Our dedicated staff and exclusive resources help both new and experienced grant writers research, find, write, and win grants for 501(c)(3) nonprofits.
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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 Directory Online Professional is available for in-person use at any of our 41 neighborhood branches. , opens a new windowWhen there, use this link to access Foundation Directory Online Professional.
Foundation Directory's Online Essential is available to access online from any Library location through May 31, 2022. Find the perfect funders for your 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Library Programs for Nonprofits
These free monthly programs constitute a three-part series and are offered at the Downtown Main Library at various days and times. The bulleted list below is the suggested, but not required, sequence in which to take the classes. For more details, please call 513-369-6900. To view upcoming programs, visit our online program calendar.
- Introduction to Finding Grants 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.
- 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.
- Introduction to 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.