Grantmaker Types of Support

Use this list to limit your search to a specific type of funding. A grantmaker may limit its giving to certain types of support.

Annual campaigns
Any organized effort by a nonprofit to secure gifts on an annual basis; also called annual appeals.
Building/Renovation
Grants for constructing, renovating, remodeling, or rehabilitating property. Includes general or unspecified capital support awards.
Capital Campaigns
Campaigns to raise funds for a variety of long-term purposes such as building construction or acquisition, endowments, land acquisition, etc.
Conferences/Seminars
Includes workshops.
Consulting Services
Professional staff support provided by the foundation to a nonprofit to consult on a project of mutual interest or to evaluate services (not a cash grant).
Continuing Support
Grants renewed on a regular basis.
Curriculum Development
Awards to schools, colleges, universities, and educational support organizations to develop general or discipline specific curricula.
Donated Equipment
Surplus furniture, office machines, paper, appliances, laboratory apparatus, or other items that may be given to charities, schools, or hospitals.
Donated Land
Land or developed property. Institutions of higher education often receive gifts of real estate; land has also been given to community groups for housing development or for parks or recreational facilities.
Emergency Funds
One-time grants to cover immediate short-term funding needs of a recipient organization on an emergency basis.
Employee Matching Gifts
Usually made by corporate foundations to match gifts made by corporate employees.
Employee Volunteer Services
Effort through which a company promotes involvement with nonprofits on the part of employees.
Endowment Funds
Bequests or gifts intended to be kept permanently and invested to provide income for continued support of an organization.
Equipment
Grants to purchase equipment, furnishings, or other materials.
General/Operating Support
Grants for the day-to-day operating costs of an existing program or organization or to further the general purpose or work of an organization. Also called unrestricted grants.
Grants to Individuals
These awards are given directly to individuals, not through other nonprofit organizations. Many grantmakers have a specific limitation stating no grants to individuals. In order to make grants to individuals, a foundation must have a program that has received formal IRS approval.
Land Acquisition
Grants to purchase real estate property.
Matching Funds
Grants made to match funds provided by another donor.
Program Development
Grants to support specific projects or programs as opposed to general purpose grants.
Program-Related Investments/Loans
Loans or other investments (as distinguished from grants) to organizations to finance projects related to the foundation's stated charitable purpose and interests. Student loans are classified under "Student aid funds."
Public Relations Srvices
May include printing and duplicating, audiovisual and graphic arts services, helping to plan special events such as festivals, piggyback advertising (advertisements that mention a company while also promoting a nonprofit), and public service advertising.
Publication
Grants to fund reports or other publications issued by a nonprofit resulting from research or projects of interest to the foundation.
Research
Funds to cover the costs of investigations and clinical trials, including demonstration and pilot projects. (Research grants for individuals are usually referred to as fellowships.)
Scholarship Funds (Institutional Support)
These are funds awarded to institutions which then distribute them to individuals through their own programs.
Scholarships to Individuals
These are funds awarded to individuals through programs administered by the grantmaker.
Seed Money
Grants to start, establish, or initiate new projects or organizations; may cover salaries and other operating expenses of a new project. Also called "startup funds."
Sponsorships
Endorsements of charities by corporations or corporate contributions to charitable events.
Technical assistance
Operational or management assistance given to nonprofit organizations, including fundraising assistance, budgeting and financial planning, program planning, legal advice, marketing, and other aids to management.

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