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 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
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