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URSUS Databases Directories and Indexes Federal Grants State of Maine Grants
UMaine Grants Tutorials & Grants Help    

This guide is designed to provide information regarding funding sources for research, performance and special projects. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of funding, books on this topic can be found in several subject classifications of the reference area. 


URSUS is the library catalog, and serves as a directory to books (and other items) in the University of Maine library system. Reference books can be used inside Fogler Library. Books in the stacks may be checked out.

Search Terms for URSUS
  • "proposal writing in research"
  • "proposal writing for grants"
  • "research grants" 

Books on Grantwriting


Foundation Directory Online
Database of profiles from over 100,000 foundations and public charities; historical files on grants already made; and organizations' IRS 990s. Focused on the nonprofit community, but includes scholarships, fellowships, and research funding.

1. Use Search Grantmakers to find foundations that provide funding in your project area.
2. Use the "view index" links to choose terms from the database for your search.
3. Essential fields to complete: Fields of Interest, Types of Support, and Geographic Focus.
In the Geographic Focus field, include both Maine and National. National includes projects that focus their giving beyond one state alone.
4. Search by keywords specific to your area of interest (e.g., arts, anthropology, education, etc.), and/or for the community or social focus of your project (e.g., arts programs in disaster relief areas)

Integrated database that combines funding opportunities with researcher profiles. Geared toward the higher education community. Available remotely.

1. Use Advanced Search to find funding opportunities that match who you are as a grantseeker.
2. Essential fields to complete: Keyword, Requirements, Funding Type
(visual arts, fine arts, decorative arts, media arts, art education, etc.)
(academic institution, graduate student, PhD or professional, etc.)
Funding Type
(scholarship, fellowship, research grant, conference travel, artistic pursuit, etc.).
3. Use the search fields to find keywords that describe your arts-related topic, and/or the various facets to your project (e.g., professional development opportunities for artists, community development through public art).
4. You can create an account in Pivot in order to save searches and receive alerts when new opportunities are added that match your search criteria.

Directories and Indexes

Directories and Indexes provide information about grantmakers and the requirements for the grants that they fund. 

Federal Grants

State of Maine Grants

UMaine Grants Resources

Resources for Nonprofits

Tutorials & Grants Help

Created by: Jen Bonnet | Revised: 12/29/2014
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