Funding Opportunities

The Federal Government, State Government, local municipalities, and private foundations are all great sources of grant funding. While mining this multitude of opportunities can seem overwhelming at first, there are a number of resources available to help you find a perfect match of a funding agency to your project.   


Pivot provides research professionals, faculty members and students with access to the most comprehensive source of funding opportunities globally. Pivot is offered to the SHU community through the collaboration of the Sacred Heart University Library and OSP.

To sign up for a Pivot account: visit and click the “Log In” option in the upper right of the screen. Clicking on “sign up” will present a screen where you can choose to create your account. To gain access to Pivot, indicate you are a member of Sacred Heart University, and use your SHU email address as the login name.  You will receive an email with a validation link to confirm registration to Pivot. Once you click on the validation link, access will be granted. You may use the search bar below to start looking for opportunities that match your interest.

For further assistance with Pivot, contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at

State and Municipal Grants 

Various departments in the State of Connecticut offer grant programs. In addition, local municipalities will sometimes offer grant programs or seek assistance in a research or other project. 

Federal Funding Opportunities 

The Federal Government offers a wealth of information and funding opportunities online at Grants.Gov. Search for grants by keyword or agency and subscribe to receive notifications from programs or agencies of interest. Please note that all grants must be applied for through the Office of Sponsored Programs.  

Professional Associations and other Organizations

Are you a member of a professional association? Is there an organization that supports your discipline or industry? Many professional associations and organizations offer discipline-specific grant opportunities. Visit their website and search for “grants” or “funding opportunities.” Some of these include: 

Internal Grants 

For information about grants offered internally at SHU, such as the Naclerio Faculty Scholars Grant, the ACT grant, and URCG grant, visit Internal Grants.  

Learning Center 

Whether you are new to grant seeking or looking to improve your skills, the Foundation Center offers a wealth of information, through its service GrantSpace. Explore GrantSpace’s tools, articles and training opportunities to learn about grant writing, how to find funding opportunities, budgeting, and much more. 

Grants Learning Center
The Grants Learning Center on the Federal Government website Grants.Gov is an invaluable resource for finding, assessing, applying for and managing Federal grants. 

AHRQ Tips for Grant Applicants
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) offers grant seekers an overview of the application process, review criteria, writing tips, and where to find funding announcements.