Selected Grants and Fundraising Resources

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Last reviewed: May 7, 2014

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General Resources

Council on Foundations
The Council's mission is to guide foundations and corporations in their day-to-day grant-making activities. It does not provide services to grant-seekers. However, the site provides an abundance of philanthropic background information, including a glossary of terms and an alphabetical list of links to Council members' Web sites.
http://www.cof.org/

The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center collects, organizes, analyzes and distributes information on foundations. The Web site includes the top U.S. Foundations by total giving, starting points for grant seekers, grantmaker Web sites and a nationwide list of Cooperating Collections (free funding information centers), which includes the New York State Library.
http://foundationcenter.org/

Fundsnet Online Services
A directory of over 700 financial resources on the Web. It features a nonprofit forum for exchanging ideas, financial aid and scholarship resources for students, a quick reference guide to region-specific grantmakers, and new funding announcements.
http://www.fundsnetservices.com/

Getting Grants
Find funding sources online through libraryspot.com. The site includes grantwriting tips, government sources, foundations, and offline resources.
http://www.libraryspot.com/features/grantsfeature.htm

Grant Resources on the Net
Contains links and contact information for grant resources and foundations.
http://www.lib.lsu.edu/sp/subjects/grant

Grants and Related Resources
A collection of reference guides to Grant and Funding resources through the Michigan State University Libraries.
http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/index.htm

GRANTS, ETC.
This site enables novice and advanced grantseekers, funders and fundraisers, and donors to access relevant information throughout the Internet.
http://www.ssw.umich.edu/resources/index2.html?collection=grants

GrantSpace
GrantSpace, a service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of nonprofits worldwide in need of know-how for securing funding and operating effective organizations. GrantSpace services include access to webinars, podcasts, reference assistance, training and events, further resources for grants, and much more.
http://www.grantspace.org

Idealist
A project of Action Without Borders, a global coalition dedicated to finding solutions to social and environmental problems. Idealist contributes to this mission by listing 20,000 nonprofit and community organizations in 140 countries, tools for nonprofits, nonprofit jobs, and Web resources for managing and funding nonprofit organizations.
http://www.idealist.org/

LearnPhilanthropy
Browse philanthropy resources by topic. This site also includes a directory of philanthropy learning providers.
http://learnphilanthropy.net/

Nonprofit Fund-raising Web Resources
A starting point for those interested in information on foundations, fundraising, proposal writing, philanthropy, government funding, nonprofit organizations, planned giving, prospect research, and voluntarism.
http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/4fcelec.htm

Nonprofit Good Practice Guide
Provides key information to help manage non-profit organizations with articles, standards of practice, resources, and glossaries.
http://www.npgoodpractice.org/

onPhilanthropy
Provides articles, news, job listings and a free e-newsletter for non-profit, philanthropy and corporate social engagement professionals.
http://onphilanthropy.com/

Environment/Green

Green Building Funding Opportunities
Numerous sources of funding for green building are available at the national, state, and local levels for homeowners, industry, government organizations, and nonprofits. The links on this page are provided to help you find a variety of funding sources, including grants, tax-credits, loans, or others.
http://www.epa.gov/greenbuilding/tools/funding.htm

Federal Government

The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
A compilation of Federal programs, projects, services, and activities which provide assistance or benefits to the American public. A new edition of the catalog is issued each June and updated in December.
http://www.cfda.gov/

Federal Register
The official publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices from Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html

Grants.Gov
Site for organizations to find and apply for grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies.
http://www.grants.gov/

National Endowment for the Humanities
The NEH funds projects and programs that preserve and study our cultural heritage. Its site includes grant application guidelines and deadlines, new funding announcements, a directory of State Humanities Councils, and a list of NEH-supported projects.
http://www.neh.gov/

National Institutes of Health
The NIH funds the medical research of scientists at universities, hospitals, medical schools and research institutions in the U.S. and abroad. This site includes information about ongoing grant programs and special initiatives and application instructions and forms for grant programs, fellowships, research projects and career development awards.
http://www.nih.gov/

National Science Foundation
This independent U.S. government agency invests over $3.3 billion per year in science and engineering research through grants, contracts and cooperative agreements. The site includes information on grants and awards. It also has online application forms for these grants and awards.
http://www.nsf.gov/

