Grant Seeker Resource Center
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:
- grant seeking
- nonprofit management and board development
- proposal writing
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 Finding Grants- June 15, 10:30am-12pm, Lexington Park Library
- Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders. You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants including who funds nonprofits and what are funders’ motivations, what do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding, and how do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.
- Registration is required. Register online or call (202) 331-1400.
- 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
Other websites of interest:
- Foundation Center
- Foundation Center’s Washington D.C. Library for additional resources
- Grants.gov is the source to find and apply for federal grants
- Guidestar is a National database of nonprofit organizations
- Enoch Pratt has an extensive grants collection and trained personnel
- Nonprofit Institute at the College of Southern Maryland -resource for all area nonprofits