These sites can be a useful starting point to get a sense of the overall breadth of funding opportunities in the humanities and arts, but they tend to be general and rarely seem to incorporate the sorts of residential fellowships and grants described on our External Grant Funding page. 

Community of Science Database

While the Community of Science Database (COS) previously focused primarily on research in the sciences, it now includes more areas and can be useful to those of us in the humanities and fine arts. COS provides a way to get both personalized information on grants and regular information on sources of funding tailored to your research.  All you need to do is create a profile through UMass that will include both your pertinent contact information and your research profile. You can then conduct personalized searches through COS for grants in your areas of expertise, but more importantly, you can register to receive “funding alerts” via e-mail as new programs are added that might match your research interests.

This site is a clearinghouse for information about U.S. government grants and other funding opportunities.  While only a few of the grants on this website are available to individuals, you can register to search for such grants only. 

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

A broader-based government site offering access to a database of all federally-funded assistance programs, this site also includes help for grant writers and other general information.

Academic Keys for the Humanities

Primarily an academic employment site with portals for job-seekers and universities, this site also lists fellowships for postdocs and junior faculty.

Foundation Finder

A free search engine, Foundation Finder provides basic facts on over 61,000 private and community foundations. This site can be used as a starting point for more in-depth research, as it provides quick access to core information about foundations.

The Foundation Center

A national nonprofit, The Foundation Center maintains a database of grant makers and their available grants, issues a wide variety of resources for those seeking and providing grants, and publishes research on trends in grant giving and foundations.  By registering on this site for free, you can also receive more personalized information.


This site requires paid membership to access all of its resources. The site is based out of London and provides some information on UK jobs as well as funding opportunities.  ResearchResearch is also a news site with information on "research policy and politics."  Full subscribers can get guidance on finding and applying for funding.


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