SAMHSA Grants Opportunities
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Federal agency responsible for improving rehabilitative services for substance abuse and mental illness, issues grants to state and local governments, treatment centers, nonprofit organizations, and others to achieve its mandate. The site lists current and ongoing grant opportunities, assistance with grant applications, and information on technical assistance workshops.
http://www.samhsa.gov/grants/

U.S. Department of Education
Information on grants, contracts, application forms and deadlines.
http://www.ed.gov/funding.html

Fundraising

Association of Fundraising Professionals
Membership association of professional fundraisers which promotes high fundraising ethics and standards. The site features a directory of fundraising consultants and news releases.
http://www.afpnet.org/

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Fund-Raising Resources
Fund-raising Web sites compiled by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The site provides information on direct mail campaigns, non-profit management, fund-raising seminars, sample fund-raising plans, tools to evaluate campaigns, and state-by-state registration requirements.
http://philanthropy.com/fundraising/

Fundraiser Cyberzine
Online magazine with information on how-to and hands-on ideas in the world of fundraising.
http://www.fundsraiser.com/

Fundraising Ideas and Products Center
Contains information on various ideas for different types of fundraisers as well as fundraising tips.
http://www.fundraising-ideas.org/

Web-Wise Fundraising
Pros and cons of how the Internet can be utilized by nonprofits. Originally presented by Paul Ventura at the 1997 New England Nonprofit Exposition at Brandeis University.
http://www.sover.net/~paulven/workshop/wwf1.html

Grant and Proposal Writing

Developing and Writing Grant Proposals
The Federal government's guide to writing grants.
https://www.cfda.gov/?static=grants&s=generalinfo&mode=list&tab=list&tabmode=list

EPA Grant Writing Tutorial
Produced by the Environmental Protection Agency and Purdue University to help with the process and paperwork of applying for grants, Federal grants in particular. It includes a number of tips on structure, requirements, links to forms, examples, resources, and a tutorial program.
http://www.epa.gov/epahome/grants.htm

Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant Search
Search for available grants from IMLS. This site also contains tips for creating well-designed projects and sample grant applications.
http://www.imls.gov/

Non-Profit Guides: Grant Writing Tools for Non-Profit Organizations
An overview of grant writing, with sample proposal summaries, inquiry letters, cover letters, and applications.
http://www.npguides.org/

A Proposal Writing Short Course
A nuts-and-bolts guide to writing a winning grant proposal. Excerpted from The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing by Jane C. Geever and Patricia McNeill.
http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/tutorials/shortcourse/index.html

Guidance for Givers

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance
Information to help donors and charities, including the BBB Wise Giving Reports and BB Accredited Charity Directory.
http://www.bbb.org/us/charity/

Charity Navigator
A database with the ratings for over 2,500 charities in the U.S., including details and comparisons with like organizations.
http://www.charitynavigator.org/

Council on Foundations
The Council's mission is to guide foundations and corporations in their day-to-day grant-making activities. It does not provide services to grant-seekers. Provides an abundance of information for philanthropic people and organizations.
http://www.cof.org/

DMA Nonprofit Federation
An advocacy organization for nonprofits. The National Federation of Nonprofits and the Direct Marketing Association’s Nonprofit Council merged in 2000 and became the DMA Nonprofit Federation.
http://www.nonprofitfederation.org/

GuideStar
GuideStar seeks to improve the effectiveness of the nonprofit sector by providing a searchable database of nonprofit organizations in the U.S; includes Forms 990-PF (financial disclosure forms filed by charities with the Internal Revenue Service) for 61,000 private foundations.
http://www.guidestar.org/

National Center for Charitable Statistics
A project of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute, the NCCS is the national repository of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States; includes Forms 990 which are financial disclosure forms filed by charities with the Internal Revenue Service.
http://nccs.urban.org

Service Space (formerly Charity Focus)
Information to inspire and help those interested in giving.
http://www.servicespace.org/

Libraries

Funding Information Network
A state-by-state listing of Funding Information Network libraries and other nonprofit resource centers. Funding Information Network libraries, which include the New York State Library, provide free public access to a basic collection of Foundation Center publications.
http://fdncenter.org/collections/index.html

