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Introduction to Funding Opportunities

Find Funding with Pivot

Getting Started in Pivot

Tips for Searching Pivot

  • It’s never too early to start looking for possible funding opportunities.
  • Start by writing a short, lay-language prospectus. This will help you identify key concepts for your search.
  • Search using broader terms and not just the specific terms of your project.
  • Attack from multiple directions: funders, recipients, announcements, and previously funded programs.
  • Use Pivot-defined keywords and look for patterns.
  • Search for a expert profile, and replicate the logic of the funding matches.
  • Keep track of what you've found, including funders to follow and search terms and limits that are especially fruitful.

When to Go beyond Pivot

Pivot may not always be the best fit. Here are some considerations for when you should go beyond Pivot: