Funding Opportunities

Where to Begin

  • Have a clear sense of your project
  • Identify potential funders
  • Do your homework (annual reports, check restrictions)
  • Consult with project officers from the funding office
  • Draft a proposal that meets sponsor's guidelines/needs
  • Follow up

Funding guide and other resources for community-university partnerships

The HUD Office of University Partnerships is pleased to release the Foundation Resource Guide, a compilation of twenty-six national foundations that likely would likely fund community-university partnerships. In addition to the printed version, OUP has developed a web-based, searchable database of foundations. This database contains everything listed in the printed Guide plus many other state, regional and national foundations.

The HUD Office of University Partnerships has also recently released the Building Partnerships, Building Futures CD-ROM. This interactive, multimedia presentation is a new tool for promoting campus-community partnerships produced by OUP.

The CD-ROM provides commentary on college-community partnerships, interviews with Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) Directors, staff, and students and video of grantee activities. The presentations revolve around four main themes central to college-community partnerships: community revitalization, skill building, applied research, and education and curriculum. The CD-ROM is designed to inspire interest in partnerships, share ideas, and encourage interest in OUP grant programs.

Ordering Information:
If you would like to receive a free copy of the CD-ROM, please contact the University Partnerships Clearinghouse at (800) 245-2691.

Federal Government and State Government Funding


  • Council on Foundations:
  • The Council of Chief State School Officers:
  • National Society of Fund Raising Executives:
  • PSI - Philanthropic Service for Institutions:
  • Coalation of Community Foundations for Youth:
  • Private: Foundations, Corporations
  • W. K. Kellogg Foundation
    • Area Funded
      • Health programming at the Kellogg Foundation focuses explicitly on improving individual and community health, and improving access to and the quality of heath care. The goal over the next five years is to promote health among vulnerable individuals and communities through programming that empowers individuals, mobilizes communities, engages institutions, improves health care quality and access, and informs public and marketplace policy.
      • Food Systems and Rural Development fills a programming niche undertaken by few other foundations. The food systems grant making focuses on catalyzing efforts that lead to a safe, wholesome food supply for this and future generations while ensuring that food production and food-related business systems are economically viable, environmentally sensitive, sustainable long-term, and socially responsible. The rural development work supports comprehensive, collaborative, and integrative efforts of people, organizations, and institutions.
      • Youth and Education programs address the preschool through college continuum - ages 0 to 24. The overall goal is to support healthy infant, child, and youth development by mobilizing, strengthening, and aligning systems that affect children's learning.
      • Philanthropy and Volunteerism programming is focused on building a mutually responsible and just society in which all have the ability and means to contribute to the common good. We believe that everyone gives in various ways - time, money, and experience. Therefore, our programming activities seek to unleash resources by supporting the emergence of new leaders and donors, creating and sharing knowledge and building tool that advance the effectiveness and innovation of the philanthropic sector.
    • Average Size of Grant: Varies, see website.
    • Application Deadline(s): Ongoing
  • Lumina Foundation
    • Area Funded
      • Research to expand knowledge and improve practices that affect students' access and success in postsecondary education.
      • Innovative programs guided by research, that present practical approaches to access and success in postsecondary education.
    • Average Size of Grant: $200,000
    • Application Deadline(s): Ongoing

List of Funders for 2003-2004

  • Arkay Foundation
  • Bank of Sierra
  • Barnes and Noble, Starbucks and Glean Rummage Sale Fundraisers
  • California Campus Compact
  • Community Foundation for Monterey Country
  • Corporation of National and Community Service
  • Johnson & Johnson/Rosalynn Carter Institute Caregivers Program
  • Jumpstart Inc - GOSERV - CNS
  • Jumpstart National
  • Learn & Serve - individual campus grant
  • Monterey Country Office of Education
  • Monterey Peninsula Association
  • National Science Foundation
  • North Fresno Rotary Endowment
  • Patagonia
  • Private Donor
  • Private Non Profit - The Grantsmanship Center
  • Perdue University (NFS Subgrant)
  • Sunset Waste Paper
  • Temple University - CNCS
  • Temple University (Metlife Subgrant)
  • United Way of Humboldt County
  • US Department of Housing & Urban Development OUP
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Women's Sports Foundation

External Sources of Funding during the 2002-2003 For CSU Service-Learning Campus Programs

  • Title III Funding
  • VISTA positions from CNCS
  • California Campus Compact
  • National Campus Compact
  • MCI WorldCom
  • Junior League
  • Jumpstart
  • CNCS National Learn and Serve grants(subgrants from programs other than the Chancellor's Office, i.e. Project SHINE)
  • CNCS Learn and Serve individual campus grants
  • US AID(Agency for International Development)
  • GOSERV - Cesar Chavez Foundation
  • Campus Lottery Funds
  • Campus IRA(Instructionally-Related) Funds
  • Monterey Peninsula Foundation
  • Women's Sports Foundation
  • Private Donor
  • PG&E
  • Campus Activities Board
  • United Way
  • Associated Students
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Federal Work Study
  • California Department of Education
  • Discipline Association
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