Resources for Non-Profits and Grantseekers

Foundation_center_logo.svgA key element of the AFIC (Arlington Funding Information Center) is our Foundation Center Funding Information Network Collection. This is a collection of resources for non-profits and grantseekers The Collection can help you:

  • start a nonprofit organization
  • learn the basics of grant seeking and grant making
  • gather information about grant proposals and proposal writing
  • find detailed profiles for foundations and corporate givers
  • explore additional topics related to philanthropy, volunteerism and fundraising

Established in 1956 and today supported by more than 600 foundations, the Foundation Center is the nation’s leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants. It also operates research, education and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level. There are over 350 free funding information centers in libraries, community foundations and other nonprofit resource centers that provide a core collection of Foundation Center publications and a variety of supplementary materials and services in areas useful to grantseekers.

The Foundation Center’s website is available to anyone with Internet access. However, the grants online databases are available at the East Branch Library only. Two computers located in the AFIC are reserved for grant researchers using the following resources:

Foundation Directory Online (in-Library use only)

The premier resource for locating in-depth information about grantsmakers and their grants. Includes almost one million grant opportunities from about 90,000 grantmakers. Either keyword text search all fields in this database or limit results geographically, by fields of interest, types of support, donor name, and more. Results may be sorted by total giving or total assets. Records include Profile, Grants, News/Jobs/RFPs, Publications, People and 990s, where available. Updated weekly.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (in-Library use only)

One of the most comprehensive databases of foundations that provide a wide range of funding support for individuals for purposes, including scholarships, student loans, fellowships, program development, internships, professorships, arts and cultural projects, research, and general welfare. Either keyword text search or limit results by foundation name, geographically, by fields of interest, types of support, or school name. Updated weekly.