Grant funding can come from government agencies on the federal, state and local level as well as from corporations and private foundations.
Many types of organizations are eligible to apply for grant funding. Typical grant recipients are:
In order to receive a grant you must first find a grant that you are eligible to apply for and then write an application or grant proposal.
There are many online resources you can use to search for grants. There are free resources online as well as paid resources. Go to your state or local government websites to search for those grants.
Below are websites that maintain databases of grant opportunities.
-- Grants.gov Grants.gov maintains a free database of over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards. Watch this video - http://www.grants.gov/assets/Grants.govEligibility.html - to find out if you are eligible for a grant from the federal government.
-- Grantwatch.com Grantwatch.com provides a comprehensive listing of the most current funding opportunities: Federal, Foundations for nonprofits, for-profits, preschools, education, community, faith based organizations, universities, small businesses and government.
-- FoundationCenter.org The Foundation Center
-- TGCI.com The Grantsmanship Center
-- GuideStar.org Guide Star maintains a database of nonprofit organizations.
-- GrantStation.com Grant Station maintains a database of nonprofit funding sources
-- Foundation Search.com FoundationSearch maintains a database of nonprofit foundations
Grant Funding Resources
William M. Dingfelder, Ph.D., is an independent development consultant with over 25 years experience.
Whether you have no grant writing experience, have written a few small grants or contributed to major grant proposals, systematic grant writing training adds depth to your professional skills and can make you a more valuable asset to your organization.
Aardvark Non Profit Solutions is a national grant writing agency located in Pennsylvania's capital city, Harrisburg. Founded by Tanza Pugliese, Aardvark serves non-profit organizations looking to further develop their organizations and those groups looking for grants to achieve their goals.
The Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed.
Grants.gov simplifies the grants management process and creates a centralized, online process to find and apply for over 900 grant programs from the 26 federal grant-making agencies.
GrantWatch.com is the only website that provides a comprehensive listing of the most current funding opportunities: Federal, Foundation grants for nonprofits, for-profits, preschools, education, community, faith based organizations, universities, small businesses and government.
GrantStation.com, Inc. (GrantStation) offers nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the professional association of individuals and organizations that generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions. Founded in 1960, AFP advances philanthropy through its 30,000 members in 233 chapters throughout the world.
The Grantsmanship Center® was founded in 1972 by Norton J. Kiritz to offer grantsmanship training to nonprofit and government agencies.
American Grant Writers' Association, Inc. is a Florida nonprofit corporation and is a 501(c)6 exempt organization. The founding members saw a need for an organization to meet the needs of professionals who specialize in researching grants, writing proposals, and administering grants.