There are so many amazing resources available to help grant seeking organizations in different ways with their efforts, but also generally with their fundraising and nonprofit management concerns. Here are just a few of our favorite web-based resources below. (Do you have a favorite resource that you think should be listed here? Please contact us and recommend that we add it!)
Web-Based Grant Wrting Resources
Funding Search Resources
The following resources can assist your nonprofit in finding funding opportunities, none of the resources listed below are grant making organizations:
Grants.gov allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies. Grants.gov is a single access point for grant programs offered by Federal grant-making agencies.
The Foundation Center’s Foundation Directory Online provides access to subscribers to in-depth data on U.S. foundations and corporate givers. The information is based on 990s filed with the IRS. While there are numerous foundation research databases available, and the team at DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services does not endorse one database over another, the Foundation Center’s management of the Funding Information Network is a wonderful resource for grant professionals. Plug your zip code into the website and find the nearest location at a local library, college or university where you can access The Foundation Directory Online at no charge.
The common grant application format has been adopted by groups of grant makers to allow grant applicants to produce a single proposal for a specific community of funders, thereby saving time.
As part of the services of The Foundation Center, they email a weekly newsletter listing about a dozen new funding opportunities sorted by category such as education, environment and health. The opportunities are from around the country so not necessarily always applicable to your organization, but a great way to stay current on funding opportunities.
The Council on Foundations is a membership organization of more than 2,000 grant making foundations and giving programs worldwide. They provide leadership expertise, legal services and networking opportunities to their members and to the general public. The Council of Foundations is NOT a grant making body.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy is a newspaper for the nonprofit world. It is available in print and online for charity leaders, fundraisers, grant makers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise. The Chronicle releases a free weekly RFP Bulletin via email.
The Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ) is an independent, nonprofit news organization that has been serving nonprofit leaders, charitable foundations, educators, independent activists, and others involved in the civil sector for more than 15 years.
Grant Writer Resources
The Grant Professionals Association (formerly American Association of Grant Professionals-AAGP), a nonprofit membership association that builds and supports an international community of grant professionals committed to serving the greater public good by practicing the highest ethical and professional standards.
The Grant Professional Certification Institute (GPCI™) is dedicated to measuring and promoting competency and ethical practices within the field of grantsmanship. GPCI™ accomplishes its mission through the identification of grant professionals who display outstanding expertise and ethical practices as measured by a psychometrically valid and reliable assessment tool. Grant professionals such as Diane H. Leonard, GPC must first past the eligibility criteria by submitting an eligibility packet for consideration before sitting for a multiple choice and written exam. Once passed, the certification is good for a period of three years and is then eligible for renewal.
GrantChat is a weekly Twitter chat for grant professionals. Held every Tuesday at 12pm EST, each week 10 questions are posed to and discussed by the #grantchat community during the course of an hour. You can see the preview questions, read follow-up summary posts and learn more at www.grantchat.org.
CharityChannel is a resource that connects you to your nonprofit colleagues around the corner and around the world. Their Purpose: To foster a place where nonprofit professionals can learn from each other, share information and work together to advance the cause of philanthropy. The CharityChannel community is comprised of nonprofit-sector professionals from around the world who volunteer their time, advice, information, tips and articles for the benefit of the community.
CharityHowTo is the place where nonprofits learn. CharityHowTo provides premium nonprofit training webinars and supporting materials, teaching nonprofits about many important topics. The webinar topics include social media, grant writing, board management, fundraising, nonprofit auctions, online fundraising, Facebook and much more.