May 2013

Services · Grants Resource Center for Nonprofits

The Grants Resource Center is a partner library in the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network. The Grants Resource Center provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising, proposal writing, and nonprofit management, as well as the Foundation Center’s electronic databases. The Grants Resource Center is located in the Information & Reference Department at the Main Library.

Programs for Nonprofits

These monthly programs constitute a three-part series and are offered at the Main Library at various days and times. For more details, please call 513-369-6900. To view upcoming programs, visit our online program calendar.

  • Grant Seeking Basics is a two-hour course that provides an overview of the funding research process for those seeking grants for nonprofits from foundations, corporations, and grantmaking public charities.
  • Proposal Writing is a two-hour course that offers tips and techniques in successful proposal writing for nonprofits, including what goes into a successful proposal, how the material is organized, how proposal budgets are prepared, and how to present proposals to grant makers in ways designed to promote a positive response.
  • Grants Research Lab is a two-hour computer lab that offers the opportunity to receive staff help as you search for nonprofit grants using our electronic databases.

Electronic Databases

Access to electronic databases is only available in the Information and Reference Department.

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.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is an online database of over 8,500 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers.

Philanthropy In / Sight combines the Foundation Center’s rich data on grantmakers and their grants with familiar Google maps to tell the story of philanthropy. Choosing from a wide range of customization options, you can quickly create maps that reveal patterns of giving and funding relationships as never before.

Helpful Websites

Want to find more information online? Visit our Sites by Subject directory for a list of websites on fundraising, philanthropy news, nonprofit development, and more.

Booklist

New to nonprofits or seeking more knowledge? View our Reading Recommendations for books on fundraising, proposal writing and nonprofit administration. Search the catalog for more!

Questions?

Contact Phoebe Acheson, our Grants Librarian by phone (513-369-6934) or email.

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