The Origins of GrantSelect
GrantSelect has its roots in academic research. Back in 1973, the founder of Oryx Press, a Phoenix-based information publisher, purchased the card file from an academic research administrator in New York. The card file contained information on post graduate research and demonstration grants and was then converted into a magnetic tape database. From the database a monthly series of faculty bulletins were generated in various subject areas for college and university grants offices. A year later, a hardcover annual volume, Directory of Research Grants, was produced from the same database for sale to libraries. And a year after that, the GRANTS file went online.
As the database grew, more directories were generated, Directory of Grants in the Humanities and Directory of Biomedical and Health Care Grants. By 1990 the GRANTS database was then introduced to the Internet as GrantSelect.
In 2000, Oryx Press was acquired by Greenwood Publishing, which included the rights and responsibilities of the GrantSelect. The database continued to expand, and other titles were offered in print, including Funding Sources for K-12 Education, Funding Sources for Community and Economic Development, Operating Grants for Nonprofit Organizations, and Funding Sources for Children and Youth Programs.
By 2006, Greenwood decided to discontinue the online service of GrantSelect and was ready to shut its electronic doors on the database. However Schoolhouse Partners, an education and grants consulting firm in Central Indiana, acquired GrantSelect from Greenwood Publishing. The database has returned to its grassroots and continues to offer a broad range of grant opportunties for academic research as well as community projects.