In this article, we offer the top ten resources that grant seekers should take into consideration when diving into the world of grant-making. Some of the most successful grantees have relied on these websites to obtain the necessary information and guidance.
1. The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center is the optimal place to find information about funding options sponsored by foundations, corporations and public charities. This website operates a basic search engine called the Foundation Finder that people can use to look up for grants that align with their interests. For a more comprehensive option, the Foundation Center manages a subscription service called The Foundation Directory Online, which provides detailed information about more than 100,000 entities, their previously awarded grants, and more. People who plan to rely on grants to achieve their long-term scientific or educational goals might consider subscribing to the directory, as it contains valuable information that can be scarcely found anywhere else.
Grants.gov is the de facto place to learn about government grants. This website is maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Since its establishment in 2002 by President George W. Bush, Grants.gov houses more than 1,000 grant programs sponsored by a variety of federal agencies with the purpose of stimulating research and innovation as well as promoting entrepreneurship.
3. The Grantsmanship Center
The Grantsmanship Center is a powerful source of advice and information for grant seekers. This organization provides assistance to grantees and grant-making organizations usually through training sessions. They also release publications that delve into relevant topics such as planning and writing compelling grant proposals. However, one of their most popular resources is called the State Grant Resources map, which allows visitors to search for grant opportunities by state.
GrantStation is a popular website that offers a wealth of information to help people find the grant they need to succeed. The website has the option to subscribe and stay up to date with the latest grant opportunities, strategies and more. What makes GrantStation unique is the ability to find grant-makers all over the world. However, to access all of the features one must subscribe to their all access program.
Instrumentl is an innovative way to find the grant that suits your project the most. The sales pitch of this website is that it allows you to search for grants in “autopilot”. All that you needed to do is submit a project or proposal and the automated system will keep track of new grants that match your ideas. At the moment, access to this service is only available as a monthly subscription. However, a 14-day trial has been recently enabled.
GuideStar is one of the world’s largest sources of reliable and accurate information about thousands of non-profit organizations. Since its foundation, the company has been gathering, organizing and distributing up-to-date data about most non-profits in the United States. Many donors and funders explore the website’s vast database to find charities to support and grantees to fund.
7. The BIG Database
The BIG Database is yet another powerful search engine that was recently upgraded to its 3.0 version. It includes a robust toolset that grant seekers can use to find the funding opportunity they seek through advanced data visualization techniques, like geographic search. Since 1995, Metasoft has maintained the BIG Database, which as of 2018 includes information on more than 20,000 foundations.
8. The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The Chronicle of Philanthropy is one of the most popular magazines of the nonprofit world. It was founded in 1988 by Phil Semas and Stacy Palmer as one of the first of its kind. With a circulation of around 25,000 units per issue, the Chronicle is a key resource that grantees can take advantage of to stay updated about possible funding opportunities. The online version of the magazine is updated on a daily basis and includes an extensive grant database for subscribers. Individuals and groups that want to pursue a career in the nonprofit world will find this subscription well worth the $85 it costs per year.
9. The Council of Foundations
The Council of Foundations operates a Community Foundation Locator service on their website. Through an interactive map, users can find the list of all accredited community foundations per state. This is very useful for grantees that have an interest in funding from local institutions rather than their federal equivalents, given that these may have lower requirements and a smaller competition.
10. The Grant Advisor
The Grant Advisor is a popular newsletter among educational institutions across the United States. In both its paper and online versions, The Grant Advisor offers its subscribers access to reliable, up-to-date information on grant, research and fellowship opportunities from federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and independent foundations. Each monthly issue of the newsletter contains detailed reviews of about 25 different grant programs, along with their eligibility requirements, funding amount and contact information. As of 2018, access to the paper version has a cost of $375/year, while the online version (which includes all-day access for entire institutions per subscription) is valued at $685/year.