Resources for Grant-Seekers
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The Chester County Library System offers a rich collection of resources to help those searching for and writing grants.
The Chester County Library in Exton is part of the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network (formerly known as the Cooperating Collections Network). As part of this international network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the Chester County Library provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center’s electronic databases: Foundation Directory Online Professional, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, and Philanthropy In/Sight. These fully searchable databases include detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation's top funders, and interactive mapping tools:
Includes basic profiles of nearly 90,000 U.S. foundations. Users can search by name, EIN, and location. Profiles include a foundation's background, purpose and activities statement, program area(s), fields of interest, financial data, and 990-PFs. For more advanced search options, such as program and interest field searches, visit the Chester County Library, Exton, to use Foundation Directory Online Professional
Foundation Directory Online Professional
Updated weekly, Foundation Directory Online Professional provides access to essential facts on grantmakers and their funding activities worldwide. To pinpoint prospective funders, explore four comprehensive databases: Grantmakers, Companies, Grants, and 990s. With geographic search tools, you can zoom in on regional and local grantmakers or grants by state, county, city, metro area, congressional district and ZIP code. Choose from over 1,100 indexed search terms or keyword-search. Interactive maps and charts show a funder’s giving trends, and you can click through to see recipient lists and grant details.
Find funders that provide scholarships, fellowships, grants, and a wide range of financial support to individuals.
Create maps to visualize the scope and reach of philanthropy—from local communities to countries around the globe.
With the exception of Foundation Directory Online Free, the Foundation databases may be used in-library at the Chester County Library - Exton only. Please see the Reference Desk for log-in assistance.
For further information on using our Funding Information Network Collection, please visit the Reference Desk, or contact us at 610-280-2620 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
II. Books available through the Chester County Library System.
Click here to start searching our online catalog for additional books related to grant writing.
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"…database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally -recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals. After you find the program you want, contact the office that administers the programand find out how to apply.”
A compendium compiled by the Regional Foundation Center. Visit the above link and select "Faith-Based Funding Resources” to view the 21-page PDF document dated December 2007.
Allows you to search and apply for federal grants. According to the web site, "Grants.gov is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards.” Also provides a wealth of information related to federal funding.
This compilation of resources focuses primarily on funding opportunities for individuals, such as financial aid or scholarships for students, rather than funding for nonprofit organizations. From the Michigan State University Libraries.
This compilation of resources focuses primarily on grants or funding sources for nonprofit organizations. A few categories (marked with an asterisk) are also of interest to individuals. From the Michigan State University Libraries.
Provides basic information on top grantmaking foundations in each state, and other state-specific information.
Includes a Funding and Program Finder, which allows you to search for grants, loans, and initiatives offered through the Department of Community and Economic Development. Useful for seeking funding for business ventures, community projects, or site revitalizations in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Foundations Online
Updated, online version of the Directory of Pennsylvania Foundations. Search by foundation name, county, city, zip code, major interest codes, total grants, contact person, and additional criteria. Search results include summary of recently-awarded grants, contact information, application guidelines, financial information, and more. Available for use at the Phoenixville Public Library; contact the Reference Librarian, Mark Pinto, at 610-933-3013, X32, or email@example.com for more information.
The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, 5th Edition
The new audio version of this popular title is available free of charge via this url.
GrantSpace is the the Foundation Center’s learning community for the social sector. Access a wide of variety of resources to gain the knowledge and skills needed to find funding, manage your nonprofit, and improve your community.
Free online tutorial from the Foundation Center.
"Information for starting & registering charitable organizations in PA. Links to regulations/forms needed for all states.”
Online short course from the Foundation Center. Available in five different languages.
Generate tables and charts on the size, scope, and giving priorities of the U.S. foundation community. All custom results can be downloaded for use in spreadsheets or exported as PDFs.
Through IssueLab, the Foundation Center of New York is working to more effectively gather, index, and share the collective intelligence of the social sector. IssueLab provides free access to thousands of case studies, evaluations, white papers, and issue briefs addressing some of the world's most pressing social problems.
Pennsylvania Foundations Online
Updated, online version of the Directory of Pennsylvania Foundations. Search by foundation name, county, city, zip code, major interest codes, total grants, contact person, and additional criteria. Search results include summary of recently-awarded grants, contact information, application guidelines, financial information, and more. Available for use at the Phoenixville Public Library; contact the Reference Librarian, Mark Pinto, at 610-933-3013, X132, or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Regional Foundation Center at the Philadelphia Free Library, 2nd Floor, 1901 Vine Street, Social Science and History Department
"The Regional Foundation Center informs the local nonprofit sector through research, resources and referrals. The RFC houses Philadelphia's largest publicly accessible collection of print and electronic resources on fundraising, nonprofit management, general philanthropy and institutional advancement. The RFC also provides free access to the Foundation Directory Online--the most comprehensive database of U.S. grant makers and their grants. Through its comprehensive collection and professionally certified staff librarians, the RFC promotes responsible nonprofit management and successful fundraising by nonprofit groups at all levels-- from grassroots startups to established institutions.”
The RFC provides access to the following databases: GrantSelect, Grants to Individuals Online, Pennsylvania Foundations Online, Foundation Directory Online (Professional Edition), GuideStar (Premium Edition).
Last Modified: 3/3/14