Finding gifts/grants from institutional funders and successfully applying for them can be a challenge. To support Georgetown faculty and staff through this process, the Office of Institutional Partnerships (OIP) has compiled and created the following training resources.

The OIP team offers remote and in-person training sessions for Georgetown faculty and staff interested in grant-seeking. Open training sessions will be offered in Fall 2024. You can also reach us at to book a training session or ask any questions.

Doing Prospect Research (30-45 min)

Learn how to:

  • Develop a grant-seeking strategy
  • Find funding opportunities quickly, efficiently, and effectively
  • Use major grant and foundation databases
  • Create profiles that do prospect research for you

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Candid Learning also provides free, self-paced online trainings and periodic remote trainings on how to find and apply for grants.

Writing Letters of Inquiry (LOI) (30-45 min)

Learn how to:

  • Identify funder priorities and values
  • Frame your project to attract funder attention
  • Avoid common LOI writing mistakes
  • Write an LOI that sparks excitement and leads to deeper engagement with the funder

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  • Foundation Directory

    Foundation Directory Online (FDO) provides comprehensive information on U.S. grantmakers and their funding activities. Full access to FDO is provided to Georgetown users through the university library.

  • Community of Science PIVOT

    CoS Pivot is used for discovering funding opportunities and supporting collaboration in the research development field. Use the “Advanced Search” function in CoS Pivot to find grant opportunities that are most relevant for your program or project.

  • Philanthropy News Digest (PND)

    PND publishes Request for Proposals (RFP) listings daily. Each RFP listing provides a brief overview of a current funding opportunity offered by a foundation or other grantmaking organization. You can search listings by subject (see “Browse by Subject” option on upper left side of RFP page). You can create a profile on PND (free) to receive emails with RFPs based on your subject interest.

  • Guidestar

    Guidestar provides information about IRS-registered nonprofit organizations and includes documents like the Form 990, which provides information on giving for the proscribed year (to whom and what amount). In order to view information and documents, users must create a free account.