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

  • Proposal Writing Basics
    This free webinar covers how the proposal fits into the grant seeking process, what to include in a standard proposal, and more.  Especially geared for those new to proposal writing.
              Register          Lexington Park Library      Thurs, Sept.  18 ,2-3 pm

     

  • Introduction to Grant Seeking and Writing
    Use the Foundation Center databases to find sources for grants and review the strategy for applying for grants.  Leave with enough information to begin your grant seeking and writing work.  Presented by staff from the library and from the Nonprofit Institute of the College of Southern Maryland.
              Register          Lexington Park Library       Thurs, Sept. 25, 10 am- 12 noon

     

  • Your Board and Fundraising
    This webinar covers the process of getting your board involved with fundraising.
              Register          Lexington Park Library       Tues, Oct. 7, 2-3 pm

     

  • You Got the Grant!  Now What?
    This webinar is designed to helpyou sucessfully manage life after the grant. 
             Register          Lexington Park Library        Tues, Nov. 4, 2-3 pm

     

  • Nonprofit Sustainability
    This webinar covers strategies for developing key elements of nonprofit sustainability in your organization.
              Register        Lexington Park Library        Tues, Dec. 2, 2-3 pm

     

 

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.