov/

US Department of Education – (ED)
ED Discretionary Grant Application Pkgs. for …
Guide to Education Programs

US Department of Energy – (DOE)
Office of Science, Grants and Contracts

US Department of Justice – (DOJ)
DOJ: Grants

State and local sources

MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Grants

City of Lowell

Foundation Sources

The MCC Resource Department Office is a member of Philanthropy Massachusetts and has subscriptions to several web-based grant databases. For more information and links, please contact Resource Development.

Research and Statistical Data sites

Data is an important component to establish and define need in grant proposals. Several web based sources of information to review include:

Local information

U.S. Census information: www.census.gov

Other Data of interest to the MCC Community:

Please see the Office of Institutional Research & Analytics website for MCC data and trends.

National Center for Education Statistics. http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=16. Dropout rates 1990-2010 by ethnicity. State dropout rates

National Coalition for Literacy. Fact sheets on adult learning and literacy, health literacy, more. http://www.national-coalition-literacy.org/

National Science Foundation: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/sestat/. Education and workforce stats on STEM graduates. Characteristics of recent college grads

Community College Survey of Student Engagement College Results: http://www.ccsse.org/includes/universal/CF_includes/mycaptcha_all.cfm?myurl=http://www.ccsse.org/survey/profiles.cfm&site=ccsse&CFID=651194&CFTOKEN=67fdc1b48acb20c8-107727EB-F3C6-4153-7C0BDCCD6E18CE0F

State community college boards

Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/bls/regnhome.htm. Links to regional information offices, employment rates, wages

Occupational Outlook Handbook:http://www.bls.gov/ooh/.

Comparison Data/National Data

Overview of information from various government agencies: https://dashboard.ed.gov/

Postsecondary and Beyond Fast Facts: https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/index.asp?faq=FFOption6#

Search for statewide information in elementary/secondary education characteristics and finance, postsecondary education, public libraries, assessments, and selected demographics for all states: https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/

Evidence Based Best Practices

Association for Institutional Research: Data and
Decisions for Higher Education

Community College Research Center


Last Modified: 8/4/23