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Grants / Fundraising

Grants / Fundraising

Federal –

Foundation Center Directory

Government Printing Office Grants and Awards

Grantsmanship Center

            MSU Library Database

            Proposal (& links)

Small Business Administration

US General Services Administration Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)

Council on Foundations Enables to locate regional and local foundations

The Foundation Center’s Literature of the Nonprofit Sector Online - a searchable database of the literature of philanthropy. It incorporates the contents of the Foundation Center's five libraries and contains more than 23,440 full bibliographic citations. It is updated daily.

Foundations Online – Directory of Charitable Grantmakers - Service of the Northern California Community Foundation, Inc.

Global Fund for Women - Grantmaking foundations whose one of the goals is to increase girls’ access to education.

Internal Revenue Service: Search for Charities
A searchable database that can be used to determine whether an organization is a private foundation or a public charity. An electronic version of the Cumulative List of Organizations (Publication 78), the database provides an organization's name, city of location, and tax-exempt status.,,id=96136,00.html

Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library
The Web site of the library that serves the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy. The Library's focus is on philanthropy as a field of study and it collects books, dissertations, and other materials about philanthropy and its role in societies over time. Its staff compiles and produces the Philanthropic Studies Index, which indexes journal literature on topics and issues concerning the nonprofit sector.

Nonprofit Expert

Prospect Research Page
Assembled by David Lamb, this page lists sites frequently used by university prospect researchers. In addition to information about foundations and corporations, the page includes sites useful for researching private individual donors.



This site is very much a portal on funding--books, grant sites and a host of other "active channel" links are available such as "Women Grants" and an alphabetical list of foundations online.


This site is brought to you free courtesy of HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) and AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). It includes funding opportunities for those in biomedical research and the sciences (including math, engineering and technology). The site's focus is funding for those in training in the above areas such as medical students, graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty.

Grants and Related Resources Links

This site is a compilation of funding links from University of Michigan Libraries. See two highlighted links below from this site. Also visit the above site link to see a listing of more World wide Web Resources on funding. Check out the Grantmaker Affinity Groups link, which is a portal to many specialty funding sites such as Africa Grantmakers, Funders Concerned About AIDS, Hispanics in Philanthropy and Grantmakers in Health.

Grants for Individuals

This site is geared for individuals rather than organizations seeking grants and funds. Funding opportunities are broken down by academic need ranging from pre-college to postdoctoral funding, by population group (e.g. gay, minorities, women) and by subject
(e.g. chemistry, medicine, nursing, sciences to name a few).

Grants for Nonprofits: Health

GuideStar: The National Database of Non-Profit Organizations

This is a nonprofit database that boasts over three million IRS form 990 images. Though the site offers products and services, most items such as those in the GuideStar Report, including recent 990 IRS forms are frely accessible. Register for free access to GuideStar.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

This institute awards two categories of grants--to individuals and to research organizations supporting science education. Grants are competitive and must fit specific criteria from HHMI. Do check out the Awards Database to see what categories of grants have been awarded and the monies to support that grant.

InfoEd International

This is a research and development portal with clickable icons that can link you to search such resources as SPIN, GENIUS SMARTS Search, U.S. Patents, USDA's Agricola and even Medline. Access to resources requires a user name and password.

Fund$Raiser Cyberzine

Philantrophy News Digest(PND) [from Foundation Center]


Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Brief basics of grant writing put out by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Foundation Center’s Proposal Writing Short Course
Detailed, step-by-step guide to writing grants.
Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal
Created by a Michigan State University professor, the site gives writing hints and examples for each part of a grant proposal.

Center for Urban Mental Health

This Chicago State University site offers a "Useful Research" area which includes links to many grantwriting and NIH grant resources. NIH grants]

Fundsnet Grants/Proposal Writing

This is a private site created in 1996 with the intent of reaching out to those in the grant world from colleges and universities. The site does offer links to some fund services, but (arguably) one of its few gems is the links to grant and proposal writing. Fundraising links are also available.

How to Develop and Write a Grant Proposal

This resource comes from the Congressional Reseach Service. Tips for writing porposal sections--from the cover letter to the appendix are detailed. The overall grant process is also reviewed.

Proposal Writing Short Course

This is a link from The Foundation Center providing tips and at times examples of how to do a certain proposal section. The document is short as stated, but appears valuable. It can be viewed in English, Spanish, or French.


          Federal Resources

         Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

         Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

         Commerce Business Daily

         Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects (CRISP)

         Federal Register


         GrantsNet from Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

         National Science Foundation Grants and Awards

         National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grants and Fund Opportunities

o        NIH Biomedical Information Science and Technology Initiative (BISTI)

o        NIH Contracts

o        NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts

o        NIH Office of Extramural Research

o        NIH Research Training Opportunities

o        NIH Center for Scientific Review

         U. S. Department of Education Grants
 for Nonprofits
A website that includes federal funding information, tax information, and other material useful to nonprofit organizations.


Community Foundations Annotated links to grant-making community foundations. Organized by state. Clicking on the state brings up annotated links.
Corporate Grantmaker Search
Annotated links to corporate foundations by subject or geographic keyword. Provides links directly to web sites of corporate grantmakers.
Foundation Center for People with Disabilities
Funding resources for people with disabilities. An area of the Foundation Center website to help people with disabilities who are using adaptive technology to navigate the site and for grantseekers for disability-related programs and issues.
Foundation DataBook
State-specific directory for CA, IA,KY, NE, LA,OK, OR, & WA. Databases of grant-making foundations with a categorical listing of all grants made for the most recent year on record.
Foundation Directory Online
For individual grant-seekers, a fee-based search of foundations, grant-makers, and grants. Subscription with online access to 6000+ foundations & public charity programs. Has excellent free material on grant-seeking advice and interactive e-learning course on topics such as budgeting, proposal writing, & finding foundation support for education. Plus FAQs on where to find information on grants to individuals, resources for individuals with disabilities, etc.
Foundation Finder
Search by name for basic information about more than 70,000 private & community foundations. Includes address, phone, contact, email & website, type, & assets.
Database with over a half million tax returns from almost 100,000 private foundations & charitable trusts. Shows grants & amounts given during the year. Most recent data from 2005.
Free registration allows access to detailed information about charitable organizations.
Private Foundations
Annotated links to private foundations by subject or geographic keyword. Provides links directly to web sites of private grantmakers.

Public Charities
Charity Reports maintained by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance provide an overview of charities' programs and finances. The reports indicate whether a charity meets the standards established by the Council of Better Business Bureaus.

Sponsored by Action Without Borders, this Web site provides a geographically-arranged listing of nonprofit organizations located throughout the world.