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!
- Foundation Directory Online Professional
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.
- Grants to Individuals Online
Searchable information on 6500+ foundation and public charity programs that provide support for students, artists, researchers and other grant seeking individuals.
- Philanthropy In/Sight
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.
Upcoming Training Sessions:
Introduction to Finding Grants
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. Learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, then wrap up with 30 minutes of hands-on, guided online grant research. Please note: This orientation is not intended for individuals seeking grants for their own use.
Lexington Park Monday, June 12, 2 – 4 p.m. Register
Introduction to Fundraising Planning
Presented by Janice Rosenberg from the Washington, DC Foundation Center. Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success. Learn the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, then wrap up with an optional 30-minute exercise after the in-person class. Prior attendance at Introduction to Finding Grants is strongly recommended.
Lexington Park Wednesday, July 12, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Register
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
- The Enoch Pratt Free Library has an extensive grants collection and trained personnel
- Nonprofit Institute at the College of Southern Maryland -resource for all area nonprofits
*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.