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 Corporate Giving
    This webinar is an introduction to the world of corporate support for nonprofits and to the effective utilization of the Foundation Center’s resources on corporate giving.  Get answers to what motivates corporate giving, how companies support nonprofit organizations, how to match organization’s needs to interests of a corporation, and how to make the most effective use of the resources to locate corporate funders. 
              Register          Lexington Park Library     Tues, June 17, 2-3 pm

  • Introduction to Grant Seeking and Writing
    An overview of researching grant opportunities and the grant writing process presented by staff from the library and College of Southern Maryland Nonprofit Institute. It includes hands-on demonstrations of the Foundation Center databases to find sources for grants and a review of the strategy for applying for grants.
              Register          Lexington Park Library    Thurs, June 19, 10 am-12 noon

  • Proposal Budget Basics
    This webinar,  geared to the novice grantseeker, will address questions concerning expenses:  “personel,” non-personal, and “overhead” expenses and the relationship between the project budget and the overall budget of the organization.
              Register          Lexington Park Library     Tues, July 22, 2-3 pm

  • How to Approach a Foundation
    This webinar covers strategies for effective communications with grantmakers from initial contact to what happens after receiving funding.  Learn how to initiate contact with potential funders, plan calls and meetings, communicate during and after a grant decision, and how to build lasting partnerships with grantmakers.     
              Register          Lexington Park Library     Tues, Aug. 19, 2-3 pm


Fee-based Workshops


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*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.