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Foundation Resources

For links to foundations that fund Research and Development, please see our Business and Technology Development group's Foundation Funding page. 

 

Foundations - Economic Development

  • Charles M. & Mary D. Grant Foundation - Supports community and economic development, health and human services, education and literacy. Support is generally project-related.
  • Duke Energy Foundation - Commitment to the community with a focus in three areas, specifically economic development.
  • Golden LEAF Foundation - Provides grants and investments that will positively affect the long-term economic advancement of the state. It gives priority in its grantmaking to tobacco-dependent and economically distressed counties.
  • Kauffman Foundation - Focuses on advancing entrepreneurship.
  • Kresge Foundation - Supports communities by building the capacity of nonprofit organizations in health, the environment, arts and culture, education, human services and community development.
  • Michael and Laura Brader-Araje Foundation - Supports innovative programs dedicated to children, education, health care, and women's rights.

Foundations - Education

  • American Honda Foundation - Supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM subjects in addition to the environment.
  • Amgen Foundation - Provides grants to raise the value of science literacy on a national and local level.
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - Help ensure greater opportunity for all Americans through the attainment of secondary and postsecondary education with genuine economic value.
  • Biogen Idec Foundation - Special emphasis on innovative ways to promote science literacy and encourage young people to consider science careers.
  • Braitmayer Foundation - Interested in K-12 education.
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Advancing the medical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities, including the Student Science Enrichment Program.
  • Charles M. & Mary D. Grant Foundation - Supports community and economic development, health and human services, education and literacy. Support is generally project-related.
  • Golden LEAF Foundation - Provides grants and investments that will positively affect the long-term economic advancement of the state. It gives priority in its grantmaking to tobacco-dependent and economically distressed counties.
  • Kresge Foundation - Supports communities by building the capacity of nonprofit organizations in health, the environment, arts and culture, education, human services and community development.
  • Lumina Foundation for Education - Supports efforts to increase awareness of the benefits of higher education, improved student access to and preparedness for college, improved student success in college and increased productivity across the higher education system.
  • Michael and Laura Brader-Araje Foundation - Supports innovative programs dedicated to children, education, health care, and women's rights.
  • NEA Foundation - Supports efforts to improve student learning in the nation's public education system.
  • North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation - Supports programs that promote the sciences, health, and education.
  • RGK Foundation - Funding in the broad areas of community, medicine/health, and education, where the foundation's interests are on programs that focus on formal K-12 education, teacher development, literacy, and higher education.
  • Toyota USA Foundation - Supports national programs focused on education, environmental and safety initiatives.
  • Wells Fargo - Supports organizations that promote academic achievement for low- and moderate-income students.
 See our STEM Funding Opportunities for more sites to help you locate K-12 STEM funding opportunities.

 

Other helpful foundation resources:

  • Foundation Center provides multiple resources for nonprofits that are seeking funding:

    • The Funding Information Network provides free public access to grantmaker and grant directories, books on fund-raising, grantwriting and nonprofit management, and electronic databases. Find one near you.

    • Foundation Directory Online Free​ offers basic information on grantmakers.

    • Foundation 990 Finder allows you to search by foundation for their IRS 990 reports (includes awards made); and also posts Requests for Proposals.

    • Foundation Directory Online is a database containing more than 76,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities, and a grants database of more than 350,000 grants. This is a fee-based database that NCBiotech has access to and uses for funding research requests.

  • Internal Revenue Service - Locate an organization and then search the organization's name to locate their 990 form.

  • Council on Foundations provides the opportunity, leadership and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance and sustain their ability to advance the common good.

  • Grantsmanship Center provides information on top grantmaking foundations, community foundations, and corporate giving programs by state. Find local funding sources in North Carolina.

 

*Please keep in mind that the lists above do not include all available grant-making foundations in the areas of economic development, education, and research.