Grants for Nonprofits

A grant is a transfer of money usually from a nonprofit agency or government agency to another nonprofit or government agency.  A grant may be given to an individual (such as a scholarship or fellowship) but it is more often given to an organization.  When a grant is given, there are usually no requirements to repay the money.  The library often gets inquiries about how to get “free” money or grants to meet a particular need.  While grants might not be available in every situation, other forms of assistance are still very valuable. 

We have put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions and answers about locating grants and other types of assistance.  Click the above link for further information and resources.

In addition to the resources provided on our Frequently Asked Questions page, the library maintains subscriptions to the following Foundation Center databases.  These databases can be accessed in the Business/Sciences Department on the 3rd floor of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library:



Updated weekly, Foundation Directory Online Professional provides access to  prospective funders through four comprehensive databases: Grantmakers, Companies, Grants, and 990s. With geographic search tools, you can zoom in on regional and local grantmakers or grants by state, county, city, metro area, congressional district and ZIP code.



An online database of nearly 10,000 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. 


Additional resources for finding grants can also be found on the websites below:

Grants for Nonprofits is a webpage provided by the Michigan State University Library. It is a collection of funding sources, arranged by subject. 

TGCI, the Grantsmanship Center, offers links to grants including international funders. Search by geographic region.


For more information about how to find grants, please visit the GrantSpace Knowledge Base.  


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