Scholarships, Fellowships, Academic Internships, and Grants: Grants

This guide is designed to assist members of the Eckerd College Community in identifying scholarships, grants, academic internships, and fellowship opportunities.


A grant is a sum of money given by an organization, especially a government, state or college, for a particular purpose. Grants do not have to be paid back (unless you default on your contract). Many grants are based on need, that is, they are based on your or your family's financial circumstances.

Books from the Library

Introduction to Finding Grants

Grant Locators

  1. is your place to FIND and APPLY for federal grants. SEARCH for your federal grants by keywords or more specific criteria. All discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies can be found on
  2. Grantfoward is the place to locate funding for your future research and study.  
  1. Foundation Directory Online (limited free version): FDO Quick Start is a quick and easy-to-use tool for looking up key information on all U.S. foundations. Learn about a foundation's background, purpose and activities, programs, funding interest areas, and financial data.  Registration for the free account is required.
  2. GrantWatch: is the ideal place for locating funding opportunities. GrantWatch makes it simple for small businesses and nonprofits to find funding opportunities from among thousands of unique and current grants. With the largest detailed listing of the newest nonprofit grants and grants for government agencies, small businesses and individuals.
  3. GuideStar: Guidestar gathers and disseminates information about every single IRS-registered nonprofit organization. We provide as much information as we can about each nonprofit's mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, governance, and so much more. 
  4. The SparkThe SPARK Grant-Finder Tool helps you locate funding for your Physical Education, After School, Early Childhood, Classroom Activity, or Coordinated School Health program. Grants can be used for curriculum, teacher training, or equipment. 
  5. Community Foundation of Tampa Bay: Our grants support a wide range of programs and organizations including education, conservation, arts and culture, workforce development, children and youth, efforts to end homelessness and hunger, assistance to the elderly, care for animals and many other causes. We work closely with nonprofits and community leaders to identify unmet needs and fund initiatives to reach long-term solutions.
  6. Duke University Funding Opportunities Database: Well maintained site of grant, award, and scholarship notices. Funding opportunities may be searched by funding agency, discipline, targeted opportunity and funding designation.