General Resources

  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: "…database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally -recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals. After you find the program you want, contact the office that administers the program and find out how to apply.”
  • Regional Foundation Center at the Philadelphia Free Library: "The Regional Foundation Center informs the local nonprofit sector through research, resources and referrals. The RFC houses Philadelphia's largest publicly accessible collection of print and electronic resources on fundraising, nonprofit management, general philanthropy and institutional advancement. The RFC also provides free access to the Foundation Directory Online-the most comprehensive database of U.S. grant makers and their grants. Through its comprehensive collection and professionally certified staff librarians, the RFC promotes responsible nonprofit management and successful fundraising by nonprofit groups at all levels- from grassroots startups to established institutions.”
  • Federal Grants: Allows you to search and apply for federal grants. According to the website, " is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards.” Also provides a wealth of information related to federal funding.
  • Grants for Individuals: This compilation of resources focuses primarily on funding opportunities for individuals, such as financial aid or scholarships for students, rather than funding for nonprofit organizations. From the Michigan State University Libraries.
  • Grants for Nonprofits: This compilation of resources focuses primarily on grants or funding sources for nonprofit organizations. A few categories (marked with an asterisk) are also of interest to individuals. From the Michigan State University Libraries.
  • Grantsmanship Center - Funding Opportunities by State: Provides basic information on top grantmaking foundations in each state, and other state-specific information.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development: Includes a Funding and Program Finder, which allows you to search for grants, loans, and initiatives offered through the Department of Community and Economic Development. Useful for seeking funding for business ventures, community projects, or site revitalizations in Pennsylvania.
  • Books available through the Chester County Library System: Find out how to search online through our online catalog for additional books related to grant writing. Conduct a keyword search to search in our online catalog.
  • Foundation Stats: Generate tables and charts on the size, scope, and giving priorities of the U.S. foundation community. All custom results can be downloaded for use in spreadsheets or exported as PDFs.
  • IssueLab: Through IssueLab, the Foundation Center by Candid's of New York is working to more effectively gather, index, and share the collective intelligence of the social sector. IssueLab provides free access to thousands of case studies, evaluations, white papers, and issue briefs addressing some of the world's most pressing social problems.

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