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Planning: The Idea Stage

The Grants Office uses a methodical process to plan applications for external funding that will advance the College’s strategic plan and achieve a significant return on investment. 

The Grants Office maintains a Grants Agenda which lists deadlines for all anticipated recurring projects and renewals during each year. Grant opportunities that arise during the year and are not on the agenda are assessed in consultation with Sinclair leadership and potential project teams, allowing us to make critical go/no-go decisions based on evidence showing what will be feasible and effective. 

If you have an idea that needs external funding:

  • Get connected with professional associations in your field and subscribe to newsletters to ensure that you hear about new grant opportunities.
  • Stay in touch with colleagues and contacts at other colleges and in government and business to stay apprised of their grant-related efforts.
  • Use the links below to discover funding opportunities that may be a good match for your idea.
  • Schedule a meeting with one of us to share your idea and learn more about the Grants Office’s processes. 

Finding Grant Opportunities

To find federal, state, and private funding for your department’s projects and ideas, please explore the links provided here. 

  • is an electronic grant submission portal for more than 900 federal grant-making agencies. Search for grant opportunities and register for notifications about future grant opportunities.
  • The National Science Foundation funds grants related to science, mathematics, and engineering technology.
  • The Advanced Technological Education Program focuses on two-year colleges and supports programs that focus on the education of technicians for high-technology fields.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor funds projects related to workforce development.
  • The Ohio Grants Partnership provides a searchable list of funding opportunities posted by the State of Ohio. 
  • The Ohio Arts Council funds arts experiences that strengthen Ohio artistically, educationally, and culturally. 
  • The Ohio Humanities Council supports projects that make the humanities widely and easily accessible to the general public.
  • The Grants Office subscribes to several searchable online grantmaker directories where we can search for funders and funding opportunities that match your ideas. 
  • We receive regular updates from well-known funders in the higher education field such as the ECMC Foundation and The Aspen Institute.
  • We also maintain our own directory of Dayton-area foundations that make grants to local organizations, which we can use to identify potential private funding opportunities.