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Good Online Resources for Grant Funding

The Internet can be a great tool in your search for grant funding. Online resources for information about grants abounds. Here are some of the better Web sites for grant funding information:

  • The Foundation Center: In the United States, the most affordable nonprofit Web site with the largest database for corporate and foundation funding sources. The Foundation Center’s online directory has multiple paid-subscription levels ranging from basic (10,000 foundations in the database) to professional (over 92,000 detailed profiles). If you decide to pay for a subscription, you’ll have access to detailed information on foundation and corporate funders. The pages of info you pull up on these funders are referred to as funder profiles.

    Besides having tons of online info, the Foundation Center also has some hard copy publications. Even though these materials aren’t free, they still make great desktop references if you write grant proposals in specialized areas. You can buy any of these resources by visiting The Foundation Center's Marketplace.

  • A subscription-based Web site that provides members with quick and easy links to all current sources of grant money and tells visitors how to secure available funding. GrantStation’s features allow members to find a funder by using the Grantseekers Toolkit, which provides information on new funding opportunities, deadlines, and training for grant writers. The Grantmaker Updates feature at the bottom of this Web site’s home page lists three to five new funding announcements each week.

  • Fundsnet Services: Perhaps the most comprehensive free-access Web site of its kind. When you pull up the Fundsnet Services home page, you find so many useful links that you may just have a dizzy spell, including Arts & Culture Grants, Disability Grants, Education Grants, Environment & Conservation Grants, Foundation Directory, Community Foundations, Women Grants, and Computers & Technology.

    The downside of this free Web site is that some funder links are broken and the information isn't updated with the same frequency as the Foundation Center’s Online Directory.

  • Fortune 500: You can use the Fortune 500 lists to quickly find potential, financially healthy corporate grantmakers. The Fortune Web site saves you search time and gives you the companies’ rankings where financial assets are concerned.

    Click on a company name, and you can see general financial information about the corporation. In order to find out where the company is headquartered and where it operates, you must click on the link to its Web site. A separate page should open, and from there you can look for links such as About Us or Corporate Governance.

    Finding corporate locations in your state or city takes some clever detective work, but it’s well worth your time. You can find multiple corporations that offer grants in your state or community. Again, this is where they practice their social responsibility.

  • UrbanMinistry Grants: Offers information on hundreds of Christian foundations, nonprofit discounts, and sources of in-kind donations. You can also sign up for a newsletter and RSS feed that provides updates of the latest grant opportunities.

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