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Guide to Grants Resources

Commerical and Private Sources

The Foundation Center is a national nonprofit service organization recognized as the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust.

The Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin is a weekly service of the Fundation Center and provides a brief overview of current funding opportunities by foundations and other grantmaking organizations.


The Council on Foundations  is a national nonprofit association of approximately 2,000 grantmaking foundations and corporations. As a leader in philanthropy, the Council strives to increase the effectiveness, stewardship, and accountability of its sector while providing members with the services and support they need for success.


The Grantsmanship Center® was founded in 1972 by Norton J. Kiritz to offer grantsmanship training to nonprofit and government agencies. Today, it conducts about 150 workshops annually in grantsmanship training, as well as earned income strategies for nonprofits.  There are also numerous resources for grantseekers available at no cost on the site. These include daily grant announcements from the Federal Register, archives of The Grantsmanship Center Magazine, indexes to funding sources at the local, federal and international levels, and more.


Government Sources



The Assistance Listings (formerly the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance) is a government-wide compendium of federal programs, projects, services, and activities that provide assistance of benefits to the American public.  It contains financial and non-financial assistance programs administered by departments and establishments of the Federal government. Indexes offer various means of accessing information.  is the federal government's portal to information online. 

  • Searching the Money and Shopping section on the homepage, select the category "Government Benefits, Grants, and Loans."  It will offer a list of topics that will connect the user to the appropriate federal agency.
  • The "Search the Government "feature on all pages will allow for keyword searching using terms like "grants" and "childcare" which will search all links on the site.  Adding the name of an agency or a state will limit the grants by government department of geographic area.