There are a variety of resources that can help you find grant funders that are a good fit for your program. The section below offers suggested sources to start your search. This page also lists several resources that provide guidance on how to create strong proposals once you find the right funder.
Finding Grant Funders
Finding the right organization to fund your grant is critical. Approaching a potential funder whose mission closely aligns with your program gives your proposal the best chance of success. Use the following sources to help you identify potential funders:
- Foundation Directory Online: A database of private foundations/corporate giving programs; requires subscription. Many public libraries purchase one for use by the public.
- Grants.gov: A hub through which all applicants for federal grants must go. Sign up for a daily email on newly-released opportunities.
- GrantStation: A database of private foundations, corporate giving programs, and government organizations that requires quarterly, annual, or multi-year paid membership. Look for periodic deep promotional discounts. Subscription includes grant writing tutorials and guidance on preparing a grants calendar.
- GuideStar: Connects funders with nonprofits. Provides free access to the 990 Forms (tax returns) of private and corporate foundations so you can see a funder's recent grants and awards.
- State agencies and specific state departments: State government funding may be available for local programs through agency-specific grants and contracts. To research these opportunities, review specific agency websites, register for email updates, or contact agency staff directly.
Resources for Grantwriting
If you need guidance on grantwriting, below are resources that you can use to gain a better understanding of the process.
- Books and self-paced e-learning through organizations like the Foundation Center
- DVD-based instruction combining videos of live trainings with exercises and workbooks, like Think.Write.Grow: Practical Strategies for Writing Winning Grants
- Federal grantwriting and submission toolkits, such as the Acquiring Public Grants Toolkit by the Administration for Children and Families
Interactive Learning Options
- Paid courses through your nearest community college
- Courses for nonprofits offered through SCORE
- Live trainings offered by organizations such as the Grant Training Center and the Foundation Center
- Online courses on research, proposal writing, and budget planning that are provided by private groups, such as the American Grant Writers' Association. Some courses may be self-directed.
- Tutorials on tips for better grantwriting that are a part of subscriptions to grant search websites, such as GrantStation