Grant Search & Writing Resources

Grant Development Beachboard

Curated by the grant developer, ORED’s Grant Development BeachBoard provides a wealth of resources on grant search tools, funding opportunities, proposal development, data management plans, CSULB institutional data, plus sample proposals. Sign in to BeachBoard and set your role to “student” to access the site.

CSULB-sponsored Grant Search Databases and Alert Services

SPIN Grant Search Engine

Provides a searchable database with over 40,000 opportunities from more than 10,000 global public and private sponsors. You can create email alerts to receive targeted emails on upcoming funding opportunities that match your search criteria. See ORED’s site for more information on SPIN and other grant search databases.

Grant Funding Opportunities in Education and Allied Fields

The following websites provide links to key federal and state agencies that provide funding and grant opportunities in educational and allied fields.


Department of Education Grants Forecast FY

Forecast of funding opportunities under the Department of Education discretionary grant programs, including Institute of Education Sciences, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

Department of Education Grant Applications

Lists currently open grant competitions for the Department of Education.

Institute of Educational Sciences Webinar Schedule

Provides a listing of upcoming webinars via IES on topics such as grant writing and the application process.

Institute of Educational Sciences Webinar Archive

Archived webinars from IES on topics such as grant writing and the application process.

California Department of Education Funding and Grants

Lists funding opportunities available for schools and other organizations for a variety of funding purposes.

Department of Health and Human Services GrantsNet

Grant forecast for discretionary and non-discretionary grants forecast for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Describes the grant process and provides tips for preparing proposals.

Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Open Solicitations

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of these crime fighting strategies.

National Institute of Mental Health Research Priorities

Funding forecast and research strategy for grants to promote mental health.

National Science Foundation E-bulletin

Grant forecast for active funding opportunities from the National Science Foundation.

Grant Writing Guides

Various guides from academic and non-profit institutions provide general advice about proposal development. They cover topics ranging from how to write an abstract that is both lucid and an appropriate summary of the proposal to how to create a budget for projects based within university settings.

The New Faculty Guide to Competing for Research Funding by Mike Cronin and Lucy Deckard is another good source for grant writing. The guide covers setting a research agenda, seeking funding sources, planning and writing a grant proposal, and tips for the grant writing process. It is available on ORSP’s BeachBoard site and available via the University Library as a free download with sign in. Navigate to /university-library and type the title into OneSearch on the main page.