Grants Research

Your eligibility depends on the foundations or charities to which you apply.  Research will help you determine the best places to apply to meet your needs, whether individual or for an entire organization.

  • discusses types of grants available from federal government

There are grants, scholarships, financial assistance and similar programs.  Funding or grants may be for a very specialized area, look for the ones that best suit your needs.

What is a Foundation?

Private and public foundations are organized for the purpose of providing funds in some form, such as grants, to organizations, businesses, groups, or individuals for designated research and other causes.

What is a Charity?

A charitable organization collects and distributes materials and money for those in need.  It may also provide voluntary help.

Where can I find a charity or foundation that offers grants or assistance?



Investigate an Organization


Individual funding programs will also provide application instructions

  • Nonprofit – Nonprofits Grants Resources Links
  • Grants,etc – maintained by the University of Michigan, provides links to funding sources and learning resources
  • – federal government grants and financial assistance

What is a proposal, and how would I write one?

Is there anything for scholarship searches?

Gale Virtual Reference, accessible from the Library Web page, at the e-Net stations or from home with your MPPL library card, provides complete text of the six volume College Blue Book and of Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans.  [Please place direct links to these highlighted items: Gale Virtual Reference and open “Education”]

  • Register (free) on FastWeb to gain personalized information about scholarships, colleges, internships, jobs, and more.

I’m a teen, but I want to help—where can I learn about volunteering?

  • There is a great deal of information on about projects and causes.  Enter your zip code to learn what’s available in your area.

Reference Books in Print

The Grants & Foundations Table holds directories, registers, and other books related to funding and grants.  Among them are:

Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing GRANTS R 361.7068 FOU
Foundation Directory GRANTS R 361.7068 FOU
Foundation Grants to Individuals GRANTS R 001.44 FOU
Grants Register GRANTS R 378.3 GRA
National Directory of Corporate Giving GRANTS R 361.765 NAT
National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations GRANTS R 658.048 NAT


Reference: Available at Reference Desk

Government Assistance Almanac RD R 352.7097 GOV