Working with Foundations

The Foundation Relations team in GW’s Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations provides faculty with an array of services to help them secure funding from private foundations. Our staff follow the latest foundation trends and have deep insights into what makes for a competitive grant proposal. Foundation Relations officers partner with faculty members to navigate the foundation proposal process and submit a strategic proposal through the Office of Sponsored Projects.

Our staff can:

  • Conduct personalized prospect research based on faculty members’ research, projects and programs;
  • Provide background and context on GW’s funding relationship with a particular foundation;
  • Connect faculty with colleagues who have received funding from a foundation that a faculty member is interested in approaching;
  • Advise faculty in all phases of proposal development, including concept papers, letters of intent/inquiry, and proposal narratives;
  • Connect faculty to foundation program staff and advise on strategies for relationship building and management; and
  • Coordinate visits and events between GW and foundations.



Find Funding

Find Funding

Browse funding opportunities, take advantage of our subscription to Foundation Directory Online, or search PIVOT for research funding.

See Funding Options
Prepare and Apply

Prepare and Apply

From finding the right funder to building your case, we work with you to submit a strong proposal.

Steps for a strong application
Manage your Research Funding

Manage Your Grant

Ensure a thriving relationship between foundation benefactors with strategic reporting and stewardship.  We can help!

Manage Your Foundation Grants

Funding Notes


Limited Submission Opportunities

LSOs are grant opportunities wherein GW can only put forward a limited number of proposals. We guide faculty through the process and partner with the OVPR to select the most competitive proposals.


Priority Foundations

There are a number of foundations with which GW has a longstanding partnership and current or pending grants in place. Please contact us before reaching out to a foundation or corporation on the list.



Contact Us

Questions?  We're here to help. Contact us for assistance seeking or stewarding private funding.

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Gift vs Grant?

Grants are more restrictive in process and protocol than gifts. We're here to help you navigate the process.