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Grants & Grant Writing

A description of print and online resources that can assist you in locating and obtaining funding for education, research and non-profit projects.

What is Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is a way to raise funds for a specific cause or project by asking a large number of people to donate money, usually in small amounts, and usually during a relatively short period of time, such as a few months (Foundation Center, 2017). Crowdfunding is done online, often with social networks, which make easy for supporters to share a cause or project cause with their social networks.

Organizations, businesses, and individuals alike can use crowdfunding for any type of project, for example: charitable cause; creative project; business startup; school tuition; or personal expenses.

For more information about crowdfunding, visit What is Crowdfunding via the Foundation Center's Grantspace Portal.

Articles & Blogs

Crowdfunding resources

This page was adapted from the Michigan State University, Crowdfunding. Permission Jon Harrison, 2017.