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Grants Research Assistance: General Grant Resources

Free Foundation Resources

Foundation Center – 990 Form Finder
Free resource for locating tax returns for private foundations and other nonprofits.

Foundation Directory Online Quick Start
A free, limited version of the Foundation Directory Online database.  Requires a free registration to use.

Guidestar
An information resource for nonprofit organizations, including a directory of nonprofits and news on nonprofit topics.  

BBB Wise Giving Alliance
Reports from the Better Business Bureau evaluating national charities.

The Foundation Center
Provides news and statistical information on the world of philanthropy and directories of funders.

GrantSpace
Provided by the Foundation Center, provides easy-to-use, self-service tools and resources to help nonprofits worldwide become more viable grant applicants and build strong, sustainable organizations

Michigan State University Libraries - Grants for Nonprofits  
An extensive list of funding resources for many types of nonprofit programs.  There is a Michigan bias but most sources listed are available nationally.

Federal Funding Resources

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
A directory of federal programs available to governments and nonprofit organizations.

Grants.gov
A simple, unified “storefront” to find, apply for, and manage Federal grants.

IRS list of Charitable & nonprofit organizations
A directory of organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions.

Benefits.gov
Find eligibility for federal and state government benefits.

The Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (CFBCI)
The US Dept. of Health and Human Services Partnership Center works to build partnerships between government and community and faith-based organizations.

Using the Foundation Center's 990 Finder

Grants for Individuals

Information on grants to individuals

Information on scholarships and fellowships

Information on private elementary or secondary school funding

Scholarships for non-traditional or returning students

Information on funding as an individual artist

Information on grants to help pay for emergency medical expenses

Funding resources for individuals with disabilities

Benefits.gov
Find eligibility for federal and state government benefits.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
Search for national and local foundations that give grants to individuals for research, education, arts, athletics, and general assistance in the Foundation Grants to Individuals database (available only on site at the SC State Library).