New York

Grants Action News
Notices on available New York State and Federal government grants.
http://assembly.state.ny.us/gan/

New York State Council for the Arts
The New York State Council for the Arts makes over 2500 grants to arts organizations throughout New York State. Information about current funding opportunities and past grants is provided.
http://www.nysca.org/public/home.cfm

New York State Grants Gateway
The New York State Grats Gateway consists of two sections. The Grants Opportunity Portal provides one stop shopping for grants seekers looking for grant opportunities from New York State agencies. The Grantee Document Vault allows grantees and potential applicants to store key documents in a single secure location for use by all state agencies offering grant opportunities. Registration is required, but free. Additional information about grants is available at http://www.grantsreform.ny.gov/
https://www.grantsgateway.ny.gov/Intelligrants_NYSGG/module/nysgg/GOPortal.aspx

Philanthropy New York
A nonprofit membership association of grantmaking organizations in the tri-state area. Although NYRAG is not a grantmaking association, it offers opportunities for grantseekers to meet funders, publishes an online, full-text newsletter and provides a New York/NewJersey Common Application Form, which is accepted by 60 grantmaking organizations.
http://www.philanthropynewyork.org/s_nyrag/index.asp

Online Publications

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Fund raisers and grant makers alike keep current with the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the bi-weekly newspaper of the nonprofit world. Although some information is restricted to Chronicle subscribers only, the site lists the Web addresses of foundations; upcoming grants deadlines; descriptions of regional workshops, seminars and conferences; includes some full-text articles from the current and past issues of the Chronicle.
http://www.philanthropy.com/

Magazine Articles on Philanthropy
Current magazine articles about philanthropy sorted by date through MagPortal.com.
http://www.magportal.com/c/soc/philan/

The NonProfit Times Online
A business publication for nonprofit management.
http://www.thenonprofittimes.com/

Philanthropy Journal
An online source for news about nonprofits, social issues, and policy change.
http://www.philanthropyjournal.org/

Philanthropy News Digest
The Foundation Center's online newsletter. Contains philanthropy-related articles and features from American print and electronic media.
http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/

Grants by Subject

Academic Fundraising
Provides a starting point for individuals interested in finding more information on foundations, fundraising, proposal writing, and more, with a focus on academic resources.
http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/4acfrais.htm

Art A-Z Grants
Includes links to various online resources for art-related grants and funding.
http://www.antiquesatoz.com/artatoz/grant.htm

Education World: The Grants Center
Provides information on current education grants, grant sources, and grant writing tips and resources.
http://www.educationworld.com/a_admin/grants/

Fundraising for Educators
Information for elementary and secondary school administrators and teachers looking for information on foundations, fundraising, proposal writing, etc.
http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/4edfrais.htm

Grant Resources for Individuals: Arts
Contains a list of resources for individuals researching grants in the arts.  Also contains links to resources for grants in other disciplines.
http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/2arts.htm

National Endowment for the Arts: Grants
Contains information to apply for a grant, manage your reward, and listings of recent grants by category, location, and discipline.
http://arts.gov/search/content/grants

National Institutes of Health
The NIH funds the medical research of scientists at universities, hospitals, medical schools and research institutions in the U.S. and abroad. The site includes information about ongoing grant programs, special initiatives, application instructions, forms for grant programs, fellowships, research projects and career development awards.
http://www.nih.gov/

National Science Foundation
This independent U.S. government agency invests over $3.3 billion per year in science and engineering research through grants, contracts and cooperative agreements. The site includes information on grants and awards and online application forms and deadlines.
http://www.nsf.gov/

New Music USA
Contains a list of available music related grants, as well as advice for applicants and a link to request more information.
https://www.newmusicusa.org/grants/

New York State Council for the Arts
The New York State Council for the Arts makes over 2500 grants to arts organizations throughout New York State. Information about current funding opportunities and past grants is provided.
http://www.nysca.org/public/home.cfm

Religious Fundraising
Intended as a starting point for individuals interested in raising money for their church, synagogue, or religious organization.
http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/2religio.htm

Last Updated: May 8, 2014