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.

  • Foundation Directory Online – Available for in-house use only.
  • Grants.gov – 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.
  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance – lists services, projects, programs. See the “General Info” link on this site, a CFDA overview, writing grant tips, and FAQs.

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?

General:

Government:

Investigate an Organization

Individual funding programs will also provide application instructions

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

Is there anything for scholarship searches?

Gale Virtual Reference Library, accessible from the Library Web Resources 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.

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 dosomething.org about projects and causes.  Enter your zip code to learn what’s available in your area.

Reference Books in Print

Grants RegisterR 378.3 GRA
National Directory of Corporate GivingR 361.765 NAT
National Directory of Nonprofit OrganizationsR 658.048 NAT

Reference: Available at Reference Desk

Government Assistance AlmanacRD R 352.7097 GOV