Grant Funding Opportunities

This list includes grant funding opportunities for which one or both Manchester University campuses qualify. The list will be updated frequently, and more opportunities will be added soon. If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Harmon at ext. 5211 or

American Honda Foundation supports youth (up to 21 years) education in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — and the environment with grants from $20,000 to $75,000 for one year. Deadlines: Feb. 1, May 1, Aug. 1 and Nov. 1.

American Pharmacists Association Foundation encourages research and projects that advance the knowledge and practice of pharmacy and communicate the value of pharmaceutical care to the general public.

American Psychological Foundation supports psychology education of talented high school students to nurture the next generation of psychologists with its Pre-College Grant Program. APF makes awards for up to $20,000. Deadline is May 1, 2014.

Arts United has two opportunities, the Neighborhood Grant Initiative, up to $2,000 for special arts and cultural projects (IPFW received one for sculptural bike racks), and Regional Initiative Grants (U of Saint Francis received one for a lecture series) for new or existing arts and cultural projects. Deadline: Late spring 2014.

Association of American Colleges and Universities, Bringing Theory to Practice promotes engaged learning, civic engagement and development and the psychosocial well-being of college students. Seminar grants of up to $1,000 are available to bring together diverse members of the campus community for meaningful conversations. Next two deadlines are Dec. 15, 2013, and March 15, 2014.

Edward D. Ione Auer Foundation limits giving to Fort Wayne for arts, higher education, human services. Initial approach: one-page concept letter.

Ball Brothers Venture Fund, administered by Independent Colleges of Indiana, provides seed money for innovative startup programs at ICI member institutions. Awards up to $25,000. Next deadline: mid-April 2014. See last year’s brochure at:

The Center for Decision Research (CDR) at the Chicago Booth Center sponsors grant competitions for work that uses behavioral science to explain or inform the ways that people pursue, experience or fulfill purpose in their lives. Next deadline expected early fall 2014. 

Community Foundation of Wabash County funds projects that benefit Wabash County residents in areas of the arts, education, recreation, health care, the environment, education, and economic development. $5,000 or less. Deadlines: Sept. 15 and March 15.

Community Pharmacy Foundation funds research and projects that highlight new and emerging innovations in patient care. Various grant programs available.

FINRA—Investor Education Foundation funds research and/or educational projects that support its mission of providing underserved Americans with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary for financial success throughout life. The foundation funds projects that will reach and actively engage at-risk audiences, such as seniors and first-time investors. No set amounts for the grants awarded. Concept papers accepted on Feb. 8, April 11 and July 12.

William T. Grant Foundation supports research in the social, behavioral and health sciences that improves the lives of youths ages 8 to 25 in the U.S. Initial approach: letter of inquiry.

Indiana Campus Compact advances the public purpose of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and educate students for civic and social responsibility. Possibilities include Service Engagement Grants to support student, professional staff or faculty projects that establish service engagement as a core component; Engaged Campus Grants that support the embedment of service engagement into campus culture; Sponsored Research for Service Engagement that broadly examines the deep impact of service engagement and campus and community partnerships; and the Faculty Fellows Program that supports scholars in a year-long learning community experience. Awards generally range from $2,000 to $5,000 and deadlines vary.

JWF Foundation Grant Program for Innovative and Creative Peace Projects awards up to $50,000 for projects from a broad range of disciplines, skills, approaches to promoting peaceful co-existence and peace building in education, multiculturalism, mediation and negotiation, poverty reduction, gender equality and more. Next deadline expected early fall 2014.

The Lawrence Foundation provides both program and operating grants to organizations working to solve pressing educational, environmental, health and other issues, typically in the range of $3,000 to $5,000. Applications are due April 30 and Nov. 1 for their two annual cycles.

National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation supports pharmacy education programs that address the needs of community pharmacy practice; research efforts documenting community pharmacy’s role and value in the U.S. health care system; effective and safe use of medicines, and more. Awards typically range from $20,000 to $50,000. Rolling deadline; a letter of inquiry starts the process.

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association awards up to $5,000 to educational institutions seeking to enhance ethnic diversity within the athletic training profession. Next deadline is April 1, 2014.

National Endowment for Financial Education supports practical, reliable and unbiased financial education and research in financial literacy education. A concept inquiry form is the first step.

Gustavus and Louis Pfeiffer Research Foundation makes grants for medical and pharmacy school research projects in the range of $25,000 to $100,000 for the improvement of public health through the advancement of medicine and pharmacy. Initial contact is letter of inquiry (LOI).

Rational Games Inc. awards small grants program for nonprofit organizations that have demonstrated innovative approaches to conflict resolution through the use of games or play. Up to $20,000. Next deadline expected in late September 2014.

Research Corporation for Science Advancement supports research of science faculty at various career stages at primarily undergraduate institutions.

The Samuel Rubin Foundation Inc. awards grants for the pursuit of peace and justice, and to promote social, economic, political, civil and cultural rights. Deadlines: first Friday of January, May and September.

U.S. Institute of Peace Public Education for Peacebuilding grant program is open to all colleges and universities interested in hosting events addressing international peace and conflict resolution, including workshops, lectures, speakers and web-based forums. Up to $2,000. Deadline: early May 2014.

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