Nonprofits in search of grant funding, whether from private or public foundations or government agencies, can find a number of helpful resources on the Internet. Some of these resources are free and some are available only via subscription.
Here are some of the best:
1. The Chronicle of Philanthropy. A limited number of articles posted by this independent news organization can be viewed for free online, but you must subscribe to the Chronicle to read the remaining (online as well as print) articles. A subscription also gives you access to GrantStation’s searchable database of grantmakers and funding agencies.
2. Foundation Center. This stellar website pulls together much of what you’ll need: substantive advice; research studies; a Philanthropy News Digest that publishes on a daily basis requests for proposals (RFPs) and summarizes philanthropy-related news articles going back to 1995; and links to other helpful sites.
3. Foundation Directory Online. Updated weekly, this subscription-based service of the Foundation Center has several versions. The most basic provides access to profiles of more than 100,000 U.S. foundations. The most expensive offers information on over 140,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S.; a database of more than 4,000 sponsoring companies; and a database of over 3.8 million recently awarded grants. Subscription rates currently range from $280 to $2,400 per year.
4. USA.gov. This U.S. government website offers helpful tools and information for nonprofits, including a site called Grants.gov that allows you to search and apply for federal government grants.
5. GuideStar. Here you’ll find information on all kinds of nonprofits, foundations included. You’ll need to subscribe and pay to use GuideStar’s tools for searching, comparing, and accessing funder data, including Forms 990 and
6. The Grantsmanship Center offers training and publications to help nonprofits plan programs and write grant proposals. Access to GrantDomain, the center’s database of government, foundation, and corporate funders, is available 990-T.to alumni of its training programs as well as via paid subscription.
7. The Philanthropy Journal disseminates news about foundations and other nonprofits as well as fundraising trends.
8. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. This site lists all federal programs that provide assistance or benefits to nonprofit and other organizations and entities.
9. The Nonprofit Quarterly is a journal designed to help nonprofits with strategizing, fundraising, regulatory compliance, and more. You have the option of subscribing to the digital-only or print-only versions.
10. Nonprofit World. This is an online quarterly magazine that covers issues relating to the governance, fundraising activities, and day-to-day operation of nonprofit organizations.