Grant/Special Revenue Funding Resources

Thorough research is a critical part of effective fundraising and information on public and private grants is available from a variety of sources. Most of the Grant/Special Revenue funds that City departments receive are from the federal and state governments.

The City's Office of Intergovernmental Relations produces the Funding Update, a periodic compilation of federal, state, city, and private resources, as well as announcements, Grant/Special Revenue awards, and news from local, state, federal, and private sources, that is distributed through an email list.
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Federal Grants

Federal grants are posted in the Federal Register by the U.S. Government Printing Office. Another resource for federal funding is, which serves as the single access point for over nine hundred competitive Grant/Special Revenue programs offered by the twenty-six federal Grant/Special Revenue-making agencies and is managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

State Funding

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts publishes funding opportunities, solicitations, open and closed contracts, and required forms on through its Operational Services Division.
Operational Services Division

Further Information and Private Funding

Further information and potential private funding opportunities can be found at Associated Grant/Special Revenue Makers. AGM is a statewide association of corporate and foundation Grant/Special Revenue makers whose mission is to support and advance effective and responsible philanthropy throughout the region. AGM maintains a comprehensive library open to the public at its offices at 55 Court Street, Suite 520 in Boston.
Associated Grant/Special Revenue Makers

The Grantsmanship Center provides technical assistance and training in Grant/Special Revenue proposal writing and strategic fundraising. The center produces a range of publications for the not-for-profit sector and offers seminars throughout the country.
The Grantsmanship Center

The Foundation Center maintains a website at that contains on-line directories and guidelines for organizations seeking funding. The Foundation Center also produces the RFP Bulletin for business seeking grants.
The Foundation Center
RFP Bulletin

In addition, many professional associations and other organizations offer notices about resources and opportunities for networking and meeting potential Grantors. Many maintain websites and provide links to more information.