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
- Outfitting Your Grants Toolbox
This free seminar provides interactive session on the following: Local, national, & online resources; benefits of social media; ensuring your information is accurate and in place; preparing the proposal for best results; proposal budget basics; and the final checklist and application submission. Bring our questions and share your experiences. Registration required by Aug 15. Contact Becky Cokerham, 301-934-7648 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CSM LaPlata Campus, Bldg Bl, Rm 113. Fri, Aug. 22, 9-11:30 am
- 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 Fouondation 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
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