The Foundation Center helps grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public better understand the field of philanthropy.
The Library is a member of the Foundation Center Cooperating Collections Network and has a core collection of resources that individual researchers and nonprofit organizations can use to research funding opportunities from grantmaking foundations and corporations. The collection includes grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and resources to assist in the grant seeking process. This collection is located on the second floor and available for use the hours the Library is open. No appointment is necessary. Normal copy charges apply ($.10 per page).
As a member of the Foundation Center’s nationwide network of libraries, community foundations and related agencies, the Library also offers access to the Foundation Center’s electronic databases which are available free for you to use here IN THE LIBRARY. Ask the Reference Desk for the username and password.
FOUNDATION DIRECTORY ONLINE
This fully searchable database includes detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, as well as an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation's top funders and is designed to guide you quickly to the information you are looking for, including instruction on funding research, help with proposal writing, and tools for locating prospective funders.
FOUNDATION GRANTS TO INDIVIDUALS ONLINE
This database offers detailed descriptions of more than 6,000 foundation programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. The foundations listed provide a wide range of funding support for individuals for purposes including scholarships, student loans, fellowships, program development, internships, professorships, arts and cultural projects, research, awards/grants by nomination only and general welfare.
In/Sight combines the Foundation Center’s rich data on grantmakers and their grants with Google maps to tell the story of philanthropy. Choosing from a wide range of customization options, users can quickly create maps that reveal patterns of giving and funding relationships as never before. Plus, users can overlay grant data with their choice of over 150 demographic, socio-economic, and other data sets to create compelling visual portraits showing where philanthropy has made an impact and where opportunities exist to fill critical needs.
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Grants.gov is your source to find and apply for federal government grants. There are over 1,000 grant programs offered by all federal grant making agencies. Grants.gov allows organizations to electronically find and apply for more than $400 billion in federal grants research.
Rural Assistance Center (RAC)
RAC helps rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the full range of available programs, funding, and research that can enable them to provide quality health and human services to rural residents.