'funding of' vs 'funding for'

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Does 'funding of' and 'funding for' exactly mean the same thing in the following expressions? I have checked some dictionaries, many of which only show the use of 'funding for', but it is common for writers to use 'funding of'.

federal funding of embryonic stem vs federal funding for embryonic stem
the funding of creative artisists vd the funding for creative artists
funding of homeland security vs funding for homeland security

Thank you for your reply ^^
  • Glasguensis

    Signal Modulation
    English - Scotland
    No, they do not mean the same thing. We typically use "of" when we are referring to an entity which provides all of the funding for an activity. When we are referring to a contribution to the funding of an activity we can use either of or for.
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