The process of finding grants typically begins with prospect research. Foundations generally give based on subject and geographic region, so look for funders whose interests match your organization's mission, programs, populations served, and locations served.
Please note that foundations generally give to nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status. If you don't have exempt status, first consider finding a nonprofit to work with or to act as your fiscal sponsor. These might help you qualify for more funding opportunities. To learn more, please see our articles on fiscal sponsorship.
Foundation Directory Online is Foundation Center's searchable database that provides an unsurpassed level of comprehensive and accurate information on grantmakers and their grants. You can search based on field of interest/subject, geography, grantmaker type, type of support, trustee names, and many other search fields. See a sample record.
We also offer these free online resources for finding grants:
- Foundation Directory Online Quick Start: Search by name, city, state, ZIP, or EIN to get contact details, grantmaker information and links to recent 990s.
- Requests for Proposals (RFPs): Announcements of funding opportunities. Also available as an RSS feed or free weekly e-newsletter.
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