Finding the right funding sources just got a lot faster!
Thanks to the generosity of the Vincentian Solidarity Office the MPS Funding Guide Indexes (pages 44-71) have been converted into a searchable electronic database.
For those with computer access the searchable electronic database will be a significant time-save in matching eligible funders with your project needs.
Instead of filling through multiple pages of data contained in the hard copy version of the MPS Funding Guide the database can provide matching funders in seconds.
If you have access to Excel, you may download a copy of the searchable electronic database for your own personal use directly from the MPS website’s Member Resource Library. You will be most successful with the database if you have at least a basic understanding of Excel.
Follow these instructions below to do your electronic searches:
- Download and save a copy of the appropriate index (English, French or Spanish) to your computer and open in Excel.
- Input. Begin a search by inputting your specific criteria, utilizing the filter function of the columns that appear in ROW 2.
- Review. As you input your particular criteria the spreadsheet will automatically update so you can quickly determine which funding sources may be the best candidates for your projects.
- Research. Research individual funders you’re given in the pages of the Funding Guide (hardcopy or electronic) as specified in Column C.
SAMPLE INPUTS/SEARCH PERAMITERS (use the FILTER function to select or de-select search criteria based on your needs):
AREA (columns E-K)
TYPE OF AID GIVEN (columns L-Q)
FIELD OF INTREST (columns R-AA)
FOCUS (columns AB-AF)
PASTORAL (to view the Pastoral worksheet, click on Pastoral tab at the bottom left side of the page)
AREA (columns E-K)
TYPE OF AID GIVEN (L-U)
A few notes:
Remember to clear your filters after each use!
Although MPS cannot provide private instructional training or support for using the searchable electronic database, but we are confidant you will succeed by following the steps above. Additionally, you can learn more about how filters work by accessing the Excel HELP database. Simply click on the purple question mark on the top right side of the Excel toolbar (see image below) and type in Filter.