Grant Seekers

Grant Seeker Resource Center

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Lexington Park Library is a  Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center* (formerly known as the Cooperating Collections network).  As a partner, Lexington Park Library maintains the following resources that individual researchers and nonprofit organizations can use to research funding opportunities.

Print materials (many can be checked out) covering:

  • fundraising
  • grant seeking
  • nonprofit management and board development
  • proposal writing
  • philanthropy


Online Databases- Free in-house access at Lexington Park Library ONLY!

Profiles of 92,000+ foundations, corporate donors and grantmaking public charities, and a million plus recent grants.  Links to IRS 990’s, funder portfolios and grantmakers’ websites.

Searchable information on 6500+ foundation and public charity programs that provide support for students, artists, researchers and other grant seeking individuals.

An interactive mapping tool for anyone interested in the impact of philanthropy around the world.  It combines data on grantmakers and grants with familiar Google maps.  Choose from a range of customization options  to create maps that reveal patterns of giving and funding relationships.  Users also can overlay grant data with more than 150 demographic, socio-economic, and other data sets to create visual portraits showing where philanthropy has made an impact and where opportunities exist to fill critical needs.

Free Workshops on fundraising and grant seeking

  • Introduction to Proposal Writing- July 24, 10:30am-12pm,Calvert Library, Prince Frederick
    • This workshop will give participants an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include the basic elements of a proposal, the “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal, how to follow up whether the answer is yes or no, and a 30-minute hands-on exercise to develop a proposal outline.
    • To register or if you have any questions, please call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862, or register online external link

  • 10th Annual Free Grant Training Seminar- DON’T FUDGE IT-BUDGET!- August 28, 9-11:30am, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus
    • Do you dread having to prepare the grant budget? Do all those financial terms sound like a foreign language? What is an indirect cost? For more information on topics such as these,
      come and participate in this interactive session. Class size is limited and preregistration is required. To register, contact Becky Cockerham at 301-934-7648 or

  • Foundation Center’s Washington D.C. calendar of classes external link      


Fee-based Workshops


Other websites of interest:


*About the Foundation Center – Established in 1956, and today supported by more than 600 foundations, the Foundation Center is the nation’s leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust.  The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants.  It operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level.  The Center offers free and affordable resources at its website; in its five regional library/learning centers; and through its network of Cooperating Collections.