Funding Opportunities

Grant Databases & Calendars

Humanities and Social Science Funders

  • American Historical Association: Awards research grants with the aim of advancing the study and exploration of history in a diverse number of subject areas
  • American Political Science Association: Supports scholarly research, grants to support civic engagement programming, collaborative projects on teaching political science, and research projects aimed at having real-world impact on pressing issues, and more.
  • ASIANetwork Student-Faculty Fellows Program: Supports teams of students and faculty to carry out summer projects in Asia that address current global issues in an Asian context. Students collaborate with Asian people, and under strong faculty mentorship, develop practical and professional skills.
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • John Templeton Foundation: Supports research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and emergence to creativity, forgiveness, and free will and encourages civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians, as well as between such experts and the public at large.
  • Mind & Life Institute: Supports projects that advance our understanding of the mechanisms, implementation and outcomes of contemplative strategies to promote well-being and prosocial behavior in individuals and communities.
  • National Park Service: Competitive grants include African American Civil Rights Grant; History of Equal Rights Grants; Underrepresented Community Grants; and more
  • NEH Translation Projects: Supports collaborative teams who are editing, annotating, and translating foundational humanities texts that are vital to learning and research but are currently inaccessible or are available only in inadequate editions or translations
  • NEH Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research: Awards to institutions and organizations conducting empirical field research to answer significant questions in the humanities
  • NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grants: Supports innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging digital projects at different stages of their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability.
  • NEH Humanities Connections: Supports innovative curricular approaches that foster partnerships among humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social and natural sciences and in pre-service or professional programs, to encourage and develop new integrative learning opportunities for students
  • NSF- Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences: Supports basic research on people and society. The SBE sciences focus on human behavior and social organizations and how social, economic, political, cultural, and environmental forces affect the lives of people from birth to old age and how people in turn shape those forces
  • Russell Sage Foundation: Supports the methods, data, and theoretical core of the social sciences as a means of improving social policies programs of social science research within its funding priorities.
  • Social Science Research Council: Supports research in social sciences. Fellowships and prizes share a core commitment to improving conditions for social science knowledge production worldwide
  • Spencer Foundation: Supports high-quality, innovative research on education, broadly conceived and provides funding for education-focused research projects, research training fellowships, and additional field-building initiatives
  • Wabash Center: Supports activities that enhance teaching and learning in the fields of religious and theological studies as taught in colleges, universities, and theological schools
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation: Supports research partnerships bring together scholars and their interlocutors in the mutual production of anthropological knowledge aimed at combating inequality and promoting the flourishing of human and more than human worlds

Science Funders


Local/Regional Funders

  • Bush Foundation: Community Innovation grants fund the most promising ideas to change communities and systems and are meant to be transformation capital.
  • Carolyn Foundation: Environmental grantmaking focuses on mitigating climate change and makes targeted investments in Minnesota to bring about systemic change
  • Central Minnesota Arts Board: Provides grants for individual artists, as well as nonprofit organizations
  • Central Minnesota Community Foundation: Grants for local programs and initiatives that improve the quality of life in the greater St. Cloud region
  • Headwaters Foundation for Justice: Invests in organizations across Minnesota that use community organizing as a core strategy to make transformative change
  • Initiative Foundation: Provides grants in Central MN to support economic development; leadership development; community building; and families, youth, and seniors
  • Laura Jane Musser Fund: Provides support in the areas of environment and intercultural harmony
  • McKnight Foundation: Advances climate solutions in the Midwest; builds an equitable and inclusive MN; and supports the arts, international crop research, and neuroscience
  • Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage (Legacy) Grants: Supports projects focused on preserving Minnesota’s history and culture
  • Otto Bremer Trust: Supports MN programs in relevant areas of interested, including community asset building and health & wellbeing, including post-secondary education